Update: Suffolk Dog Day 2023 CANCELLED

We are sorry to report, due to the hot weather predicted on Sunday, we have decided to unfortunately cancel this year’s event at Helmingham Hall on Sunday 10 September.

The safety of dogs and visitors at the event is our highest priority and we have made this difficult decision in collaboration and support from our event partners at the RSPCA and Nightingale Vets. This decision has been taken early to give as much notice as possible for traders and visitors.

If you have pre-booked tickets for the event, you will have received an email in your inbox, which includes the following link to request a refund for your tickets or you can decide to donate your entry to the hospice to fund patient care: https://www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/refund-form-suffolk-dog-day/

Please complete this form by midnight on Thursday 14 September. Refunds should appear within 10 working days of this date. If you do not complete this form by the cut-off date, we will presume you will be donating your entry to St Elizabeth Hospice.

We wish to say a heartfelt thank you to our volunteers, sponsors, stallholders and supporters for their understanding. We look forward to welcoming you all at Suffolk Dog Day in 2024.

Posted: Wednesday 6 September, 10am


Suffolk Dog Day is back! St Elizabeth Hospice is thrilled to be presenting this much loved family friendly event at Helmingham Hall on Sunday 10 September 2023.

There will be plenty of fun dog classes with great prizes, agility, dog scurry and lots of attractions and trade stands to keep everyone entertained.

Helmingham Hall, Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6EF

Gates to Helmingham Hall open from 10am to the public, and close at 5pm.
On arrival, please enter via the Framsden gate located off the B1077.

Other highlights include:

Over 50 stalls to treat your dog – selling everything from dog accessories to cheese!

Class in breed shows

Have a go areas - fun activities for you and your dog to try out

Crufts style competitions

Demonstrations in agility and training from industry experts

Competitions to enter with your dog – best rescue, best senior, best puppy, best junior handler to name a few!

Children’s activities to keep them entertained

Catering village & bar to enjoy throughout the day

Access information:

This event takes place outside at Helmingham Hall gardens. The event is on one level, however the terrain is grass and can be uneven. There are access toilets on site as well as on site parking near to the event entrance. If you have any further queries on access for Suffolk Dog Day, please call 01473 723600.

Headline sponsors:

Keep up to date with Suffolk Dog Day on our dedicated Social Media channels:

Book early to get your discount! Tickets include entry to Helmingham Gardens.

Child tickets apply to ages 5 to 17. Adult tickets are for 18 years and above. Disabled/access tickets include a free carer place for entry.

Standard online:

£14 adult | £6 child | £35 family ticket (2 adults, 3 children)
Until Wednesday 6 September, 11.59pm

Tickets on the day:

£15 adult | £7 child | £40 family ticket (2 adults, 3 children)

Proceeds from Suffolk Dog Day will go towards St Elizabeth Hospice's care in Ipswich, East Suffolk & Great Yarmouth and Waveney to continue providing outstanding palliative and end of life care in the local community.

Ticket transactions have a small fee implemented by our ticket provider Enthuse at 1.9% + 20p of the ticket price

We want you and your dog to enjoy the day so Best Behaviour Dog Training have prepared some helpful tips to make the day go smoothly and be the most enjoyable experience.

Practice your dog’s training before you come so you can enjoy the day together. Suffolk Dog Day promotes kind positive reward based dog training, the use of prong or shock collars is not permitted.

Make sure your dog has a comfortable collar or harness to wear on the day. Best Behaviour Dog Training recommend a flat collar or a ‘y’ shaped harness for comfort with a 1.5-2m lead. 

Prepare your doggy bag for the day - include items like water, treats, poo bags, and a mat to take some time to chill out in the beautiful surroundings of Helmingham hall.

Prepare for the journey to the show. Although a short distance for many, for any travel make sure your dog is secured in your vehicle, comfortable and safe and why not treat them to a yummy chew for the journey before their day at the equivalent to Doggy Alton Towers!

On arrival - take your time. Your dog is going to have the best time from the moment they leave the car to arriving home to sleep off the day. Suffolk Dog Day is set in the beautiful Suffolk countryside and as soon as they set foot outside of the car they are going to be on a sniffari that will blow their mind and leave you with a happy contented dog. So let them sniff!

When you are at the show give your dog and others space. Set in the spacious grounds of Helmingham hall we really do have the pawfect paradise for dogs to explore, play and relax. Take time throughout the day to watch some classes, speak with the professionals, have some retail therapy for you and your dog and enjoy the surroundings.

For any first aid emergency on the day please make your way to see Emily from Nightingales Vets located at the Nightingale Vets / RSPCA stand. 
There are a few ways to book your dog into our show classes:

You can register during the ticket purchasing process, you can register on the day or if you have already booked tickets you can call our fundraising team on 01473 723600 to book and pay over the phone.


As well as our headline sponsors, we would like to thank:

Helmingham Ring Sponsor & Printing Partner:

Expert Ring, presented by:

Best Movement Class and Event Waste Sponsor:

Lake Scurry Sponsor:

Toilet Sponsor:

Best Pedigree Class Sponsor:

Two of a Kind/Mix n Match Class Sponsor:

The Long and Short of It Class Sponsor:

Suffolk's Next Top Model, Male Class Sponsor:

Suffolk's Next Top Model, Female Class Sponsor:

Best Crossbreed Class Sponsor:

Best Puppy Class Sponsor:

Bad Hair Day Class Sponsor:

Best 6 Legs Class Sponsor:

Suffolk Ring Sponsor:

Tea Tent Sponsor:

Vehicle Entrance Sponsor:

Agility Ring Sponsor:

Judge's Tent Sponsor:

Best Labradoodle Class, presented by:

Best Puppy Class Sponsor:

Best Cockerpoo Class Sponsor:

For Your Eyes Only Class Sponsor:

Best Rescue Class Sponsor:

Waggiest Tail Class Sponsor:

Fancy Dress Class Sponsor:

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