A HUGE festival of all things dog-related is to take place at Broadlands next month.
Canine kings and queens are set to descend on the country estate for Dogstival, which will also mark the Platinum Jubilee.
The festival will welcome around 15,000 people and thousands of dogs on Saturday June 4 and 5.
It is the first time the festival has been held at Broadlands, after previously being held in the New Forest at Burley Park and outgrowing its home due to its popularity.
Dogstival is billed as the ‘ultimate doggy weekend’ and will see four arenas full of canine approved entertainment, live music, street performers and the Muddy Paws Tavern which will host talks and breed meet ups.
At this special Platinum Jubilee edition, there will also be a giant doggy Barkingham Palace street party with a British afternoon tea created just for dogs. Plus, huge canine thrones.
New for 2022 and kicking off the celebration is Stand-Up Canine Comedy with the Barking Mad Comedy Club, from midday each day.
Guests can watch family-friendly shows from noon, panel shows which see canine experts team up with comedians at 2pm, followed by a more adult stand-up show at 4pm onwards.
The line-up includes dog-loving comedians with Jonathan Hearn, Adam Bloom, Mary Rourke, Barry Ferns and Mr Tony Law all set to appear.
The comedy line-up joins Dogstival’s wider entertainment offering of live music, which this year includes modern choir groups Love Soul Choir and Sing Now Choir, street performers and vintage funfair rides.
Dogstival founder, Richard Nowell said: “We’ve crammed Dogstival full of entertainment for the whole family.
“Each year we aim to bring new things or activities for dogs to try or humans to enjoy. Being the Jubilee weekend we have added all sorts of traditional fun mixed with our unique festival experience. We have great food, music and arena displays, and This year having a bunch of dog-loving comedians join us it adds another dimension.
“We are also delighted to be supporting some great charities through our Fun Dog Show where all the proceeds are shared between them. The Broadlands Estate is the perfect regal venue, we can’t wait.”
Expect four-legged activities galore too including Barkour, Dogstival’s twist on parkour, where pups can navigate their way through an adventure playground of agility ramps, tunnels, ball pits, see-saws and more, as well as agility, hoopers and flyball.
Dogs will also be able to launch themselves into the giant 10m dog diving splash pool and enjoy water-based retrieves in Dogstival’s Gundog Village area which is crammed full of six different ‘scurries’ to jump, navigate and tear around.
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Dogstival’s main arena returns with demonstrations from Lurkers & Hawk racing, crime-busting scent demo’s from the UK Pet Detectives Colin & Molly and showcases from a BMX Stunt Team.
The Dog House Stage will provide talks on canine health and behavior topics, including hot topics raw dog food, training tips and a puppy academy.
This year’s event will also support charities Battersea Dogs Home, StreetVet, Hampshire Search and Rescue Dogs and Pets As Therapy.
Dogstival takes place on June 4 and 5 at Broadlands Park, Romsey.
For more information and tickets, visit dogstival.co.uk.
Day tickets are priced £15 adults, £9 children over six.
Click the top image to see a gallery of pictures from the last event.