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Our last Sunday open day of the season and an opportunity for visitors’ dogs to take centre stage, organised with Wendy’s Petcare Services of Great Dunmow and sponsored by Burns Natural Pet Food and Butternut Box.

  • dog classes, from Prettiest Puppy to Best in Show
  • best halloween dressed dog
  • meet the local police dogs, with Essex Police Dogs Handling Unit
  • learn about training Guide Dogs, with Support 4 Sight
  • pet care advice from Dr Alex Bradnick from All Paws Veterinary Practice
  • pet food and other stalls

October is a lovely month at the Gardens, with the dahlia border still stunning and the first autumn colours on the trees. Children will enjoy den-building, climbing into the treehouse and the children’s trail.

There will be a range of other stalls, including a plant stall and the Trust’s jam and jelly tombola and of course pumpkins and squashes on its produce stall. We will be joined by other craft stalls and exhibitors too.

Our volunteers will provide locally sourced bacon, cheese or hummus rolls; homemade cakes; and hot and cold drinks until they run out – or till 4.00pm.

Dog Show Classes and Timings:

12.30 – Puppy under 6 months

13.00 – Best Veteran for 7 years+

13.30 – Best Halloween Dog

14.00 – Prettiest Bitch

14.30 – Handsomest Dog

15.00 – The Dog the Judges would most like to take home

Fees for Entry to dog classes:

£2 per dog to enter show and take part in as many classes as they want. Prizes for winners, from the sponsors.

Gates open at 11.00. Tickets are available in advance, through Trybooking at £5.50 for an adult, children under 16 free. Tickets are also available on the Gate at £6.50 for an adult.  What3words for the entrance to the car park is stocky.bulletins.opponent

More information is on our visitor information page.


October 15
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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