photos: Burnham-On-Sea Sea Dogs Festival is a barking success!
lovers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area headed to the town's
first Sea Dogs Festival on Saturday (April 30th).
inaugural event took place on the beach alongside the South Esplanade
and also marked National Pet Month.
steady flow of dog owners and lovers visited the festival, which
was set up to promote responsible dog owning, raise the profile
of Burnham-On-Sea as a place for dogs to visit, and highlight
the health benefits of dog ownership.
Milner Simonds, co-organiser of the the new event, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Saturday saw bright sunshine and Burnham seafront full of
dogs and happy faces at the first Sea Dogs Festival."
wanted to organise a fun, informative day out aimed at dog owners
and dog lovers that gave us an opportunity to showcase Burnham-On-Sea.
We chose the last day of the dog access to some of the beaches
to highlight the seasonal rules."
photos, taken by David Whatley, Luke Organ and Burnham-On-Sea.com,
show some of the competitors at the event.
Beverley Milner Simonds added: "We had over 150 entries to
various fun dog show classes and over 800 people came along to
this first event. We gathered some great feedback on what people
want more of."
to shops and cafes on The Esplanade and in town they also benefited
from an increase in footfall. It was really nice to hear from
the street cleaning team that despite the large increase in dogs,
there was no fouling."
rules on which beaches dogs can access changes to the summer rules
bertween 1st May and 30th September each year.
these dates owners can't take a dog onto the beaches between the
Yacht Club and the Jetty and the Pavilion and the end of the sea
wall/Maddocks Slade. Dogs can never go on the beach between the
Jetty and the Pavilion and have unrestricted year-round access
to the six miles of sandy beach north of Maddocks Slade and the
end of the sea wall.
Pet Month is about promoting responsible pet ownership across
the UK by encouraging people to hold events like the Sea Dogs
Radio Bristol's Emma Britton and MP James Heappey were among the
visitors during the day, as pictured here.
from David Whatley, Luke Organ and Burnham-On-Sea.com
on in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge