Best Bank Holiday Ideas for Dog Owners

Best Bank Holiday Ideas for Dog Owners

Bank holidays provide the perfect opportunity to take a break from the daily routine and spend some quality time with your pooch. As a dog owner, you may face some challenges when it comes to planning a bank holiday that accommodates your canine companion's needs. However, thanks to some of our wonderful customers, we have some great recommendations!

Visit a dog-friendly beach

dog friendly beaches uk

A trip to the beach is a perfect way to spend a bank holiday with your four-legged friend. Many beaches across the UK are dog-friendly, and your furry friend can have a fantastic time running around in the sand and swimming in the sea. You can also enjoy a picnic with your pooch, take a long walk, and enjoy the stunning views of the ocean.

When visiting the beach with your dog, you need to be cautious of the tide times and weather conditions. You should also keep your dog on a lead unless you're confident that they have good recall.

Be sure to pack some towels, a lead, and plenty of water and snacks for your dog. Additionally, be mindful of any beach rules and regulations that are in place (some beaches have seasonal rules about dogs being allowed on certain areas of the sand).

Customer Recommendations 

“Mablethorpe, East Lincolnshire. The most dog friendly little seaside place we have found…dogs can even have a ride on the Sandtrain” - Natalie Francesca

“Our Happy Place. Sandy Bay, Northumberland.” - Benji & Taffy

“Whitstable beach in Kent is one of our go to’s!” - Molly Simpson

Seaside Essentials 

Go on a hike

dog hiking uk

If you're looking for an adventure, why not take your dog on a scenic hike? There are plenty of dog-friendly hiking trails across the UK that offer stunning views and challenging terrain. 

You can choose a trail that suits your dog's ability level and ensure that you have the right equipment for both you and your furry friend.

When planning a hike, you should consider the weather conditions, trail difficulty, and the length of the hike. You should also bring plenty of water, food, and a first aid kit for both you and your dog. 

Additionally, make sure that your dog is up-to-date with their vaccinations or titre test, and their identification tags are visible.

Customer Recommendations 

“I love doing the Langsett Reservoir route in the Peak District! It’s a good mix of terrain and super scenic. Plus my dog loves it!” - Catherine Munnelly 

“Shibden Park and Newmillerdam walks. Local walk on canal to Slawit for coffee, visit Dragonfly Products - Natural Dog Treats & Food and go to spa park” - Natalie Francesca

“Ingleton Waterfall Trail in the Peak District for us - 4.3 miles of the most gorgeous streams and waterfalls.  There’s even a cafe for a pit stop half way round.” - Laura, Reggie & Dolly

Hiking Essentials 

  • Delicious snacks to keep up your dog’s tail wagging, some of our customer favourites are Black Pudding Sausage Treats or Pure Meat Dog Training Treats
  • A Personalised Dog Tag just in case your dog decides to go on their own adventure. 
  • A proper harness that can withstand the outdoor elements and keep your dog secure. We usually recommend Ruffwear harnesses for adventurous doggos! You can also pop in-store for a free fitting if you’re local to Slaithwaite. 

Organise a picnic just for your dog! 

plan a dog picnic

A relaxing picnic in the park can be an excellent way to spend a bank holiday with your dog. You can pack some delicious treats and bring a comfortable blanket for you and your furry friend to sit on. You can also bring along some toys to keep your dog entertained, such as frisbees, balls, or chew toys.

When choosing a location for your picnic, ensure that it's a dog-friendly park, and there are no restrictions on dogs. You should also clean up after your dog and dispose of any litter responsibly. You could also invite your other dog owner friend’s, let the dogs play while you hang out and enjoy the time off!

Doggy Picnic Essentials 

Take a city break

dog city break

If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, why not take a city break with your dog? Many cities across the UK are dog-friendly and offer plenty of pet-friendly accommodation options. You can explore the city's sights and sounds with your furry friend by your side, making for a memorable bank holiday.

When planning a city break, make sure to choose a dog-friendly accommodation that provides all the necessary facilities for your dog. Additionally, check if the city has any dog-friendly attractions that you and your furry friend can visit. 

Make sure to take bedding that your dog is familiar with, such as their favourite blanket or a few toys with their scent on it. 

Doggy City Break Essentials

  • Make sure if you’re travelling by car that you have a safe way of strapping your dog in. If you’re not sure what to get you can check out our dog safety and travel range
  • If you’re taking your dog out make sure to keep them amused (it’s their holiday too!) by bringing a long lasting chew or a few toys to play with.

Cosy up on the sofa 

snuggle up with dog on the sofa

There’s nothing like snuggling up on the sofa after a long walk or an adventure! Why not get some blankets out or make yourself a lovely iced beverage if it’s hot outside, give your dog a cuddle and a long lasting chew while you put your feet up. 

This way you’ll be able to get some proper rest while you watch telly, crochet or whatever tickles your fancy while your dog enjoys a delicious all-natural chew. 

Our Favourite Long Lasting Chews

In conclusion, spending a bank holiday with your pooch can be a fun and rewarding experience. With so many dog-friendly options available, you're sure to find an activity that suits both you and your dog.

Whether you choose to visit a dog-friendly beach, go on a hike, organise a picnic, take a city break, or visit a dog-friendly attraction, make sure to plan ahead and ensure that your pooch is happy and comfortable throughout the trip.

We hope this article has given you some inspiration and ideas for your next bank holiday adventure with your four-legged companion. Have a great bank holiday weekend, no matter what you decide to do!

With Woofs and Wags,

Laura, Dolly & Reggie

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