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Canines and their owners set to roll into Burley for popular Dogstival event

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THE event dedicated to the celebration of man's best friend, Dogstival, is set to roll into Burley on the weekend of June 5-6.

Dubbed "Glastonbury with the bark factor", the two-day festival at Burley Park, kicking off on Saturday, promises fun for pets and their owners.

Organiser Richard Nowell said: "We can't wait for the weekend to arrive to celebrate the coming together of our four-legged friends, who have been the best therapy this past year.

It features various events which offer dogs a chance to showcase their agility and speed
It features various events which offer dogs a chance to showcase their agility and speed

"Every year, we dream up new ideas that will entertain dogs of all breeds or sizes – we’re counting down the days until we can get together with friends old and new."

This year’s event features The Big Bliss Bolster Bed visitor experience, courtesy of award-winning, luxury dog bedding designers Charley Chau. The brand's most luxurious dog bed will be upscaled to one bigger than a super king.

Celebrity vet Dr Scott Miller will also host Q&A sessions and give talks on keeping pets in tip-top health, and the event will feature a parkour show in an epic adventure playground. Participation activities including canicross – cross country running with dogs – flyball, agility, fun scent challenges and the giant K9 dog diving pool.

A live canine cooking stage will focus on nutrition, and Natalie Light will host The Behaviourist Lounge.

There will also be pop-up vet and physio drop-in centres, and the UK’s only pet detective Colin Butcher will make an appearance with his partner in crime Molly, a six-year-old spaniel.

For the first time, Dogstival will create a comprehensive Gundog Village to bring together five different scurries and masterclass displays – including demonstrations from acclaimed expert Sam Thatcher – as part of a homage to the New Forest being William The Conqueror’s old hunting ground.

Dotted around the show ground will be stages with live music, more than 140 independent stalls selling every doggy delicacies and kit, and locally sourced food and drink.

Dogstival was one of the few festivals permitted to go ahead last summer.

"We proved from last year that we’re able to deliver a safe, entertaining festival, and once again we’ll be implementing a range of measures designed to ensure the public feel confident," Mr Nowell added.

Dogstival will support a range of charities, including Furbuddies Rescue, Service Dogs UK, Pets As Therapy and Support Dogs For Epilepsy & Autism.

Tickets cost £13.90 adults and £8 for children aged six and over.

For more information, visit dogstival.co.uk

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