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Dog Festival
Sat 11th August 2018 to Sun 12th August 2018
Event Type: Event for all
Dog Festival

In continuing our celebration of the year of the dog, we will be hosting a summer dog festival. With plenty to entertain all the family, and of course our canine visitors too! Join us on the 11th & 12th August for a packed programme of dog themed events.


The ‘Incredibly Clever Canine Circus’ will be on hand to assist you in bringing out the performer in your dog. Take part in a 45 min training session which will finish with a 5 – 10 minute show in which your dog will perform to the visiting public!


Ryedale Dog Rescue will be running a Family Dog Show, with prizes being awarded for categories including Best in Show, and Most Handsome Hound.


‘Hounds With Hannah’ will be performing a gun dog display during the day, and also running a drop in Dog Clinic to advise on any of your dog related queries.


Don’t miss the chance to have a go at an agility course with K9 Aspects and East Yorkshire Agility Club, who will welcome dogs of all ages and abilities.


All activities during the Dog Festival are included in the cost of a standard admission ticket. You can view our admissions prices by clicking here.


HOUNDS WITH HANNAH – Drop In Dog Advice and Training Showcase

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Enjoy a drop in chat with Hannah and seek advice on a range of dog-related issues, from puppy and socialisation training, through to the Good Citizen Dog Scheme and dealing with behavioural issues. Find Hannah in the Walled Garden between 12noon and 3pm. Hannah will also be conducting gun dog displays in the Walled Garden at 11am and 4pm (duration 20 minutes), showcasing her students and their dogs.



Circus Workshops with The Dog Nanny |


Sign your pooch up for a fun Circus Workshop with Deborah. Each session lasts 45 minutes, which includes includes a 30 minutes training session, followed by a 5 minute break (to get the ruffs on!) before regrouping to deliver an entertaining 10 minute ‘performance’ to an audience. Places are strictly limited to eight dogs at each circus skills workshop. Children with dogs much be accompanied by an adult. Participants must register on the day.  All visitors are welcome to watch the 'performance'. Find us in the Boar Garden.


Circus Workshop One – 11.30am (performance at 12.05pm)

Circus Workshop Two – 1.30pm (performance at 2.05pm)

Circus Workshop Three – 3.00pm (performance at 3.35)



With K9 Aspects Training and East Yorkshire Agility Club  | 

By dazzled by skilful displays from the East Yorkshire Agility Club, who will be showing casing their talent in the Walled Garden. If you fancy taking your furry friend through the agility course, there will be opportunities throughout the day to test your dog’s nerves (and your own!) as Lesley Suggitt of K9 Aspects takes you through the course.  Lesley and the East Yorkshire Agility Club will be on site from 12noon to 4pm in the Walled Garden.

FUN FAMILY DOG SHOW WITH RYEDALE DOG RESCUE – Register on the Day                      

Join Ryedale Dog Rescue in the Boar Garden Ring for our fun dog show. With five categories to choose from, one is sure to suit your best friend.  A rosette will be awarded for 4th to 1st place, with each category winner going forward to ‘Best In Show’ and the chance to win the coveted Castle Howard Cup! Find us in the Walled Garden.

1.00pm - Cutest Pup (under 12 months)

1.30pm - Most Gorgeous Girl (any female dog)

2.00pm - Most Handsome Fella (any male dog)

2.30pm Golden Oldie (any dog over 7 years)

3.00pm Judges Favourite (open to all)

4.00pm Best In Show 

Pop along and find out more about the work of the Search and Rescue Dog Association. Meet some of the four legged team, both retired and dogs in training, who dedicate their lives to the search and rescue of lost walkers and climbers in the North of England.

Dogs are welcome at Castle Howard across many areas of the visitor attraction. In the Courtyard Cafe we allow dogs to accompany their humans both inside and outside and the butchers in the farm shop will happily provide you with a bone. We ask that dogs are kept on their leads in the Grounds but are welcome to enjoy all areas of the gardens, but please do not let dogs go in the adventure playground area. Down at the boathouse you'll find nice outdoor seating on the decking and bowls of water for your pooch, plus we serve dog friendly ice cream from the kiosk. Similarly we have plenty of seating in the Boar Garden, and can provide water bowls. Dogs are welcome in the Fitzroy restaurant but please refrain from bringing dogs into the House itself, with the exception of assistance dogs. Dogs are also welcome in the Garden Centre, where we stock a range of doggie items.

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