Suffolk Dog Day at Helmingham Hall near Stowmarket expected to attract 6,000 smiling faces and plenty of wagging tails
Dog owners can rejoice today as Suffolk Dog Day kicks off an array of canine celebrations.
Taking place at Helmingham Hall, near Stowmarket, the event is anticipated to see crowds of more than 6,000 people for the doggy day out.
It's been organised by Suffolk Community Foundation and will include demonstrations such as canine massage, dog grooming, behavioural training and a ‘have a go zone’ where your pooch can try out some agility training.
Event producer Laura Ripman said: “Everyone has pulled together to make sure that this is our best Suffolk Dog Day ever.
“We see families returning year after year, but with so many people owning a dog for the first time during lockdown, we look forward to seeing lots of new faces.
“Owning a dog seems to remove all barriers and our day at Helmingham is always a wonderful community celebration.
“This isn’t Crufts, it’s not about doggy excellence in that way - it’s an event by the people of Suffolk for the people of Suffolk.”
The day will also be celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as a fancy dress competition will be taking place with a royal theme of red, white and blue.
Other classes include Next Top Model, Bad Hair Day, For Your Eyes Only, Best Movement and Two of a Kind.
There’s special guest appearances from Blue Peter star Peter Purves, former About Anglia presenter Christine Webber, Mark Murphey and Luke Deal from BBC Radio Suffolk and Royal Ballet star Gary Avis MBE.
Helmingham Hall’s gates are open at 10am and the first class will be starting at 10.45am.
Tickets can be purchased for £13 for adults and £5 for children. A family ticket for two adults and up to three children under 16 is also available for £30.
The money raised from the event will be donated in the support of Suffolk charities and over the past 12 years, Suffolk Dog Day has raised more than £600,000 for charity.
Parking and an event programme are free and you can find more information by going to www.suffolkdogday.com.
Tim Holder, Head of Public Affairs at Suffolk Community Foundations, said: “We are really honoured that Suffolk Dog Day has been invited to make its return to Helmingham as part of The Festival of Suffolk and the Queen’s celebrations.
“We are going to sprinkle some stardust,spread some happiness, raise vital funds for charity and make the whole day a right royal affair.”