Paw patrol

Looking to find a few new canine companions for your pet pooch? Head to Bewl Water in Lamberhurst on Saturday March 25 for Big Dog Day Out, which returns to the reservoir for its 5th year…


Owning a dog is a source of great joy and comfort to many – especially over the last few years, with the number of people welcoming a puppy into their home and family at record levels.

Ten million of the UK population own a dog, and to celebrate our furry friends of all shapes and sizes, Bewl Water has partnered with insurance company Purely Pets to put on a special day that is sure to get tails wagging.

Organised by dog lovers for dog lovers, Big Dog Day Out is a popular event in Kent’s canine calendar which seeks to bring the dog world together with a host of human and pup-friendly events.

The day is free to attend and promises fun for the whole family. Among the highlights are a children’s treasure trail, face painting and a raffle. And as car parking for the day costs £7, families can make the most of their visit by enjoying a host of other activities that regularly take place at Bewl Water.

These include laser tag and soft play sessions, which can be pre-booked or enjoyed on the day, as well as bike hire, wildlife spotting and two adventure playgrounds.

The main attraction, the dog show will start at 11.00 am and run throughout the day, giving proud  dog owners the chance to enter their pups into a choice of five categories. It costs £1 per entry, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place rosettes will be awarded to the most handsome boy, prettiest girl, best biscuit catcher, best rescue, and dog the judge would most like to bring home.

Also happening at Big Dog Day Out is the agility course and a shopping village, where rows of  wonderful stalls filled with products for both man and his best friend will be available to explore.

From clothing and accessories to treats and handmade gifts, stall holders include Pure Connection Pets, Pops & Coco, Snuffle Monsters, Artistically by Amber, and Handmade by Tierney. Battersea Dog Home and Dog First Aid Sussex will also be attending.

Alongside goodies for your pets, there are plenty of treats for the rest of the family at the dog-friendly Waterfront Café which will be serving hot drinks and fresh pastries plus deli sandwiches, hot sausage rolls, and confectionery throughout the day.

Visitors can get involved on socials by using #BDDO23 where the Bewl Water team will be sharing updates in the lead-up to and after the event.

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