We know that your pup is part of the family, so as the days get brighter, we want to share some of our tips for a weekend of wagging tails, walkies and wet noses. From things to see and do, to what to pack for a day out with your four-legged friend, this short guide covers it all.
DOG FRIENDLY EVENTS
DOGA, TURING LOCKE
Get your yoga mat out for a relaxed morning of movement by Turing Locke with your four-legged friend. It is well known that our pooches can sense how we're feeling and in turn feed off our emotions, so practicing movement modalities at a Doga (dog-yoga) class acts as a bonding experience with your dog and 'keeps you aware of physical and emotional states.' The next class is on Sunday 21st May.
CHARITY DOG WALK, WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA
Join us for a charity dog walk from 10.30am on Saturday 13th of May. The walk will start at Wells beach in front of the beach huts, along the sand to Holkham beach and then back through the iconic pine woods. Register to pick up a free doggy bag that includes a map of the route, treats, a toy and a discount voucher for lunch at The Globe Inn. Plus, take a pawtrait in our Chestmutts beach hut! We will be supporting Norfolk Greyhound Rescue.
ALL ABOUT DOGS SHOW, NORFOLK SHOWGROUND
A weekend packed with exciting arena displays, shopping, expert advice and lots more. Although this event is not until the last weekend in August, it's certainly one to get excited for as one of the UK's favourite dog events! Tickets are limited, so we'd recommend getting in early.
SUFFOLK DOG DAY, HELMINGHAM HALL
Suffolk's biggest celebration of canines returns to Helmingham Hall in September. From Lowestoft's Dog Display Team performing breath-taking stunts and tricks to a fun dog scurry that your pooch can get involved in, there'll be plenty going on throughout the day. And, if you're feeling like taking a 'paws' from the main event, you can go for a wander around Helmingham Hall's landscaped gardens.
HEVENINGHAM HALL COUNTRY FAIR
As well as local crafts and food stalls, this country fair offers more obscure acts in their main ring. A monster truck show and stunt riding are the highlights of the show, but look to the skies for a spitfire display too! The list of events goes on and is ideal for a family day out in July with your dog.
WHAT TO PACK
Treats - Denzel's Soft Baked Chews and Soft 'n' Squishy Treats are our go-to to fuel a dog walk.
Poo bags - an absolute necessity.
Lead - a lot of places are open to dogs in the summer on the basis that they're on a lead.
Blanket - creates a homely atmosphere for the car journey, as well as in your bedroom if you're staying for the night.
Favourite toy - a great distraction for that long journey!
Dog-friendly sunscreen - those powerful rays are just as dangerous for your pets too. Take a look at dog-friendly sunscreen here.
Brush - maintain a knot-free coat while meeting and playing with new pup-friends.
Tweezers - for any ticks - you can't be too careful when exploring the countryside.
WHAT TO CONSIDER
Although we hope that a call to the vets won't need to be made, it's always a good idea to know where the nearest veterinary clinic is in case of emergency. Vets Direct helps you find a vet and make a booking.
'Are we there yet?' can be the soundtrack to many journeys when going to or from your holiday as it can be a long-old, boring drive. However, without being able to express so clearly how they're feeling, your dog may become anxious or stressed when travelling, so knowing that you can break a journey up with a stop or too can be most helpful. From dog-friendly service stations to country parks or short walks, we'd recommend checking out what's on route.
WHERE TO REST AND REFUEL
Dogs are particularly good at sniffing out their favourite places for treats and fuss, so our collection of coastal and country pubs with rooms are great spots to finish the day. While you enjoy our seasonal menus, your Chestmutt can devour a sausage or two from our Dog Menu or try Posh Pooch Wine.
To make the most of the weekend you may like to book a Sandy or Muddy Paws stay with us. Not only would this include dinner for two humans and bed and breakfast, your furry friend would get a cosy bed, towel, water bowl and snack to make their stay comfortable too! You can take a look at our doggy stays here.
For more on our dog friendly pubs with rooms including things to do around our region, take a look at our dedicated doggy website Chestmutts by clicking here