Where else, other than Goodwoof, would you be able to stroll through fields with your dog and discover a whole area dedicated, not only to working and competing dogs at the absolute top of their game, but also find an amazing lido just for dogs to cool off in, listen to carefully hand-picked buskers entertaining you from the bandstand, join in at our additional Have-a-Go area all set to welcome your dog as they learn new activities, and flop onto a blanket to relax and enjoy an al fresco lunch?
A brand new Field and Trail
It could only be at Goodwoof, the ultimate day out for dogs and their families. Over the weekend, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May, the Field & Trail area, presented by Bentley, our exclusive car partner, will prove to be a popular spot in the spacious Goodwoof showground, set at the heart of the Goodwood estate. Field & Trail will be an exciting hub of activity, showcasing top canine performers as champion gundogs and sheepdogs, from both home and abroad, show off their superlative skills.
The undulating hills of the Goodwood Estate are the perfect backdrop to witness working dogs in action. The gundog competitions are expertly overseen by England Gundog Team Captain, David Latham and his dogs and the sheepdog trials, curated by renowned trainer, Mick Schofield, will include champions Ricky Hutchinson, Kevin Evans and One Man and His Dog winner, Erin MacNaught.
Once again, the young handlers will also amaze and delight as they demonstrate the incredible bond they have with their working dogs. You and your dog can participate in Gundog Have-a-Go Scurries as your hound picks up the principles of gundog activities before watching the experts make it all look so easy!
The area will also be where the CaniCross competition begins and ends. Curated by TrailRunners, this is best described as cross country for dogs and their owners which began as off season training in Europe for sledding dogs. It has rapidly become a very popular sport here in the UK as it gives humans and hounds who enjoy long distance running, the chance to bond together whilst pursuing their favourite activity and keeping in peak physical fitness. This year, Goodwoof will welcome a junior team who will be competing in their own timed races on the Saturday.
Alongside the runners you will also see CaniBike and CaniScoot competitors adding an extra wheeled dimension to the sport. You can even have a go yourself as CaniCross UK will be on hand to fit you and your dog with a special harness before putting you both through your paces along their 100m test track.
This year, the Field & Trail area will be a great place to eat as we have increased the number of food outlets to choose from there and, this, together with even more retailers and spaces to take the dog to have a snooze or just chill out in makes it the perfect destination for some quieter time.
Even more tempting will be the irresistible shallows of our giant Fido’s Lido pool, sponsored by Leaps and Bounds, which is guaranteed to be the best watering spot at which to make new friends and to cool off.
Also new this year will be a special off the lead walking area which will be situated on the Field & Trail boundary – more details on that later.