Suffolk Dog Day will return to Helmingham Hall Stowmarket

Published:
06:30 2 May 2022



For two years, our canine friends have had their lives on their feet as the Covid-19 pandemic imposes restrictions on public events.

But on July 31, Suffolk dogs will finally have their day when the Suffolk Dog Day show, the biggest canine event on the county calendar, returns to Helmingham Hall, with the positive aim of encouraging everyone – whether he either animal or human – to reset, recover and rejuvenate after the difficult time the country has responded to the coronavirus.

A wide variety of events will take place during the day, including a royal costumed procession, breed parades, dynamic dog shows, take-away activities, demonstrations and expert canine advice.


Suffolk Dog Day will include parades and other events
– Credit: IAN LIPMAN

Every penny raised will be donated to charities and community groups across Suffolk and the event has already raised nearly £600,000 and supported over 250 projects across all corners of Suffolk.

The brainchild of Suffolk Dog Day was born over ten years ago when a group of friends wanted to raise money to support the work of the Suffolk Community Foundation, which supports local charities and community groups.


There will be plenty of classes for owners to register their dogs for Suffolk Dog Day

There will be plenty of classes for owners to register their dogs for Suffolk Dog Day
– Credit: Ian Lipman

Event manager Laura Ripman said: “This is truly an event by the people of Suffolk, for the people of Suffolk. We want you and your dog to have the best day, because we return in 2022 with all-time favorites and many super exciting new attractions.

“A fantastic family day out for all to enjoy, we can’t wait to get together after all this time and celebrate the love, happiness and camaraderie our four legged friends bring to our lives.”


Suffolk Dog Day 2019

Suffolk Dog Day 2019
– Credit: SUFFOLK COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Dog day is part of the Festival of Suffolk, a series of events held across the county between May and October and organized to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Tim Holder, public affairs manager at the Suffolk Community Foundation, said: “It has been a long wait for Suffolk Dog Day fans to see this incredibly beloved event get back up and running. We promise a truly uplifting and confidence-boosting celebration of the “royal right”. »


Fingers crossed for sunshine - it should be a nice relaxing time on Suffolk Dog Day

Fingers crossed for sunshine – it should be a nice relaxing time on Suffolk Dog Day
– Credit: Ian Lipman

The show is run by over 150 volunteers and this year’s main volunteers are Richard Cooper and Robin Vestey.


The 2018 Suffolk Dog Day Show

The 2018 Suffolk Dog Day Show
– Credit: RICHARD FERRIS IMAGES

Mr Cooper said: ‘The original idea was that a few volunteers would put on a small dog show for the people of Helmingham. Here we are, just over a decade later and #PawPower has helped support so much great work in Suffolk.

“He has fed families through food banks, eased the loneliness of the elderly, supported those struggling with addiction, experiencing domestic violence or sexual abuse, the list of great works supported continues to grow each year.”

For more information about the event, or to volunteer to help, visit www.suffolkdogday.com.


Scenes from the 2016 event, held at Helmingham Hall

Scenes from the 2016 event, held at Helmingham Hall
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

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