Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September 2018
Lowther Castle has announced its first ever Dog Weekend – ‘a jamboree of wags & tails’ - to take place over the last weekend in September as part of its series of autumn events.
The event will be launched by Rory Stewart, Conservative MP for Penrith & the Border, and will be packed with fun and frolics aimed at dogs and dog-owners of all pedigrees, shapes, ages and sizes.
Along with one or two four-legged friends, Rory Stewart will cut the ribbon on the new Famous Dogs Trail at 10am, before following the trail himself. At 10.30am, he will then give a talk in the Lowther café describing his time in Afghanistan with his beloved dog companion, Babur.
The Famous Dogs Trail will run around the perimeter of the gardens at Lowther and will contain stories of famous dogs past and present, English and overseas. It’s an activity for participants young and old and especially four-legged, running until 23rd of November. Every dog that completes the trail will receive a doggy treat.
Saturday 29th will continue as a day of dog action with Dog & Runner Duck herding with Alan Bradley and Police Dog demonstrations being the highlights.
On Sunday, spectators will have a chance to get involved: have-a-go flyball, have-a-go scurry and have-a-go up-and-over plus a host of novelty classes, including one for the Best Biscuit Catcher and another called Musical Sits. The weekend timetable also features a Rare Breeds Dog Parade, a Dog Blessing in Lowther Church, some dog retail and a poet-in-residence (doggerel).
All events will be held in or around the South Lawns, with the famous skeleton of the castle ruins as the backdrop. With the exception of the Novelty Classes (£1 per entrant), events are free - although some charitable donations will be invited.