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Video by Flora Ellis

We are excited to tell you about our programme of events

Join the Strutt Your Mutt Challenge today
2 and 5 mile walks start from 9am through until 4pm

Walk through the beautiful Benacre Estate

Challenge yourself and your dog to walk either a two or a five mile route on the picturesque Benacre Estate and why not raise money for our charity by getting friends and family to sponsor you. Admission on the day or book your timed entry early from the website and receive sheet of vouchers to get some great discounts from our traders on the day.

Benacre National Nature Reserve is managed by Natural England with much of the reserve being private property and not normally open to the public so, thanks to the kindness and generosity of Lady Gooch, taking part in Strutt your Mutt is a great opportunity to learn more about this beautiful area and the plants and animals that inhabit it. It is a fascinating example of England’s countryside at its diverse best with our walks taking visitors through a wide range of habitats ranging from farmland to heathland and from woodland to beach. Part of the estate has been internationally recognised as an area of special conservation value and is well worth the walk so take your binoculars and camera with you.

The nature reserve is made up of a variety of habitats which are home to many rare and unusual species of plants and animals. As you walk you can glimpse open water lagoons, walk alongside reed beds, and through woodland. The marshes are a valuable habitat for plants such as marsh mallow, marsh sow thistle and golden dock. Look out for Marsh Harriers overhead or perhaps you might hear the distinctive pinging calls of bearded tits as they delicately hunt for insects and reed seeds.

Bearded Tit
Golden Dock
Marsh Harrier
Tern
Marsh Mallow Plant

For more about the Benacre Estate go to http://www.benacre.co.uk/

You might also enjoy these great photos on Flickr taken by Sarah James at last years Strutt Your Mutt.

Strutt Your Mutt Fun Dog show – Entries from 10am – judging from 12.00

Our fun dog show is open to all, whether you’ve got a pedigree Poodle or a cheeky Chorkie (Chihuahua X Yorkshire Terrier) there is a class for you at the Strutt your Mutt Dog show. There will be rosettes and prizes to be won up to 5th place in each class, with the best dogs going forward to the ultimate accolade of Best in show.

This years Judge will be Tony Fenton.

The face of Strutt Your Mutt 2016
12.00
Handsomest Dog
12.20
Prettiest Bitch
12.40
Waggiest Tail
1.00
Best Movement
1.20
Dogs under 16” tall
1.40
Dogs over 16” tall
2.00
Best Veteran (over 7 years)
2.20
Dog the Judge would most like to take home
2.40
Best Rescue Dog
3.00
Cutest Dog
3.30
Best in show and reserve best in show

Lets go Mini Beast Hunting with Butterflies of Britain

Lindsey Andrews and her team will be providing Mini Beast hunting and butterfly spotting as well as all sorts of other beastie activities on the day so make sure and find their tent for some family educational fun.

The Butterflies of Britain education programme provide outreach educational sessions and experiences for children and families across Suffolk and Norfolk. Visit their website for more information www.butterfliesofbritain.co.uk or follow them on Facebook@butterflyeducation

The Templewicks Super Dog Challenge

Super Dog Challenge

The Templewicks Super Dog Challenge is a fun competition open to all. It’s all about that special bond between dogs and humans. The show challenges the very best of those friendships. Both dogs and handlers are put to the test as they compete in this fun challenge of agility and obedience.

For more details about this exciting event at Strutt Your Mutt 2018, including the games dogs and their handlers will take part in to find this year's champion Super Dog, please download the Templewicks Super Dog Challenge guide.

Make a Mosaic - Children’s Craft Activity Stall

Make a Mosiac

Create a beautiful mosaic mirror to take home as a memento of the day.

Select a mirror shape and then have fun choosing from the colourful and interesting bits and pieces to create your own design.

Fens Falconry

Fen Falconry

There will be displays in the main arena from Fens Falconry which we are sure will capture your attention.

At these demonstrations you will see falcons flying to the swung lure, kestrels displaying a different style of hunting, which is to hover and the broadwings (that's buzzards, eagles, kites and vultures) flying low from posts and trees gliding down to the glove for food. We are however told that on a good day and with the right conditions they may be able to get some height and show off a bit by soaring. Make sure to have your camera with you as there will be some superb photo opportunities.

In addition to the flying displays the team will have a stand at the event allowing you the opportunity to get a closer look at some of nature’s best designed predators and learn about these magnificent birds of prey, as this dedicated team have a wealth of knowledge and will be happy to answer all your questions throughout the day.

Fen Falconry

For more information about Fens Falconry, please visit thier website Fens Falconry

Blythview Gundogs

Blythview Gundogs

Simon, Julie and their dogs, all from Blythview Gundogs will be demonstrating the training and work of a gundog.

Sian Murphy - The Wonder Collies

The wonder collies
The wonder collies
Catch!

Sian Murphy and her Wonder Collies Storm, Ellie and Jet will be showing off their talents in the main arena with a Disc dog and Trickdog demonstrations featuring individual, duo and trio tricks, flips and routines!

Sian’s dogs are all rescue dogs who travel the around the country with her, appearing at shows such as the National Pet Show, Just Dogs, Dogfest and Paws in the Park to name but a few, so we feel very lucky to have them at Strutt Your Mutt Charity Dog Day.

Paws and Pose

Lola

Paws and Pose – for a Strutt Your Mutt photo with your dog/s and family/friends.

Photographer Debbie Townsend will be situated at the start of the Strutt Your Mutt walks to capture the excitement of the day as everyone sets off on either the two or five mile walks. Everyone will be given a card with details of how to view the photos and an opportunity to purchase them if they wish but there is absolutely no obligation at all.

Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team

Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team

Strutt Your Mutt welcomes back the Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team, who always delights audiences with their unique style of canine agility. The team is made up of different sizes and breeds dogs and features them tearing through tunnels, weaving poles, racing over a series of jumps and performing spectacular fire jumps. A mix of superb skills, breath-taking high- speed stunts and humorous presentation provides a must see show

Fancy Dress Competition

Fancy Dress

Strutt Your Mutt will be hosting its first ever canine fancy dress parade with some pawsome prizes for the best.

Essex and Suffolk Dog Display Team

Display Team

A warm welcome to the very entertaining Essex and Suffolk Dog Display team, it’s their first time at Strutt Your Mutt and I am sure you will enjoy their unique performance and fascinating commentary. The team will be showing how the different breeds can adapt to tricks training and combining it with heelwork to music.

The Little Nippers Lurcher and Terrier Display

Little Nippers

Phill Gibbons and his team from Ridgeside invite you to see their fantastic lurchers and terriers do what comes naturally to them.

In the arena they race at full speed chasing the electric lure. They can’t wait to bring real mayhem to the Strutt your Mutt main arena with Little Nippers Racing, it’s a fast action -packed demonstration with an informative and humorous commentary by Phill.

You will also be invited to "have a go" with your own dogs - whatever their breed!

We are told that not only is great fun for the dogs – audiences love it too!

Little Nippers
Little Nippers
Little Nippers

Other attractions include

Music and Entertainment from Maria Sax and Ian Larkin

Maria Sax
Ian Larkin

Visit the Nags Head Bar and take your pick from a wide variety of food stands inside our walled garden area.

Lots of shopping from a wide variety of trade and charity stands. See vendors & Entertainment for the latest information.

Relax, its Strutt Your Mutt
Relax, its Strutt Your Mutt