Days Out & Events

Benfleet Creek  in Essex 'Dog Friendly Walk' 

From Benfleet Station to Leigh-on-Sea - 

1 h 25 min (4.2 mi) Each way

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This particular walk is popular with cyclists and runners - but you can see far enough ahead to pop your dog back on lead if need be!  

Hadleigh Castle overlooks the path and can be reached by taking a short detour up the hill. Just beyond this is also the Olympic Mountain Bike course.  Please note that parts of this walk can be muddy or wet after heavy rain.  

Stop at the fishing village of Leigh for lunch…there are fish and chip shop, the cockle sheds and several dogfriendly pubs with a K9 watering hole to stop at and take a breather before heading on towards Southend - or in our case - heading back!

Dogs are allowed on the beach at Leigh-on-Sea out of season - between October through to April 

Please Note: Access at Benfleet is via a gated private road which is sometimes locked by the residents.  

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The Blackwood Arms Walk A beautiful 4 1/2 mile Burnham Beeches walk, featuring a convenient stop at The Blackwood Arms.

This is a circular wallk and can start and finish at the Blackwood

Littleworth Common, Burnham Beeches, South Bucks, SL1 8PP

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An old favourite visited by thousands of dog owners every year is the beautiful Elvaston Castle located in the village of Elvaston, which is set perfectly between Derby and Nottingham.

This was a real favourite of ours when we used to take Bella for a walk and she loved nothing more than the opportunities she got to explore while she was there. And with Spring having arrived there's no better place than Elvaston Castle to see this season in all it's glory!

To give you a bit of a background to start, the estate was opened in 1970 and was one of the first country parks in England. Today both the buildings and gardens are registered as being of special architectural and historical interest so there’s a great deal to see while taking in the surroundings.

Elvaston W2SAt the heart of the estate lies Elvaston Castle, a gothic revival masterpiece (not open to the public unfortunately) designed by James Wyatt in the early 1800s based on the original house dating back to 1633. Just to walk around the castle itself and take in the stunning design is a real must when visiting.

With stunning woodland walks it's a haven for birdsong and hearing the rustling of wildlife, so really is a peaceful way to escape the day to day grind. Some days you will pass a few people on your travels, but if like us you like the early morning walks, it's at these times when you can feel like you have the whole park to yourself and your K9 buddy!

If you like nothing more than a good couple of hours walking, we know that can make for thirsty work, so when it’s time for a tea break for you and water break for your doggy, there is a tea room situated just behind the castle with plenty of tables and chairs outside to be able to sit down and take a load off.

So whatever the season or occasion there is always lots to see and do in and around the park and what more perfect place to spend time with your furry friend!

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Cockington Court is one of Torbay's favourite destinations, combining history with present day through a thriving craft centre and a popular programme of events. The site enjoys a growing reputation as a regional centre for quality arts and crafts. 

Set in an award-winning country park a mile away from the seafront, Cockington Court is an historic manor house with over twenty craft studios, tea rooms, walled art garden, tudor rose garden, contemporary art gallery and a popular children’s play area.

Cockington Court is managed by TDA as a craft centre, visitor attraction and creative business space. The country park itself, Cockington Country Park, is managed by Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust.

Our Kitchen Gallery has a growing reputation in the arts world as a contemporary gallery space of regional significance, having showcased work by artists of international acclaim as well as emerging local talent.

Discover artists and craft makers at work in their studios. Watch the glass blowers create amazing works of art, hear the blacksmith clinking at his forge, and smell the delightful aromas of the delicious chocolate being made by the chocolatier.

Open daily, free admission

10am-4pm October-March and 10am-5pm April - September
Studio times may vary, please contact the maker before planning a special visit

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Batsford is home to one of the finest botanical collections in the country and is run by the charitable trust, The Batsford Foundation.

The Arboretum is planted on a south facing slope which means visitors get to see our magnificent tree and plant collections from an unusual angle, as well as the stunning views of the Evenlode Valley beyond.

At 56 acres in size, Batsford is an intimate and romantic place to visit, with interest all year round from the first snowdrops of spring, right through to the outstanding autumn colour in October and November.

Batsford is also home to a beautiful new wooden visitor centre where you'll find the Garden Terrace Café, Gift and Garden Shop and the Plant Centre within the walls of the Victorian kitchen garden.

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We love dogs!

Unlike many attractions, we recognise our four legged friends are part of the family and therefore a big part of your day out which is why we welcome dogs at Batsford. All we ask is you keep them on a short lead at all times and make sure you clean up after your pet.

Dogs in cars

Please make sure you never leave your animals in your car even in winter to make sure they don’t suffocate. We reserve the right to enter any car containing a dog which is in distress so please be responsible.

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The beach at Holkham is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country.

The actress Gwyneth Paltrow walked across Holkham sand at low tide during the closing scenes of the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’.

Behind the shoreline lies a semi-circular basin, which, at very high tides, rapidly fills to form a spectacular shallow lagoon. Holkham Beach is also part of one of the largest National Nature Reserves in the country. It is managed by Natural England in partnership with the Holkham Estate and is home to many rare species of flora and fauna.

 

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Image ©Holkham Estate.

October 2015 - Holkham Beach is the proud winner of best beach category in The Kennel Club’s Be Dog Friendly Awards.

Holkham beach was recently voted ‘Best Beach in the UK’ in a survey of travel writers.

Please follow the Coastal Code when you visit Holkham Beach.

To minimise the risk of fire, the use of barbeques, fires or stoves is prohibited. Naturism is not allowed in the dunes.

 

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The Donkey Sanctuary has an incredible 5,800 donkeys in their care. There are 500 at Sidmouth waiting to meet you!

Donkeys love to meet new people and you can discover their unique characters and stories. 

Admission free (donations welcome)

Family fun • Dog-friendly • Bike-friendly

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon is open 365 days a year, and is set along the beautiful and historic Jurassic Coast.

 

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CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR

Please remember that they are a working farm and many of their walkways are grass so bring footwear suitable for the weather.

Much of your time will be spent outdoors so please plan for every eventualilty with our great British weather. Wellies are ideal on wet days and sun hats and sun cream on hot sunny days.

Don't forget to pack appropriate layers of clothing to help keep you warm if there's a nip in the air.

 

FEEDING POLICY

They ask that you do not feed the donkeys as it encourages them to expect food from everyone and fingers can look deceptively like carrots to a donkey!

Kindly pass any treats to staff who will ensure they are distributed to the donkeys at feeding time.

 

NO SMOKING POLICY

Smoking is not allowed in any areas of high fire risk. Please take notice of all "No Smoking" signs around The Donkey Sanctuary.

 

DONKEY ASSISTED THERAPY

They offer donkey assisted therapy to hundreds of local school children with additional needs.

If you know someone who would benefit, then call the team on 01395 573009.

 

VOLUNTEER - GET INVOLVED

If you have some spare time and would like to become more involved in their work, find out what volunteer opportunities they have available.

 

WEDDINGS

They are a registered venue for weddings. For more information or to arrange a visit, please visit their weddings section and see how you can fall in love with their venue.

 

ADOPTION DONKEYS

Visit the adoption donkeys and make a friend for life. There are special Meet the Groom sessions running every morning and afternoon which offer a chance for you to hear all the donkeys' latest stories and get to know these delightful characters better.

Just pop in to the Visitors' Centre when you arrive to find out more.

 

FACILITIES

Gift shop (9am - 4pm daily)
Restaurant/refreshments
Picnic areas
Car park
Toilets/baby changing area
Nature Centre
Wild Sanctuary
Maze
Walking trails
Treasure hunts
Guided tours
Group visits (prior booking)
Coach visits (prior booking)


ACCESSIBILITY

Disabled car parking spaces
Disabled toilet and hand washing facilities
Ramp/railings leading to gift shop
Seating along walkways
Wheelchair available for hire (request in gift shop)
Wheelchair access in main areas and along walkways
Restaurant and picnic tables accommodate wheelchair users

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We welcome well behaved dogs at Ashridge, but we do ask that you:

  • Keep your dog in sight and under control at all times
  • Follow our dog mess policy below
  • Stay on the footpaths
  • If you lose your dog, report it to the visitor centre
  • Make sure that your dog is microchipped or your phone number is on it's tag

 

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Cotswold Wildlife Park is set in 160 acres of parkland and gardens and is open every day (except xmas day) from 10am.  It is the UK’s largest zoological collections and most exciting gardens. Millions of visitors in that time have discovered here the beauty and diversity of the natural world.

The Park relies totally on our visitors and receives no outside help from any other sources, so your visit is vital to all the staff and the animals here. It also enables us to support a thriving education programme, numerous endangered species breeding programmes and several vital conservation projects in the wild.

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Dogs on a lead

Dogs may be brought into the Park provided that they are kept on a lead and under adult control at all times. Dogs may not be taken indoors or into the Bat Belfry, Reptile House, Children’s Farmyard and any areas with free ranging animals. Please clean up after your dog and ask at the Pay Desk for a poop bag.

 

 

 

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Welcome to the All About Dogs events, a weekend packed with fun, competitions, entertainment, shopping and activities for dogs...

We love dogs! We believe that being a major part of the family entitles your dog to a special day out every so often, where other doggie people (and their dogs) can meet and have some fun joining in a host of activities especially designed for our four-legged friends.

 

Dogs: Permitted on lead. Must have full and up to date inoculations and you must clear up after your dog.

 

 

 

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The remains of the largest castle in Devon, in a stunning setting on a wooded spur above the rushing River Okement. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey castle with a stone keep, it was converted into a sumptuous residence in the 14th century by Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon, much of whose work survives. After the last Courtenay owner fell foul of Henry VIII in 1538, it declined into an allegedly haunted ruin. There is a riverside picnic area and beautiful woodland walks nearby.

It's also a great place for bird lovers with regular visiting species and in spring and early summer you can enjoy a variety of seasonal wild flowers, which adorn the meadow, woodland and motte.

Don't Miss The audio tour that brings the castle to life • Stories of ghostly happenings 

Facilities

Free Parking • Toilets • Picnic Area • Shop • Dogs on lead welcome • Family friendly

 

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Welcome to the All About Dogs events, a weekend packed with fun, competitions, entertainment, shopping and activities for dogs...

We love dogs! We believe that being a major part of the family entitles your dog to a special day out every so often, where other doggie people (and their dogs) can meet and have some fun joining in a host of activities especially designed for our four-legged friends.

 

Dogs: Permitted on lead. Must have full and upto date inoculations and you must clear up after your dog.

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