Country Dog Show

🗓️ Sunday 6th August 2023

Calling all Dorset dogs (and holidaying hounds!) – the Margaret Green Rescue Centre summer Country Dog Show is back.

Humans and their furry friends are invited to take part in a range of fun classes – the top five in each one will win a coveted rosette.

  • Dog at MGARC dog show
  • Entrance to the Church Knowle Rehoming & Visitor Centre
  • Dorset Police dog at the Church Knowle dog show
  • Kids' area at the Church Knowle animal rescue centre dog show
  • Falconry display at the Church Knowle dog show


Classes include Waggiest Tail, Most Appealing Eyes, Prettiest Girl & Most Handsome Boy, Golden Oldie, and Dog the Judge Would Most Like to Take Home (don’t worry – they won’t!)

Classes are separated into a male and a female ring, with the exception of Best Child Handler, in which any dog can enter.

Gates open at 11am, with the first class commencing at 11.30am. The day ends at 6pm.

Further activities

The annual Country Dog Show is a fun day out for both dogs and their humans, with a range of stalls and entertainment throughout the day.

Four-legged fun

  • Dog activities, including flyball & have-a-go-agility course
  • Doggy Lucky Dip – sniff out the best prize
  • Doggy pre-loved stall, because even pups love a bargain
  • Professional photography session for you and your human
  • Cool-down zone – a place to hang out, cool off and stay hydrated throughout the day

Human entertainment

  • Live music
  • Tombola & raffle – with cash prizes, gifts and a dog-friendly stay at nearby Burnbake
  • Birds of Prey demonstration
  • Children’s activities including face-painting
  • Hot & cold food and refreshments
  • Local stall holders

Tickets & entry

Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre sign in Church Knowle
Animal rescue centre in Church Knowle

Pay on the gate for entry into the show.

  • Adult – £5
  • Child (under 12) – £2
  • Dogs – free to attend, £2 to enter each class

There’s plenty of on-site parking in the field.

Find out more about the event and the centre’s animal rescue work on their website:

How to get there

📍Margaret Green Animal Rescue, Church Knowle, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5NQ

Whether you’re arriving from Swanage or Wareham via the A351, simply turn down the road at the bottom of Corfe Castle toward Tyneham & Kimmeridge.

The village of Church Knowle is about a mile-and-a-half from Corfe, and the animal rehoming centre is at the end of the village on your left, just past the playground.