Whatever it is that makes you tick this summer – be it BBQ fun in the sun, beachy days at the coast, woodland walks or alfresco dining in the city, we’ve got you covered with plenty of pooch-perfect fun for the whole family.
NATIONAL TRUST: GIBSIDE >>
With 15 miles of pretty-as-a-picture paths to explore, trees to sniff and acres of space for pooches and adults alike to stretch their legs, there’s no better place to spend those sunny days in the North East. Dog-friendly days out are encouraged at Gibside – where you can stroll, take in the natural beauty of the great British countryside and enjoy a treat or two in the Carriages House coffee shop at the stables. Refuel with a hot drink and something sweet, while your pampered pooch tuck in to a Frozzys doggy ice cream – yum!
Gibside has everything covered when it comes to your dog-friendly days out; from water bowls scattered throughout the estate, to spare leads and dog mess bags. If a day at Gibside is not enough, the charming Stables Bunkhouse sleeps 25 guests in four bedrooms, with up to three dogs welcome at any time.
GAME OF BONES >>
Don’t miss out on Tyne Bank Brewery’s dog social – Game of Bones, this summer. From 10am on Sunday 30th June 2019, foodies, beer-lovers and their four-legged friends are invited to join the fun for free! Whether you’re a dog-lover or a dog owner, it’s the perfect opportunity to socialise and have fun with our favourite furry creatures in a cool foodie environment. For you, there’ll be fusion street food available at Nins Shack, pints aplenty and a sweet selection of doughnuts from R Place. For pups, there’ll be fresh bowls of water, endless doggy treats and toys to keep them entertained as you unwind with friends and family. If that isn’t enough, you can get up and start the day early with fresh Tynemouth Coffee Company coffee and artisan gourmet pies from Tynemouth Gourmet Pies.
ST VALERY BOUTIQUE B&B, ALNMOUTH >>
St Valery Boutique B&B in Alnmouth is a chic and cosy getaway perfect for couples and canines exploring the Northumbrian coastline this summer. The lovely Harvey and his house dog Roxy will make you feel very special as they welcome you into their home – a stunning Victorian house with high ceilings, original mosaic fireplaces and location-inspired artworks.
St Valery is a relaxing beachside hideaway for grown-ups, where you’ll find comfy beds dressed in the finest Egyptian cotton, silk pillows and duvets, fluffy towels, luxurious bathroom goodies and mouthwatering home-cooked breakfasts, made with lovely local produce. Pampered pooches don’t miss out on the luxuries though; expect homemade doggy treats with little love notes from Roxy. Days at St Valery can be spent cosying up indoors, searching for stones on the sandy beach, or heading into the village for local goodies. It’s a poochy paradise and the perfect escape for humans too.
RABY CASTLE & HIGH FORCE >>
Put on your walking boots, grab a lead and head over to Raby Castle’s Park and Gardens and High Force Hotel and Waterfall with your four-legged friend(s). New for 2019, Raby Estates welcomes well-behaved dogs in the Stables Café with free doggy treats and water bowls provided, and you can explore the picturesque 18th century Walled Gardens and 200 acre Park on a lead (for the protection of the herds of red and fallow deer). For those really muddy four-legged friends there is a covered area in the Coach Yard where you can enjoy takeaway hot and cold drinks and Frozzy’s (a new healthy frozen yogurt treat for your dogs). A visit to the Stables Shop is a must, which has a new dog range including Wellybix tasty treats which are homemade in Allison’s kitchen in Romaldkirk, a guide to the best dog friendly pubs, hotels and B&B’s and leads and collars by Blossom co which are made in Britain.
For a change of scene, make sure you visit High Force Hotel located in the stunning countryside of Upper Teesdale and situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether it’s for a stroll to the Waterfall, Sunday lunch or an overnight stay, dogs are welcome throughout. Be sure to notify staff when booking accommodation as you might find some free ‘dog treats’ in your room on arrival.