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Newark – Have a Go Activities

Bring your dog and have fun together at this year’s have-a-go-activities*! It’s a great chance to bond with your dog and learn something new – or if you’ve tried the activities before, you can build on your skills together. If you enjoy yourselves, make sure you speak to the team running the activity as they may run a club that you can join too! 

This year’s activities include:

Fun Dog Shows: Does your dog have the waggiest tail or are they the most handsome hound? Take part in our Fun Dog Shows for the chance to win rosettes and compete in our Best in Show! All Fun Dog Shows are run by dog rescues and charities.

Scruffts: In search of crossbreeds with that extra something special, Scruffts is open to crossbreed dogs over the age of six months, with Scruffts rosettes awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each class. Please note that Scruffts takes place on Sunday only.

Dock Diving: Come along and let your dog have a go and get super wet in this increasingly popular sport. Remember to bring your camera as you are sure to get some good shots of dogs flying through the air! Activity is run by K9 Aqua Sports.

Agility: A fun and energetic dog sport where the handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off lead with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Join in the fun from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm. Activity is run by the Trent Valley Dog Training Club.

Mini-Agility: Designed with smaller dogs in mind, mini-agility gives dogs and their owners the chance to have a go at an adapted agility obstacle course suitable for small breeds. Activity is run by Pug Life Rescue.

Lure Racing: Take on the lure challenge at our 2024 show! Lure Racing is where dogs chase an artificial lure across a field – see if your dog can get the fastest time in this year’s lure race. Activity is run by the Yorkshire Hoopers Club.

Scurries: This fun have-a-go activity is based on your dog’s ability to retrieve. This year’s event will include a ‘Bales Up n Over’ and a ‘2 Dummy Pick Up’ challenge. There will also be a Fastest Winner competition. All runs will be timed and the top four times of the day will get prizes and rosettes. Activity is run by the Jixenwell GunDogs.

Hurdles: Let your dog have a go at Hurdles – a great activity for dogs to use their coordination and speed as they jump their way through the line of hurdles. Will they get the quickest time? Activity is run by the Yorkshire Hoopers Club.

Flyball: Flyball is a fun, fast sport for you and your dog (any breed, any size), as long as dogs are over 12 months old they can play flyball. If your dog loves a tennis ball and being active or if you’re looking for an activity you and your dog can do together, have a go at this increasingly popular dog sport. Join in the Flyball fun from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm. Activity is run by the Trent Valley Dog Training Club.

KC Good Citizen Bronze Test: Official Kennel Club Test… A series of simple exercises to test good behaviour. Entrants will either receive a “Pass” and a Certificate or a “Not Ready”. Rosettes can be purchased for passes at £3 each. Click here for more detailed information about the test. The test will take place from 10am to 12pm and will be run by the Trent Valley Dog Training Club.

Temptation Alley: How focussed is your dog? Can they make it through this year’s Temptation Alley? See if you can call your dog from one end to the other without them getting tempted by treats and toys along the way. The quickest three dogs of the day to complete course receive a rosette! Activity is run by Malamute Matters.

Fastest Recall: This is a test of speed! It’s a high energy canine sport which requires your dog to chase a toy…. then come back on recall. Will your dog be the quickest of the day? All proceeds of the Recall go to the German Shepherd Rescue Elite.

Tombola Dash: The fastest times within each hour will win a prize. Fastest dog of the day wins a rosette. Activity is run by the Notts & Yorkshire Boxer Rescue.


*activities subject to change and small additional charges may apply.