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The first four-legged festival off the starting blocks this summer, Dogstival is set to be a brilliant and deserved celebration for furry friends, after seemingly endless months of eat, dog walk, sleep, repeat.

Glastonbury with the bark-factor, Dogstival 2021 will take place Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June in the gorgeous surroundings of Burley Park in the New Forest, and promises a weekend dedicated to a dog’s enjoyment, fun, taste buds and more. And for all the lockdown pooches, it's the perfect opportunity to get out there and start ‘petworking’ with their fellow dog-kind.

The jam-packed line-up that will get every dog barking with excitement includes BARKOUR! New for 2021, Dogstival gives Parkour a little twist to create an adventure playground that will put dogs and owners through their paces, at whatever speed and challenge they choose.

Pup participation activities including canicross (cross country running with dogs), flyball, agility and fun scent demo challenges, as well as the giant K9 dog diving pool those who prefer their fun in water. There’ll also be fun canine IQ test, to reveal exactly ‘how smart is your dog?’

There’s a live canine cooking stage will focus on canine nutrition and have lips smacking and tongues drooling and This Morning’s Vet Dr Scott Miller will lead the pack on the Doghouse Stage, with talks and demonstrations on keeping a furry friend in tip top health.

For owners seeking a bit more advice on all things canine, there will be various Pop-up Vet and Physio Drop-In Centres positioned throughout the showground as well as talks from experts on behaviour with a special focus on all those lockdown puppies at their first ever festival.

As a celebration to the New Forest, William the Conqueror’s old hunting ground, Dogstival is creating a giant Gundog Village with five different scurries, masterclass displays and a ‘Working Test’ demonstration for crowd entertainment.

The Main Arena is set to be as big a draw as ever, with displays from the world beating Hampshire Fire & Rescue ‘Arson Task Force’ Dog Team. There’ll be mad-cap mayhem from the Little Nippers, Lurchers and Hawk racing, plus acclaimed gundog expert Sam Thatcher. It will also feature thrilling displays from, a flyball tournament with leading teams from across the south taking part, as well as fun quizzes and an old-fashioned sports day where owners can compete with their dogs to win prizes.

Burley Park will be packed with over 140 independent stalls selling every doggy delicacy or bit of kit imaginable and locally sourced food and drink. A live music line up completes the canine and human extravaganza!

Dogstival takes place on 5th & 6th June 2021 at Burley Park, New Forest For more information and tickets, visit Dogstival.co.uk and follow their socials @dogstival. Tickets are priced £13.90 adults, £8 children 6yrs plus. Concessions available.

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