Super Saturday at Goodwoof

18th May 2024
Check out highlights from day one at Goodwoof!

What an amazing day as the much-anticipated Goodwoof presented by MARS Petcare got underway. The day began with a spectacular parade of this year’s celebrated breed, the faithful and fabulous Labrador. Over 400 tails wagged excitedly as dogs and their proud owners, made their way from Goodwood House, led by the Duke of Richmond, following the toe-tapping rhythms of the Batala drummers. The walkers funnelled between the welcoming giant Goodwoof hounds and into the event itself, ready to experience all the fun and excitement of this greatest day out for dogs.

Crowds of happy visitors have spent the day enjoying the wide range of activities, including watching incredible demonstrations, listening to fascinating talks on canine health and wellbeing, browsing the handpicked shopping outlets from the likes of Fortnum and Mason, enjoying a glass of champagne at the Taittinger champagne bar, relaxing in Literary Corner listening to well-known voices including Bill Bailey, Hugh Bonneville, Clare Balding, James Middleton and Murray Lachlan Young telling tales of canine exploits, marvelling at the incredible gun and sheepdog trials and exploring all the new additions to the much-loved Goodwoof lineup. Visitors even got to cheer much decorated Olympians Dame Laura and Sir Jason Kenny as they checked out the competitors in our very own Goodwoof Games set in the Field & Trail area. Dogs threw themselves into long jump, hurdles and the 25m Dash to see who would take top spot on the podium.

Now we can’t wait for Goodwoof Sunday when a packed day of fun begins again. Even if you’ve joined us before, there are so many new activities to get involved with this year, that you simply won’t want to miss. For instance, we’re gathering birds of a feather at our Breed Meets sessions. Here Dachshund, Labrador, Poodle and Spaniel owners can get together, compare notes and even set up doggy dates. It’s also here that our new 1km Woodland Walk begins with tarot card reading, crystal healing, forest bathing and truffle hunting sessions along the route.

Over in the Action Sports Arena, why not join celebrated illustrator, Anita Mangan’s Pawtrait classes and gather hints and tips on how to wield a pencil to best capture your hound on paper. 

Barkitecture will come to a crescendo on Goodwoof Sunday as all the amazing kennels submitted by incredible architects from practices, both home and abroad, wait to see which design is chosen by the judging panel to be the overall winner. Judges this year include Kevin McCloud and Bill Bailey, and all proceeds from the Bonhams auction will go to our 2024 charity partner, Jai Dog Rescue. 

Sunday offers a full line up of fascinating talks in the MARS Petcare Wellness Centre and Stage including dog behaviourist Steve Mann’s entertaining ‘How to Talk Dog’ session. The Studio, presented by Randox Health, will once again be an oasis of calm as classes in reiki, doga and Pilates suitable for dogs and owners to enjoy together unfold and cool sounds from our Ministry of Hound dancefloor will be presented by DJ Rio Frederika as dancing brother AJ and Curtis Pritchard show us their moves.

And, if like us, you’re a fan of that famous beagle, Snoopy, you’ll be delighted to find him in Beagle Scout mode (together with a charming line up of Woodstocks) next to Goodwood’s Education Centre. There you can find lots of fun activities for children (and their dogs) to do together. You can even get a Snoopy temporary tattoo in our new tattoo parlour as a stylish, but fleeting souvenir of the day.

There’s so much to enjoy at Goodwoof tomorrow. You really won’t want to miss out. Tickets are available online now, or you can buy directly on the gate when you arrive, if that’s easier.

And, don’t forget, with plenty of free parking, a Bark & Ride shuttle service to take you to the heart of the action, all activities included in the price and children 12 and under going free, there’s no better way to spend a Sunday.

We’ll see you here tomorrow!


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