There’s nothing more idyllic than being surrounded by your family on holiday, exploring new places and sharing plenty of laughter and fun. You don’t want to leave any family member behind – and that includes your beloved dog.
We know that your pet is an integral part of the family, and you want to bring them along to the forest with you. That’s fine by us – our locations are very dog-friendly. But we know it’s not always as easy to get out and about with your canine companions, so we’ve found for some great days out to make sure you all enjoy every moment of your holiday together.
With over 20 acres of gardens you’ll have plenty of walking to do at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Dogs can join you for free, although they are not allowed in the biomes. You’ll need to take turns going inside, but it’s well worth a trip to the treetop walkway with amazing views across the Rainforest biome.
Cornwall is full of family attractions, and plenty of those are pet-friendly too. Discover more about the Arthurian legends with a trip to Tintagel Castle and The Arthurian Centre, built on the site of the legendary last battle. Then relax with some boating, a round of crazy golf and jump on the trampoline at Holywell Bay Fun Park.
Become archaeologists and uncover ancient Britain on the fascinating site of Buster Ancient Farm. You’ll find out about life in the Bronze Age, explore a Roman villa, take a look at medicinal techniques used by the Saxons – you can even book a family metalworking workshop and make your own bronze knife or axe.
There is plenty of walking along the picturesque River Itchen in Winchester, before you enjoy a well-deserved lunch in one of the city’s many pet-friendly pubs. For something a little different, enjoy a trip on a glorious steam train at The Watercress Line.
The Wye valley is a small slice of dog heaven. Delicious romps through stunning scenery up to Symonds Yat Rock, plenty of fun for big kids, and little ones too, at Beechenhurst Lodge, rounded off with an afternoon’s rest in the sunshine at The Saracens Head Inn, watching the boats sail by.
If you are looking for something a little more grown up, take your dog for a walk through the vineyard at Parva Farm. Enjoy wine-tasting in the shop – and browse through the locally produced gifts at the same time.
If you are a history fan, you’ll love wandering around the various monuments and sites maintained by English Heritage. Just a short distance apart on the edge of Thetford Forest you’ll find Thetford Warren Lodge, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and perhaps most unusual of all, Grime’s Graves.
For a tranquil but fun day out, explore Gooderstone Water Gardens. You’ll find six acres of beautiful gardens filled with ponds and waterways. After you’ve followed the trail over all thirteen bridges, stop in the café for an ice cream or home-made cake.
Outdoor theatre, pond dipping and ghosts – there’s always something on at Rufford Abbey, near to Sherwood Forest. This beautiful park offers plenty to do, from exploring the woodlands, swinging through the adventure playground and visiting our craft shop.
Visit Creswell Crags for a lovely long dog walk. This awe-inspiring limestone gorge is honeycombed with caves and fissures to explore. Take turns visiting the museum, and then enjoy an ice cream in the café. They even have delicious dog yoghurts, so no one feels left out.
Although, as you would expect, the Yorkshire Moors are full of wildlife and long walks, amazing smells and rivers and streams, the perfect playground for a happy dog, that’s not all they have to offer.
The whole family will enjoy a day out at the Ryedale Folk Museum. There are events on throughout the year, as well as animals to pet. Explore the historic buildings collection, many of which were purpose built as sets for the objects collected by the museum. From the Iron Age roundhouse to the Tudor manor house, and a seventeenth century cruck house, get a feel for farming life as it was in years gone by.
Discover life in a nineteenth century jail, view the rather gruesome punishments used to deter criminals, and experience a trial based on real life events that took place over 150 years ago. Inveraray Jail is a fascinating day out for the brave.
Once you finish your tour, step back into the modern world with a walk around the charming town of Inveraray before stopping at The Creggans Inn for a lovely meal in the dog-friendly bar.
Of course, if you are looking for something a little more chilled, we’re close to a number of beautiful dog-friendly beaches – just the place for a game of frisbee.
We know that being sure of a warm welcome for your dog takes some of the stress out of your holiday, so in addition to this snapshot of days out, just ask the team at your preferred Forest Holidays location for some local knowledge of other dog-friendly days out.