Broadcaster, writer, mum and owner of Posy the dog, Suffolk’s Emma Freud will officially open this year’s Suffolk Dog Day, which returns for the sixth successive year on Sunday 28th July and once again Lord and Lady Tollemache are kindly opening their stunning grounds and gardens at Helmingham Hall for the event that benefits the work of The Suffolk Foundation.
This year the adult showing classes for both Pedigrees and Crossbreeds, will take place in the newly named Helmingham Ring, (formerly the Main Ring) while child-friendly showing classes, as well as new events and features will take place in the extended Suffolk Ring.
The action packed day celebrates every aspect of the role that our canine friends play in our lives and shows just what intelligent and clever creatures they are. Try your dog in the “On the Scent” agility ring, in the Gun Dog Scurry or Doglympics, which was too successful to put away at the end of 2012 and its legacy lives on!
One new feature that’s creating a noise for this year’s Suffolk Dog Day. Doggytude – not to be outdone by any other musical event – is a dedicated bandstand with a packed programme of music from Suffolk’s home-grown musicians and singer-songwriters bringing you their own unique sounds.
Making their debut are Suffolk based musicians to entertain you during the day, organised by Justine de Mierre, doyenne of the Suffolk Open Mic series.
Here’s the programme:
10am Straight from the Horse’s Mouth
11am Justine de Mierre
1.15pm Kev Walford
2pm Fireflies on Mars
2.45pm Sara Deyn
3.30pm Reset Prose
4.15pm Straight from the Horse’s Mouth
Be sure to catch the amazing Flyball demonstration, dogs at work rounding up ducks and geese, a guide to grooming as well as news from some of the various voluntary and community groups who have benefitted from grants made by the Suffolk Community Foundation with monies from previous Suffolk Dog Days.
And in the newly named Helmingham Ring, which runs classes throughout the day, Essex Dog display team, recently returned from performing to celebrate the millionth dog that’s travelled through the Channel Tunnel, will be showing the skills of their rescue dogs at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. A Flyball demonstration, sheep dog display and the New Foundlands and Bull Terriers are also among the many acts that will be their on the day to entertain visitors.
The gates open at 10am and the ring action starts at 11.30am. Ticket prices will be held at 2011 prices with reduced entry for tickets bought in advance at £6 for adults, £4 for children and concessions and £16 for a family ticket giving entry to two adults and two children. Registration for dog classes is £3 per class and car parking is free.
• For latest news and to register for classes and buy tickets visit www.suffolkdogday.com or call 01473 786918.