The Dogs in Salford Festival was held in July at the Clifton Country Park in Clifton. Featuring a day out for the whole family, this year’s Dogs in Salford Festival took place on the 28th of July, between 1030 am and 4pm. The scenic Clifton Country Park was abuzz with pet owners, dog lovers and their families. The 119-acre local nature reserve has hosted the popular local event for the past five years, with each year’s event drawing pet lovers in their droves. On the 2018 Dogs in Salford Festival, councillor David Lancaster commented, “This festival is all about bringing the community together and celebrating our four-legged friends….All money raised will go towards Rochdale Dog Rescue who look after so many of the strays our dog wardens find.” The 2018 dog festival raised a record-breaking sum, allowing Rochdale Dog Rescue to expand on their brilliant work. With an even bigger turnout, this year’s Dogs in Salford Festival raised money for Manchester and Cheshire Dogs’ Home.

Dogs in Salford Festival Features and Attractions

Against the backdrop of the scenic Clifton Country Park, the Festival was trumpeted in by the Lower Kersal Morris Troupe. As its main attraction, the festival features a dog show, with entrants paying a fee of £1 towards the fundraiser entering under the following categories:

  • Prettiest girl
  • Best puppy
  • Shaggiest dog
  • Best trick
  • Most handsome boy
  • Best young handler
  • Waggiest tail
  • Best rescue
  • Dog judges want to take home
  • Best golden oldie

While the country’s favourite dog breeds were equally represented at the festival, the Best in Show was selected from the winners of each category. The 2019 festival also featured the attendance of dog experts from the PDSA, who provided the dogs in attendance with free health checks, chipping and nail clipping.