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Westonbirt Arboretum is always worth visiting just to see the trees that are an essential part of the venue. But there is another reason for paying a visit on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday the 20th and 21st of February. This is when the Dog Days event takes place.

This will be the fifth year that the Dog Days event will take over the Westonbirt Arboretum, and lots of dog owners and lovers have plenty of reasons for wanting to go along and see the fun. For those that take part there is the opportunity to try and win the regional heat of the much loved Scruffts competition. As the name would suggest, this isn’t Crufts but instead it is the cross breed version of it.

One of the great things about the Dog Days event is the range of competitions and courses you will find there. There is a dog agility course if your own dog is up for the challenge, and you can also enjoy watching the dog and ferret racing which takes place on the Saturday.

So if you happen to be taking your pooch on holiday to the Cotswolds with you that weekend break, why not pop along to Westonbirt Arboretum to see what is going on there? You can attend on one or both days, but it certainly provides a nice event to add to any Cotswolds holiday. Since the area does have pet friendly places to stay, providing Cotswolds accommodation of many kinds, try and find somewhere nearby that allows you to add the Arboretum into your holiday itinerary.

One of the nicest parts of Westonbirt Arboretum is Silk Wood. And the Dog Days event will see a guided walk through the woods on both days, starting off at 11am and 2pm as well, if you would prefer to go and walk off your lunch rather than building up an appetite for it!

The cost of entry to the Dog Days event is £7 for adults, and children get in cheaper at just £3 per ticket. You don’t have to book in advance either, so it is quite possible to get up and decide which of the two days you want to attend on. It certainly helps to have good weather so keep an eye on the forecast for the day and make your decision from there – particularly if you have other Cotswolds attractions on your list of things to see while you are in the area.The Westonbirt Arboretum is nice and easy to find too. It isn’t far from either the M4 or M5 motorways, and it is located just three miles outside of Tetbury in a south westerly direction. Tetbury is south west of Cirencester too on the A433 so it is nicely located if you want to go and explore some more of the local area once you have finished at the Dog Days event.

So if you and your dog have nothing else planned for that weekend in February, why not come along?