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Popular dog festival risks cancellation without urgent support

Woofstock will not go ahead this year unless enough people buy tickets by Friday

Caroline Abbott

Posted 2 months ago ago

Image: Woofstock dog festival

by Colleen Smith

One of the country’s best-loved dog festivals, Woofstock, is at risk of being cancelled. Organisers are pleading for everyone who promised to buy a ticket to do so by FRIDAY – otherwise they might have to pull the plug.

The award-winning event was founded in 2014 and was due to be held from Friday to Sunday, August 6 to 8, at a 25-acre site at Blackawton near Dartmouth, Devon.

But cash reserves were wiped out after the volunteer directors dipped into their own pockets to stage a virtual event when Covid-19 hit last year.

Woofstock costs in excess of £30,000 to run, and raises thousands for charities.

But with just four weeks to go before this summer's event, they say costs this year have skyrocketed due to Covid regulations and they have not had enough tickets sales.

In an emotional plea for help they said: "We can't sugar coat this message. We need your help. We are asking all of you who have promised to purchase tickets to do so by close of business on Friday, or there will be no event this year.

"There will be no support for the musicians, which have struggled for the past 12 months. There will be no support for the charities, which have struggled for the past 12 months. There will be no event. We need your help."

Image: Woofstock dog festival

Tickets start from £9 and are so far still available to buy here for this year's event.

Founders of Woofstock UK, Heather and Carol Nesbitt-Bayley, said that after the year we’ve all had, they wanted this to be an exciting event in the calendar for dog owners to look forward to.

They promise that if the event does not happen, everybody will get a refund. They said: "The directors of Woofstock UK do not, nor have they ever, taken a wage. These funds are purely to run the event, and support the charities. Our reserves were wiped out in 2020, with Virtual Woofstock UK 2020 being funded from our own pocket to ensure the support for charities continued.

"We continued with planning Woofstock UK 2021 as ticket sales have always been much more forthcoming. We wanted to give everyone something to look forward to after such a terrible year. This year has brought events to their knees – including us."

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