With special guests

Noel Fitzpatrick
Clare Balding

The Big Top

The Big Top is new to DogFest this year with lots of exciting talks and book signings taking place .

Don’t miss book signings by Broadcaster, Journalist and Author Clare Balding as well as The Supervet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, and Editor-In-Chief of Guinness World Records, Craig Glenday.

You can also listen in to the inspirational talks by The Mayhew Charity, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick (please note for children only) and Wellchild Award Winner, Evie Toombes.

  • Saturday
  • Sunday
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    10:00 - 10:45

    Talk For Kids About The Importance of Animals

    Professor Noel Fitzpatrick will be interviewed by the winner of the Junior reporter competition about how much animals matter to us and how his bond with animals inspired him to become a vet. An engaging and entertaining session for all children who love animals. (Children only)

    Professor Noel Fitzpatrick

    11:00 - 11:15

    Talk - My Journey With Lucy

    WellChild award winner, Evie Toombes talks about her journey with her dog Lucy - educating on hidden disability in schools. Her book 'Lucy Goes to school' tells the story of a lonely puppy - as part of her Education-Not-Discrimination campaign. Evie's work has prompted many youngsters to open up & talk about their hidden disabilities leading to more understanding. 

    Evie Toombes, Evie Toombes Foundation Ltd

    11:30 - 12:30

    Book Signing - The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop and The Racehorse Who Disappeared

    Clare will be signing copies of her latest books "The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop and The Racehorse Who Disappeared".  Please note that this is pre-ticketed.

    Clare Balding

    12:45 - 1:15

    Book Signing - Amazing Animals & Wild Things

    Editor-in-Chief of Guinness World Records, Craig Glenday, will be signing copies of "Amazing Animals" and "Wild Things"

    Guinness World Records 

    1:30 - 3:30

    Book Signing - Becoming the Supervet: Listening to the Animals

    Noel will be signing copies of his book - Listening To The Animals. Please note that these are pre-ticketed. Please click here for details.

    Professor Noel Fitzpatrick 

    3:45 - 4:15

    The Power of Animals

    Mayhew’s Zoe Edwards will share a mix of stories from her 25 years in animal welfare, the dogs she has seen along the way and why she thinks animal charities need to be non-judgemental to make a real difference. She will also screen our inspiring short-film series ‘Home is where their dog is’ which tells the story of people from all walks of life, the power their dogs have and how Mayhew helped them to stay together.

    The Mayhew Charity

    4:30 - 5:00

    Book Signing - Amazing Animals & Wild Things

    Editor-in-Chief of Guinness World Records, Craig Glenday, will be signing copies of "Amazing Animals" and "Wild Things"

    Guinness World Records 

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    9:45 - 10:45

    Book Signing - Clare Balding

    Clare will be signing copies of her latest book "The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop and The Racehorse Who Disappeared".  Please note that this is pre-ticketed.

    Clare Balding

    11:00 - 11:45

    Talk For Kids About The Importance of Animals

    Professor Noel Fitzpatrick will be interviewed by the winner of the Junior reporter competition about how much animals matter to us and how his bond with animals inspired him to become a vet. An engaging and entertaining session for all children who love animals. (Children only)

    Professor Noel Fitzpatrick 

    12:00 - 1:00

    Book Signing - Amazing Animals & Wild Things

    Editor-in-Chief of Guinness World Records, Craig Glenday, will be signing copies of "Amazing Animals" and "Wild Things".

    Guinness World Records

    1:15 - 2:15

    Book Signing - Molly & Me

    Come and meet former Detective Inspector Colin and his loveable rescue dog Molly – the world’s first scent-detecting, crime solving, cat-tracking dog, who have set up their own pet-detective agency, the UKPD. They will be signing copies of their new book Molly & Me, the wonderful feel-good true story of their adventures together as they travel up and down the country rescuing hundreds of stolen and missing pets. 

    Colin Butcher and Molly, Pet Detectives 

    2:30 - 3:00

    The Power of Animals

    Mayhew’s Zoe Edwards will share a mix of stories from her 25 years in animal welfare, the dogs she has seen along the way and why she thinks animal charities need to be non-judgemental to make a real difference. She will also screen our inspiring short-film series ‘Home is where their dog is’ which tells the story of people from all walks of life, the power their dogs have and how Mayhew helped them to stay together.

    The Mayhew Charity

    3:30 - 5:00

    Book signing - Listening to the Animals

    Noel will be signing copies of his book - Listening To The Animals. Please note that these are pre-ticketed. Please click here for details.

    Professor Noel Fitzpatrick 

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