Round of a-paws for Goodwoof as canine event wraps up for 2023.
Goodwoof has proven to be a must-attend event for dog lovers and enthusiasts, leaving tails wagging and hearts full of joy. Goodwoof 2023 celebrated with a spectacular sun-filled weekend for dogs of all shapes and sizes…and their humans. Over 300 poodles opened the event with a dedicated parade and marching band. Foster + Partners won the Barkitecture competition with ‘Barc’, judged by Kevin McCloud on the Sunday.
The Goodwood Estate came alive with wagging tails, happy barks, and plenty of tail-wagging excitement as the highly anticipated Goodwoof event took place on May 20 and 21. This two-day extravaganza dedicated to dog lovers and enthusiasts offered a paw-some experience for all attendees.
The festivities kicked off with an adorable and lively parade featuring over 300 poodles of various sizes, captivating the audience with their elegance and charm. Led by the magnificent military marching band, the poodles, including standard, miniature, and teacup varieties, showcased the versatility and beauty of the breed. The Duke of Richmond, accompanied by Snoopy, expressed his fondness for poodles, inspired by cherished memories of his grandmother’s black standard poodle named Bruno.
One of the highlights of Goodwoof was the Barkitecture competition, presented by Mastercard, which captivated visitors and their furry companions. This year’s theme, “A Companion Piece – Dogs at Work,” drew remarkable kennel designs from renowned architects. Foster + Partners took home the top prize with their winning creation, ‘Barc,’ impressing the judges, including Kevin McCloud, Bill Bailey, and Stephen Bayley. The impressive array of kennels, including designs by Coffey Architects and Sebastian Conran of Conran & Partners, were auctioned off, raising an incredible £26,150 for the event’s charity, Pets As Therapy.
But Goodwoof wasn’t just about architectural marvels. It offered a diverse range of activities and entertainment to keep both humans and canines thoroughly entertained. The Ministry of Hound provided a dog disco experience, where party animals of all species hit the dance floor to the beats spun by DJ Fat Tony and Conor Wheeler. Love Island contestant Curtis Pritchard showed off his dance moves, teaching attendees how to groove with their furry friends.
Literary Corner offered a tranquil spot for book lovers to relax and listen to captivating tales shared by renowned authors and artists, including Charlie Mackesy, Clare Balding, Bill Bailey, and Murray Lachlan Young. Their dog-inspired stories created a delightful atmosphere, complemented by the warm sunshine.
Health and well-being were also a significant focus at Goodwoof. The Wellness Stage, presented by MARS Petcare, featured talks and demonstrations by experts in various fields, such as TV Vet Dr. Scott Miller, who shared valuable insights on topics like choosing the perfect breed and dog grooming. The Studio, presented by Randox, provided a calm oasis for both dogs and their owners, offering activities like Doga, physiotherapy, reiki, and sound bathing to promote relaxation and well-being.
Throughout the event, dogs enjoyed poolside fun at Fido’s Lido presented by Leaps and Bounds, explored the off-lead area, and participated in the Fastest Dog competition presented by DHL. The Have-a-Go arena offered training sessions for older dogs, while Bentley’s Pup-arazzi activation allowed camera-ready canines to strike a pose and raise funds for Pets As Therapy.
Chien Charmant, the concours d’elegance for the dog world, showcased the unique bond between dogs and their owners, celebrating their special charisma and elegance.
Amidst the excitement, attendees had the chance to relax and savor the ambiance. The Taittinger Champagne Bar provided a tranquil setting, accompanied by the soothing melodies of a pianist. Fortnum & Mason, a new addition to Goodwoof this year, offered stylish picnickers a chance to indulge in summer-themed hampers while enjoying gun and sheepdog demonstrations.
As this year’s Goodwoof event came to a close, anticipation for next year’s edition began to build. Tickets for the upcoming event are now available, so dog lovers can secure their spot and prepare for another unforgettable celebration of our furry friends.