These attractions and venues have been voted the best in a national competition for dog friendliness...
From going on holiday, to eating out and exploring the great outdoors, the demand for dog-friendly places to stay at and visit is huge. The Be Dog Friendly Awards is a campaign, run by the Kennel Club and online database of pet-friendly venues www.dogfriendly.co.uk, which encourages businesses to open their doors to Man’s best friend.
Each year, the awards recognise those places that are going the extra mile for dogs. There are 10 different categories with the winners voted for by the public. Recently revealed at a ceremony in London, the Be Dog Friendly Awards 2016 went to...
BEACH: BAMBURGH, NORTHUMBERLAND
“If you’re looking for a beach where you and your dog can walk for miles undisturbed, head to Bamburgh,” recommended former Your Dog features writer Kelly Jackson. “My Cocker Henry loved running around. Our walk was stunning with the castle looming in the background.”
CAFE: DOGGIE DINER, SUNDERLAND, TYNE AND WEAR
This canine cafe has separate menus for dogs and humans, and also hosts dog birthday parties and other dog-friendly events.
CAMPING: BEACH BLUE HILLS TOURING PARK, ST AGNES, CORNWALL
This campsite welcomes dogs free of charge and has ‘Harley’s Field’ where canine guests run and play freely. It is also a short walk from a dog-friendly cove.
DAY OUT: AMBERLEY MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTRE, AMBERLEY, WEST SUSSEX
“We are very pleased to have won this award, as we take pride in our museum being a family attraction, which includes Man’s best friend,” said a spokesman for Amberley.
GREAT OUTDOORS: SOUTH WEST COAST PATH
The 630-mile National Trail has stunning scenery and is pet friendly. There are suggested dog walks on the website.
TOWN: KELSO, SCOTTISH BORDERS
“Kelso is a definite gem in the Scottish Borders,” said Kelly Jackson. “We spotted many dog owners exploring the town.”
HOTEL/PLACE TO STAY: WIDGET’S FARM, FROME, SOMERSET
A luxurious pod located on a farm that is completely devoted to dogs. Pets stay for free and have a secure garden to play in.
LARGE ORGANISATION: EUROTUNNEL, FOLKESTONE, KENT
Retaining its title from last year, the Eurotunnel remains a popular way for owners to travel with their pets.
PUB: THE MILL, SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE
Situated on the riverside, The Mill beat off fierce competition to land this coveted dog-friendly pub award.
HIGH STREET: AUSTIN & CO, GREAT MALVERN, WORCESTERSHIRE
“To win this award for a third time is beyond our wildest dreams,” said Sean Austin, from gift shop Austin and Co. “We can’t thank our two and four-legged customers enough for voting.”