We're pawsitively thrilled to be attending Pawfest!

From dog shows and Canicross classes to trade stands and live music, there’s something for all the family at Pawfest 2023!

16th June 2023

What is Pawfest?

Pawfest is a two day doggy festival celebrating the UK’s pawfect pooches (which is all of them, of course!).

From dog shows and Canicross classes to trade stands and live music, there’s something for all the family at Pawfest 2023!

For your dog, there’ll be a spectacular shopping village, dog trainers and behaviourists hosting live Q&As, an off-lead area, a muddy dog trail, Temptation Alley, Recall Race, two supersized ball pits, a mini ball pit for puppies, and more – including our very own stand! But more on that further on...

Be inspired to try something new thanks to live demonstrations of Canicross, Hoopers, Mantrailing, and Click Dog training.

There’s a lot to entertain kids, too. Pawfest will be hosting a Kidzone Funfair, face painting, bouncy castle, and a tombola race.

Love food and drink? There’ll be street food traders presenting the finest festival cuisine, as well as a fully licensed bar offering a slice of calm if you want to escape the canine-themed chaos of the day.

Where is Pawfest happening?

Nestled between the seaside surroundings of Deal and Kent, Pawfest is being held in the magnificent setting of Betteshanger Park.

Benefitting from around 230 acres of glorious, rolling countryside, beautiful Betteshanger Park offers a range of natural environments, like meadows and woodland, for you to explore with your dog.

Visit our blog post for 10 reasons to visit Betteshanger Park this summer!

When is Pawfest happening?

Saturday 7th October 2023 and Sunday 8th October 2023.

The festival will run from 10am until 6pm on the Saturday and the Sunday, so there’s plenty of time for you to experience the event with your best fur-iend(s)!

To fetch your ticket, visit the Pawfest Ticket Site.

Why will Animal Friends be at Pawfest?

We love meeting pet owners and their canines!

Pawfest provides a fantastic opportunity for our team to learn all about humans and hounds. Your stories inspire us, and putting your pup on a pedestal by celebrating their pawesomeness is something we love to do.

Not an Animal Friends customer? We still want to meet you and your dog!

Pop over to the Animal Friends stand for fun, photos, and a few freebies…

Plus, we’ll be donating £20,000 to the Oldies Club and Flori’s Friends Rescue on behalf of all our Pawfest visitors too.

Find out more about our campaign behind the £20,000 donation here.

How can I get involved at the Animal Friends stand at Pawfest?

Here are just a few ways you can join in on the fun ahead of and during the Pawfest weekend.

Take part in our #HomeofNoJudgement campaign now live on social media, by letting us know why your furry family members are so important to you and how they enrich your life.

By visiting our stand, you will be supporting amazing animal charities with us! Find out more about the supporting charities and why here.

Keep an eye out for great giveaways before the event through Pawfest’s Facebook and Instagram pages and across the weekend for a chance at winning fabulous prizes!

Visit our stand and you’ll be able to snap some super selfies and pose with your cute canine, and you’ll walk away with your very own keepsake Polaroid picture – all for FREE!

Share your Pawfest pics and stories on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok with the hashtag #HomeofNoJudgement and tagging us in for a chance to be featured on our socials!

Pick up some Animal Friends freebies on our stand, including our famous pink tennis ball!

So what are you waiting for? Fetch your ticket now by visiting the Pawfest Ticket Site.

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