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SpanielFest have confirmed that the event will no longer go ahead in May due to the current global Coronavirus pandemic. 

 

The event, which was due to take place from Friday 8th May to Sunday 11th May at Druridge Bay Country Park would have welcomed over 300 dogs and their handlers for a training weekend with seven expert trainers. The first of its kind in the area, the event had already attracted campers from across the UK with bookings more than half full. 

 

Rebecca Earle and Dawn Oliver; founders of the festival commented “After much consideration and discussion the team have regretfully decided to postpone SpanielFest. We are unable to give a date for when SpanielFest will take place but hope to have an idea soon. Given the current climate and our event ethos, we cannot confidently continue to take bookings without the fear of cancellation at a later date. We are absolutely devastated, it has a huge impact financially not just on us but also on all of the suppliers and traders involved in the event. The health of our visitors and team are at top of our agenda and we don’t want to put people at risk”.  

 

Anyone booked for camping or as part of a workshop will be emailed to receive a refund. To keep up with news of a new date you can subscribe at www.spanielfest.com 


However, the festival organisers have reassured followers that the annual North East Dog Festival, due to take place on September 5th at Kirkley Hall, is planning to go ahead and exhibitor bookings are being accepted until the end of June. You can find out more at www.northeastdogfestival.com

Can anyone visit?

Visitors are welcome to watch the activities and visit the trade stands but all workshops and camping must be booked in advance.  SpanielFest is an event like no other....with so many workshops to choose from and a fantastic venue...though please remember that over the weekend there will be NO have a go areas...all workshops and camping MUST be booked in advance.

What is SpanielFest and who is it for? 

It’s pretty easy...it's a festival to celebrate all things spaniel! 

As a team we share our lives with 18 Spaniels and have fallen head over heels for their kind hearts, eager pleasing natures and their all round bonkers, hard working and beautiful characters. 

 

This festival is aimed at, and includes all breeds of spaniels (as recognised by the UK Kennel Club as a spaniel type in the Gundog group) and spaniel crosses* e.g Sprocker (Springer x Cocker), raising awareness of this ever popular and truly wonderful breed. *At least one part of the cross must be a full Spaniel e.g Cockerpoo. 

 

Although we welcome all other breeds, the activities and seminars are specifically geared towards Spaniels from the gundog group. The aim is to raise awareness of the needs, health and behaviour issues of this dog breed and provide guidance, support and activities geared towards them. 

 

Whilst we wish to promote good, ethically breeding of this breed we are helping support the never ending work of spaniel rescues and educating owners or potential owners on what makes the spaniel so great but also a little challenging.  

 

For this reason whilst we welcome applications from other breeds, spaniel types will receive priority booking.

 

Where is it held?

Druridge Bay Country Park on the beautiful Northumberland Coast. NE61 5BX

 

What is the date?

Saturday 9th May and Sunday 10th May 2020 (if camping arrival is Friday 8th May)

How does camping at SpanielFest work?

Stay and play at this year’s SpanielFest...arrive on Friday and leave on Monday! 

 

Camping pitches are filled on a first come, first served basis on arrival. All pitches are on grass. There will be access to water and the Druridge Bay Country Park cafe with toilets and washing facilities. Electric hook up pitches are available in one field only. Electric hook up pitches will be marked. A map will be sent prior to the event where we will recommend areas most suitable depending on the type of vehicleile/pitch you require. 

How much does it cost to camp? 

Camping is £55 for the three nights per pitch. You must book one pitch per tent/campervan/caravan etc. 

 

Can we bring other breeds of dog?

If your Spaniel family also contains another breed and you are camping, you are of course allowed to bring them with you! Whilst we welcome applications from other breeds, spaniel types will receive priority booking

 

Who are the weekend workshops for? 

The weekend workshops will be available for booking soon. They are open to day visitors and campers alike. All workshops must be booked in advance.  SpanielFest is an event like no other....with so many workshops to choose from and a fantastic venue...though please remember that over the weekend there will be NO have a go areas...all workshops and camping MUST be booked in advance.

 

What happens in the evenings?

We have great pleasure in being able to offer all those camping some fantastic guest speakers as part of their camping ticket. Our list of Guest Speakers will be released on our website. Tickets for entry will also be available to purchase for those not camping. 

 

Can anyone visit?

Visitors are welcome to watch the activities and visit the trade stands but all workshops and camping must be booked in advance.  SpanielFest is an event like no other....with so many workshops to choose from and a fantastic venue...though please remember that over the weekend there will be NO have a go areas...all workshops and camping MUST be booked in advance.

 

Disabled Access

Is the site accessible for disabled visitors?

While every care is taken to accommodate people with disabilities visitors must be aware that the festival is held on country parkland used for rural activities which is uneven, has slopes and can be slippery when wet. Toilet facilities are provided for disabled visitors throughout the site and these are sited on the most level ground available. For people of limited mobility the rough terrain can become slippery and uneven, the fields are spread out and there can be a lot of walking  required. The show does not have any 'mobility' scooter facilities and we are happy for you to bring your own. We welcome every visitor equally regardless of their physical, sensory or mental capacity. We are however, honest about our rural location and the limitation that this can impose.

What happens if it rains?

As event organisers we do everything in our power to put on a good show...the one thing we can't control is the weather. The festival will go ahead even if it rains. If we feel the ground is unsafe or unsuitable, we will make a decision as early as we can. The location holds campers at many events throughout the year, so we are lucky to have good ground. As with any camping trip, make sure you are prepared with clothing and any necessary equipment. 

 

Child Policy 

Camping is limited to over 18's only. Children are welcome at the event but under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. Children must be under strict supervision at all times.  Children are solely the responsibility of the accompanying adult. People are reminded that  dogs are animals and can be unpredictable at times. Whilst some dogs are friendly others may not be. Always ask permission before you or your child approach’s any dog. 

More questions?

Drop us an email here.

Booking Terms

© 2020 by SpanielFest |Whilst SpanielFest advertise events, activities and entertainments we will not be held responsible for the failure of any events, activity and/or entertainment being available or the quality of any of the events, activities or entertainments. Failure of any of these to please cannot be held as a reason for refund. Please note that tickets are non-refundable. If you need to cancel your place for any reason, please let us know via email.

 

By entering into the festival you are agreeing to take full responsibility for any injury or damage to your dog(s) and it is not the liability of SpanielFest or any of the corresponding clubs or trainers running events. You are fully liable for your animal should they cause any damage or injury. Any dog showing aggressive behaviour at the show will be asked to leave with no refund given. Common camping rules will apply. Children are welcome at the event but under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. Children must be under strict supervision at all times.  Children are solely the responsibility of the accompanying adult. People are reminded that  dogs are animals and can be unpredictable at times. Whilst some dogs are friendly others may not be. Always ask permission before you or your child approach’s any dog. 

 

In the interests of hygiene make sure you pick up after your dog and use the bins provided.

 

Any photos/videos taken by official show photographers/videographers may be used in future for promotion of the show. Visitors are reminded that the terrain of the show may be unstable so please be aware of the possibility of slips, trips and falls. By entering the festival you are agreeing to the above disclaimer and that the images/videos taken may be used. SpanielFest is operated by Castle and Country Dog Training Ltd.

 

Individual activities may have additional terms and conditions. If booking an activity workshop you will be sent a detailed booking form to complete before the event. 

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