The Dog Days of Summer


We’re definitely into those warm summer days at last and aside from enjoying the garden, local walks and visits to the beach, day trips can be a great way to take advantage of the longer days and summer weather. Aside from the usual dog shows and historic houses, there are some more unusual places your dog is welcome to accompany you, but its worth booking ahead where possible as some can be popular.

  • Visit a wildlife park or zoo, several now allow dogs in from the Cotswold Wildlife park in Oxfordshire, Jimmy’s farm and wildlife park in Suffolk, Birdland Park and Gardens in Gloucestershire and even the Seal Sanctuary in Cornwall.
  • Enjoy a scenic steam train journey. Many of these will accommodate dogs, although there may be restrictions on some carriages so check ahead.
  • Boat trips, from leisurely river cruises, to seal spotting or even a self-drive boat to explore the Broads or other rivers. Keeping your dog under control and safe is important on boats so they don’t distract the operator or get into trouble.
  • Try a doggie afternoon tea, these are growing in popularity all over the country, expect homemade dog biscuits, dog tea and even a three tier stand of cakes and sandwiches all fit for your dog.
  • Take your dog with you to the theme park. Not many accept dogs as yet but it may grow in popularity as it can be a fun day out for your dog as well as you. In some dogs are really welcomed to take part in maze and train trips, but many have restrictions on cafes and restaurants so watch out on a wet day. 
  • Lastly, how about a cable car ride? There are some stunning views of London from the Air emirates cable car link (be warned you have to carry your dog whilst in the air) or consider the Llandudno cable car that glides from the Happy Valley to the summit of the Great Orme.