Pups in the Park: Ireland’s new dog-friendly festival is on in Malahide Castle this Bank Holiday

This Bank holiday weekend, from Saturday April 30th & Sunday May 1st in Malahide Castle in Dublin, there’s an exciting treat coming for all dog lovers!  With sunny spells predicted across the weekend, Pups in the Park is the perfect opportunity for pooches and their human companions to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun!

Pups in the Park is Ireland’s ultimate dog’s day out, taking place in Malahide Castle where visitors will be able to enjoy and learn from a range of fun-filled and action-packed areas including the Leader Main Arena, Expert Talk Stage, Obedience Ring, Agility Course, Hay Bale Race, Puppy Academy, The Great Dog Walk, and much more!

Learn top tips from renowned veterinary experts, including Ireland’s best-known Veterinary Surgeon, Pete Wedderburn, who will headline the festival and host specialty talks across the weekend. Try the have-a-go activities with your furry friend, or watch four-legged experts like Irish Working Sheepdogs, Dogsercise Flyball team, The Irish Kennel Club and many more, show you how it’s done.

You’ll have the chance to get hands (and paws!) on with the country’s best dog trainers in exclusive woof-tastic workshops. Your dog may even bring home the gold in one of the many free-to-enter fun show competitions from Golden Oldies to Waggiest Tail.

Browse for the latest must-have accessories, apparel, and treats from the best dog and pet-based brands before refreshing the humans at one of the many food vendors on site.

The festival is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm each day with plenty of time to explore, play and enjoy. Don’t forget, dog entry is free but not a necessity – feel free to come along without a furry friend if you’re just looking for a fun day out!

Tickets are priced at €16 for a single adult entry, children from 2-12 years are €10 each and a family ticket (two adults and two children) costs €49. Meanwhile, doggies and children under two go free!

Tickets are on sale now from pupsinthepark.ie, and make sure to check out their social media channel, on Instagram @PupsInThePark_,  Facebook @PupsInThePark.ie and TikTok @PupsInThePark.

Fiona Murphy is a freelance writer, specialising in book-related content, fiction and poetry. She can be found drinking tea, craving tapas or attempting to finish her never-ending-novel.




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