Things to do with your dog in Hertfordshire and Essex | June 2018

Even though it’s June, we can’t bank on the weather being good.  So here’s 7 things to do with your dog in Hertfordshire and Essex if you wake up in the morning and decide you fancy a day out.

June marks the start of the Pick your Own (P-Y-O) season. Is there anything better than freshly picked strawberries or raspberries, warmed in the sunshine, straight from the field?

Dogs are allowed at Cammas Hall, but “should be tied at the side of the fruit fields, in full view of owners” as you pick.  There are plenty of poo bins around, so please make sure you pick up after your 4-legged friend. Also if you wish to eat at their barn café you’ll need to sit outside, but I think we’re all pretty used to that by now.

They also have a fantastic Farm Shop with a wealth of wonderful produce on offer.  One of my favourite things to take home are their gorgeous chewy meringues and pots of thick cream to make the most of the freshly picked strawberries!!

Opening times 9am – 5:30pm Tuesday to Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays!)       Sat Nav: CM22 7JT (Hatfield Broad Oak)


30th May – 1st June

Paws in the Park Summer Show is a dog lover’s delight, a fun filled day out for you and your furry kid. I’m sure you and your dog will love to try out a few of the brilliant activities including:

    * Search and Rescue    * Dash N Splash    * Flyball

Maybe you want to see if you can win a prize a fun competition: 

    * Agility    * Cani-cross    or * Dash and Splash?

There’s also the opportunity to try your hand in the Kennel Club approved Companion Dog Show.  Will your dog strut their stuff?  There are special cross breed classes and novelty classes so all of the furry family can take part.

Don’t feel like competing? You can enjoy a whole host of events and displays to keep you amused for hours!

By booking a ticket online you can save 15% off the gate price.      Sat Nav: CM11 2UD (Barleylands, Billericay)


16th June

Essex Pride Dog Show

Held in Central Park, Chelmsford, the dog show coincides with the Essex Pride event celebrating diversity and community.  To enter the show you need to visit the website (link below) and take a completed form with you (that should sure help speed up booking in on the day!)

There are the usual classes, along with classes for cleverest trick and a sit and stay sausage challenge!  That should be good for a giggle!

Along with the dog show, the main day has a lot to keep you entertained:

  • Daytime live entertainment in the Big top marquee with Headline acts & local performers.
  • ​Evening dance tent with DJ’s.
  • Funfair.
  • Market stalls.
  • Showcase Community Area.
  • Great Food and Licensed Bars.

Opening times: Main Event 12 noon – late  |  Dog show: Registration from 12:00 until 2:30pm judging will start from 2:40 up to 4:30.

Parking: High Chelmer Multi story: CM1 1 LU

For dog show forms Click Here


17th June

Heli Hounds Dog walk

Heli Hounds Dog walk is a charity event run by the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance.  Join over 200 hounds as they walk around The Discovery Centre, Black Notley to raise funds for this vital service!

If you wish to help raise extra funds you can download a sponsor form from the website and get sponsored to do the walk.  Their site says “If 300 dog walkers all raised £30-£50 in sponsorship money this could raise over £10,000 for EHAAT, enough to fund 4 life-saving missions.” Could you help them raise a few extra pounds?

“Be one of the first 250 dogs to pre-register and receive your FREE Doggy Bandana. Pre-register before 14th June and get your ticket for just £5 (on the day ticket price £7.50).”

Registration starts: 9:30  |  Walk starts: 10:30    Sat Nav:CM77 7FS

For tickets and a sponsor form:



Blackwater Country Show

“Celebrating countryside and countryside pursuits” this country show has something for everyone.  From Heavy Horses and kayaking, to Essex Police Dog Display and Have a Go Clay Shoot, there is truly something to entertain even the most stubborn family members. They even have a Newfoundland Dog Rescue Demonstration on the lake at 11:30 and 15:00!

For the dogs there is a Novelty Dog Show, Have a Go Agility Couse and Flyball! Sounds like fun!

If you fancy a fun filled day out and would like to buy a ticket you can do so here:

Although I can’t find opening times on the main website, events start in the main ring at 10 am.  So I would imaging that the show starts at 9 am (but that’s just an educated guess!)

Sat Nav: CM9 4RB



Classic cars at Audley End      

What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday, let alone Father’s Day! Set in the grounds of a decadent Jacobean Mansion House, this classic car show is sure to please any petrol head.  The website is pretty sparse on details, but where can you go wrong with classic cars set in stunning grounds?

Entry for English Heritage members is free, but £18.10 per adult ticket.
Website: Audley End Classic Cars

Opening times: 11am – 5pm     Sat Nav: CB11 4JF



28/29th June

Hatfield Food Festival

Another website that’s scant on general information, but they do have a list as long as your arm of Chefs, Demonstrators, Hands on Master Classes and Training Sessions, along with Foraging Walks, Street food and OOh!….did I just read Chocolate Tasting?…… I did!!!!

The website is certainly worth a look as some sections are clickable and provide further information, but needless to say this is a foodie’s dream!!!  Did I mention they have chocolate tasting? 😉

Definitely worth a look at the website:

Opening Times: 10am – 5pm     Sat Nav: AL9 5HX (Hatfield House)



If you know of any other great events you can take your furry family to, then please send me a message by either filling out the form below or sending me a message on Facebook, and I can update the post.



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9 things only a dog lover will understand – #6 is so true!

There are some things in life that only dog owners will understand. How often in life does a cat owner wipe their cat's paws before they enter the house on a muddy day? I know I have 4 cats and it's only the dog that has to suffer the dreaded paw wipe! As a light hearted start to the year I thought I'd assemble a list of 9 things only dog owners are really going to get.

1 - Dog hair everywhere!

I don't think there's any way of making a list like this without starting with dog hair. Pretty much whatever breed of dog you have in your life, dog fur is going to be a daily occurrence!

Groomed dog wit the fur made into a furry dog family

2 - Dirty windows

It's just one of those jobs, and although it doesn't take long to do, I hate cleaning windows. Whether it's in the house or in the car, the moment those windows are cleaned the dog (or cats) have to start drawing on them again with their noses!

Daschund standing on back legs looking out of a window

3 - You can never go to the loo on your own!

For me there was never a time before dogs, but I imagine that for those without dogs they are able to visit the bathroom without any assistance, or a furry face peering around the door at them...just checking in. 😉

Dog peering around door at owner in bathroom


You know the one, the butter wouldn't melt, doe eyed, pleeease can we go for a walk? - yep THAT look!

Jack Russell holding a lead

5 - Never eating without being watched

Dog rules: what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine!

Laborador looking over the back of a sofa

6 - Did you ever dream of being a doorman?

They've all got a way of telling you that it's time to go out to the loo. Whether it's staring at the back door, pacing around the house or letting you know with a bark, it's an unmistakable sign. When they're done, they let you know it's time to come back in...but hang on a minute...'I'm sure there was a smell I messed outside' 😉

Golden retriever looking through the glass in the back door

7 - Lap dogs, no matter what size they are!

Some dogs can never get quite close enough!

Off the leash cartoon - dog getting on sofa with owner

8 - You're back!

Even if you've just popped out for 5 minutes, your return to the house always requires a happy dance 😀

Dog jumping over the sofa to say hello, cat looking bored!

9 - Puppy breath

It's one of my favourite smells, but if you ever mention the joys of puppy breath to a non-dog lover just watch to look that crosses their face LOL!

I think we can all realte to most of these. What other things does your dog do that frustrates you or makes you laugh out loud? I'd love to hear about it!

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