Paws in the Park

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Dog-Friendly events

This weekend, get the whole family together, dog included, for a fun day out at Paws in the Park.

Taking place on 21 May, 10am-4pm at Nowton Park is Bury St Edmunds, the day will help raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice and feature fun activities all the family. 

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There will be four arenas with dog judging, dog agility and a gundog scurry, as well as food and drink stands, children’s amusements, craft stands, dog accessories, dog groomers and the St Nicholas Hospice Care Retail team.


Could your dog take home the award for Best in Show?

Stop by the dog show arena, where you can enter your dog into as many categories as you wish. Take your pick from the list below:

• Handsomest dog (small breed)
• Handsomest dog (large breed)
• Prettiest bitch (small breed)
• Prettiest bitch (large breed)
• Scruffiest mutt
• Waggiest tail
• Best puppy
• Best vintage
• Dog that looks most like its owner
• Best dressed
• Best rescue
• Best pair
• Best junior handler
• Dog judges most want to take home
• Best in Show (out of the above)

Category registration opens on the day from 10am-12pm. Judging starts at 12pm in the arena.

Cost: £1 per category

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Have-a-go dog agility and demonstrations

Claire Woodstock, a nurse from Swayne and Partners, will be running an agility demonstration as well as giving visitors the chance to have-a-go. As a supporter of a local bull terrier rescue centre, Claire has been taking part in agility for the last five years. Claire helps to rehabilitate the rescue dogs and this includes participating in agility with them. Even those with disabilities take part – deaf, three-legged and those with behavioural difficulties have been known to take part and some have competed at Crufts.

Throughout the day, there will be demonstrations from Claire and the opportunity to have a go.

Cost: £2 per dog

Gundog scurry

Veterinary Nurse Cheryl Fuller and the team from Swayne and Partners will be running gundog scurry have-a-go sessions throughout the day, with a prize for the fastest. See if your dog has the ability to be a working dog. Gundog owners train and work their dogs all year round, from participating at country fair events and displays during summer months to beating and picking up through the winter.

Cost: £2 per dog

Ticket prices

Advance online sales
Adult £5
Child £2
Family (two adults and two children) £12

On the day
Adult £6
Child £3
Family (two adults and two children) £15

Dog show categories

Gundog scurry

Dog agility

Please note, all dogs must be kept on leads and are the owners’ responsibility at all times.


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