Top 10 Dog-Friendly Festivals

Drinking a cold beer, wading through a muddy field in wellies, and listening to the biggest names in music; heading to a festival is the perfect way to relax and enjoy a summer weekend.  But while you’re away sleeping in a tent, what happens to your pet? More and more owners are deciding to bring their furry friends along for the festival fun. The bad news? Many of the big name festivals don’t allow dogs. The good news? There are plenty of amazing festivals that do…


1. Dentdale Music and Beer Festival – 24th-26th June 2016

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The Dentdale Music and Beer Festival provides free entertainment to the entire family, including furry members. With over 25 different types of Ale, kid-friendly games and crafts, delicious locally sourced food, the event is perfect for a cheap day out for some laid back fun.


2. Cropredy Festival – 11th-13th August 2016

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Cropredy is a picturesque village, five miles North of Banbury, which plays host to up to 20,000 music lovers each August for the annual Fairport Cropredy Convention, a festival that specialises in music that’s all about fun and positivity. The festival has a truly communal atmosphere, giving kids a warm welcome with special events such as teaching circus skills, and admitting all dogs.


3. Shrewsbury Folk Festival – 26th-29th August 2016

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As one of Britain’s favourite folk festivals, Shrewsbury Folk Festival prides itself on providing a distinctive mix of folk and roots music. The festival is a great option for all campers, featuring amazing music, great food and drink, incredible dance, and lots of kid friendly activities.


4. Ely Folk Festival – 8th-10th July 2016

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Taking place in the pretty cathedral city of Ely, this festival provides the opportunity to enjoy folk music in an intimate and friendly environment. As a dog friendly and activity packed event, Ely Folk Festival is perfect for a weekend camping trip or just a day out in the sun.


5. Farmer Phil’s Music Festival – 12th-14th August 2016

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Nestled in the rolling fields of Shropshire, Farmer Phil’s Music Festival is an all-encompassing, family friendly event that features 40 live music acts in three days. As well as great music, the festival also features unique entertainment such as magic shows and comedy acts, making it a great option for the whole family, including your dog.


6. Cambridge Rock Festival – 4th-7thAugust 2016

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If you’re looking for something a bit more rock n roll for you and your canine companion, try the Cambridge Rock Festival. Just 2.5 miles from the centre of Cambridge, the festival provides great food and ales alongside incredible rock and blues music.


7. Conwy Beer Festival – 24th-26th June 2016

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With a yard of ale competition as standard, Conwy Beer Festival is guaranteed to supply a super fun weekend in North Wales. The venue includes a free funfair, great live music, and, obviously, a lot of beer, making it a great option for families or simply the young at heart. Dogs and cats are allowed if kept on leads at all times.


8. Foodies Festival at Alexandra Palace – 27th-29th August 2016

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Foodies Featival is officially the biggest food festival across the UK, featuring pop-up restaurants, street food, cooking demos, wine and champagne theatre and a vintage tea tent. Spice lovers can take part in the daily Chilli Eating Challenge or if you have a more mellow palate head to one of the stages for an eclectic mix of live music. Dogs are permitted if kept on a short lead.


9. Stainsby Festival – 15th-17th July 2016

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Held in large marquees in the picturesque Stainsby in Derbyshire, Stainsby Festival is a charity event with a focus on live music: hearing, playing, writing, performing, and learning. There are lots of activities for children, great comfort food, and exciting live music. Dogs are warmly welcomed as long as they are kept on a lead and all poop is scooped.


10. Maverick Festival – 1st-3rd July 2016 

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Celebrating Americana and roots music from both sides of the Atlantic, The Maverick Festival is a fun filled festival featuring music, comedy, dance, film, and workshops across five stages. Dogs are allowed to tag along and enjoy the entertainment provided they are kept on a lead whilst in the festival grounds.

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