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A Doggy Day Out

Available to 17 September 2023

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Enjoy a day out for dogs in Exeter with A Doggy Day Out at The Big Bark

There's never been a day at the races quite like this one! 

On the 17th of September, the Big Bark makes it's Exeter Racecourse debut for a dogtastic day out like no other. With shows, displays, games, competitions and plenty of doggy dinner, your furry friends will adore this fun-filled day out. 

What will be taking place at The Big Bark at Exeter Racecourse? 

  • Canine Olympics - This fast and fun activity will put all of your dog's abilities to the test in an exciting olympics-style tournament. 
  • Have-a-go Hoopers - Hoopers is the new low-impact dog sport, pitting your pooch against hoops, barrels and tunnels as they navigate their way through the course. 
  • Temptation Alley - Treat your dog to the sensory delights of some of their favourite smells in this course of tasty temptations.
  • Fly Ball - It's every dog for themselves in a hurdle race to the finish line. Will yours make the leap to be the champion?
  • Scurry - Dogs will hurdle over the hay bales and retrieve the dummy in an attempt to set a new record. 
  • Have-a-go Agility - Speed, balance, trust, and bravery will be needed for this have-a-go session. Does your pooch have what it takes?
  • Dedicated Pup Zone - Designed for puppies aged 0-12 months old, this zone allows your pups to experience play and enrichment to promote their confidence and minimise their fears. 
  • Doggy Photobooth - Grab some snaps of your pooch enjoying their day out, so you can keep hold of these memories for a lifetime!  
  • WAGS Café - Head to The Big Bark's very own WAGS Café where your dog can enjoy some dog treats and cakes, while you help yourself to a coffee. Meetups with dogs of the same size take place throughout the day.
  • Special Guest Star: Lucy Heath & the Trickstars - As seen on Britain's Got Talent, Lucy Heath will be heading to Trentham Gardens with her team of clever canines to perform an unforgettable show.

Ready for a packed day of doggy fun in Exeter? Bring your family too and let your dog (or dogs) have the best day our ever at the Big Bark in Exeter Racecourse this September.

But book it quick, it's for one day only!

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Getting to Exeter Racecourse

By car:

Exeter Racecourse is located just off the A38 (Exeter to Plymouth), five miles from the end of the M5 southbound. Although clearly signposted from all directions, please note that access is via a sharp turn situated shortly after the brow of Haldon Hill.

By bus:

There is a bus stop within 150 metres of the venue. There is a bus (Bus 39) which goes from Exeter Bus Station to Newton Abbot via Exeter Racecourse. The Exeter Racecourse stop is between the ‘Countess Wear Roundabout’ and ‘Chudleigh Memorial’ and is just opposite the Route 5 restaurant on the A38 dual carriageway.

By train:

The nearest Railway Station is Exeter St David's, which is a 20-minute drive away. 

  • Free parking
  • Café
  • Toilets

General information:

What should I wear?

  • You should ensure that you’re wearing appropriate attire, taking into account the nature of the event venue and the likely weather conditions.
  • If rain is forecast, wear stout shoes and a mac. It the sun is shining its advisable to wear sunscreen because you’ll be outdoors. 

Can I bring my own food and drink?

  • Yes, you are welcome to bring your own food and drink. There is also a large selection of food at the events including vegetarian & vegan options.
  • It's strongly suggested to pack a water bottle together with a travel drinking bowl for your dog.

Am I allowed to film and take photographs?

  • Yes, but you must first get permission from people who will be in the film or photos. You cannot sell the photos or videos for commercial gain.

Is there disabled access?

  • All venues have disabled access but please be aware that the majority of activities are outside on either grass or a riding school matting surface so can be uneven and unsuitable for wheelchairs. Please note, Canine Events ltd. (the Organisers) take no responsibility for a visitor’s medical conditions and if you have any doubts about your ability to take part in activities, you should seek prior medical advice.

Can I visit without dogs?

  • Yes, many visitors like to go to the Big Bark just to watch the displays and activities that take place.

Can I bring my children?

  • Of course, but please note that all children under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Dog-related FAQs:

How do I prepare my dog for visiting the Big Bark?

  • Think about your dog’s temperament. Ask youself whether your dog will cope with the thousands of attendees and their own dogs. The things that will influence whether your dog has fun on the day include: Age, breed, general health, confidence levels, tendency towards over-excitement and disposition towards strangers that are both doggy and human
  • Dogs that are fit, healthy and that have a friendly, outgoing disposition will have the best of times. You should be especially sure that your dog is in good health, and over the age of 12 months, if you want to Have-A-Go at any of the activities on offer.

Do I need to keep my dog on a lead?

  • Dogs must be supervised and kept on a lead at ALL TIMES, with the exception being for events that do not require a lead to be worn.  

Can I bring an extendable lead?

  • Extendable leads, shock collars and prong collars are strictly forbidden. If you bring any of these things on-site, the organisers reserve the right to refuse admission or ask you to leave if you are already onsite.

My dog is aggressive or nervous towards other dogs and people, can I still bring them?

  • Dogs with such a disposition are unlikely to enjoy the event. Therefore, please do not bring your dog if they are nervous or fearful of other dogs, or other people. Please be aware that your dog is your responsibility and it is down to the owner to make sure that your dog is comfortable at the event. 

Can I bring my dog in a costume?

  • Unless specifically for an activity that requires it, please DO NOT dress up your dog or enter with them wearing a costume. 

Does my dog need to wear a collar? 

  • All dogs must wear a collar at the Big Bark. It is a legal requirement that dogs must wear a collar with a tag that includes the owner’s name and address. 

Does the weather make a difference?

  • Assume the weather will be fine, warm and dry, and take precautions against the possibility of your dog getting a heat-related illness.
  • Alternatively, if the weather is cold or wet, it is YOUR responsibility to keep your dog warm, comfortable and as dry as possible. 
  • Once at the event, offer your dog plenty of rest breaks – if possible in the shade.
  • UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you leave your dog in a hot car. Anyone caught doing so will be ejected from the event and risks further action by the police and/or animal welfare authorities.
  • If your dog has travelled to the event in and air-conditioning vehicle, upon arrival offer your dog fresh cold water and allow them to acclimatise calmly before rushing off to have fun.

Can I bring my dog if she is in season?

  • Please DO NOT bring your dog if she is in season. 

Do I need to pick up after my dog?

  • You must always pick up after your dog and bring your own poop bags. 

What should I do if my dog has a problem at the event?

  • If your dog experiences difficulties at the event, you should contact a member of the event team. Team members are trained in canine first aid, and there is always a vet onsite. 

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