This weekend sees the arrival of Big Dog Walk to the stunning Borde Hill in Sussex, but what is Big Dog Walk?
Big Dog Walk is not just any dog walk, it will be the best Sunday stroll your dog has ever been on! There is so much to enjoy at the event including Pick Up Treats, plenty of Have-a-go Activities, Shopping for both you and your dog, Expert Advice for any burning questions you might have, Fun Dog Shows including the Best Celebrity Look-alike, the famous DogStacle Course, and plenty of Refreshments to get you through the day. Get you tickets here if you haven't already. Join us for Sunday Funday socialising and having fun. Who knows, your dog may even get a cuddle from the marvelous Michaela Strachan!
With the weather forecast set to be stunning, and with the venue being super close to Haywards Heath, it’s just a short drive to Brighton town centre, so why not make a weekend out of it!
We’ve spoken to our team and they’ve picked out their favourite places to eat, drink and stay that are dog friendly…
Where to Stay
9 Oriental Place, BN1 2LJ
Free for Dogs
The Oriental is a 4* Highly Commended Grade II Listed Regency Guest House that has a refreshing view on design and service. It has also been recommended by the Sunday Times Travel Magazine as one of the World’s 100 Best City Hotels to visit for £100 or less. Luckily for us, The Oriental love having four-legged friends stay with them and they even have their own in-house pooch called Luna who often frequents the lounge area. The hotel asks that owners bring their own bedding and food bowls etc for their pets and that dogs behave well!
The Strand, Brighton Marina BN2 5WA
£20 a Night
The Malmaison is making waves in the Brighton Marina with their boutique bedrooms that offer big, comfy beds, plus first-class facilities and amenities, plus they’re dog friendly! Mal welcomes all kinds of guests including canine ones as long as they are over 1 year of age, are well behaved and Guests don’t leave dogs unattended in rooms at any time without first advising reception.
31-38 Kings Road, BN1 1NR
£10 a Night
The Old Ship Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the vibrant city of Brighton sits proudly on the seafront with areas of the hotel dating back from 1559! The hotel offers stunning panoramic sea views with individually designed bedrooms, and its very own restaurant The Wardroom overlooking the beach which is also dog friendly - your dog may join you in the bar or can be left to relax in your room.
Where to Eat
Milkmaid Pavilion, Kings Road Arches, BN1 2LN
If you’re looking to dine whilst overlooking the beach with your dog by your side, then Brighton Beach Club is for you. It’s a stunning 2-floor pub and contemporary dining room which is located right on the beachfront next door to the famous i360. They offer a variety of food across their menus which showcases local producers too.
12 St James's St, Kemptown, BN2 1RE
Purezza the UK’s first vegan pizzeria is just a stroll away from the town centre in Kemptown and is very dog friendly. In fact, rumour has it that their staff are all a little bit dog-obsessed. Expect cuddles, pats, and plenty of fawning over your pooches! They also provide water bowls for dogs, and you're then welcome to share a bit of your crust with them.
Opticon, Bartholomew Square, BN1 1JS
MOSHIMO pride themselves on welcoming customers of all shapes and sizes, including those who are dog-shaped and dog-sized! They actually state they are one of the most dog-friendly restaurants in Brighton and have been for years! MOSHIMO is a sushi restaurant famous for making fishing more sustainable and this means that they’re big on vegan and vegetarian food too.
Where to Drink
33 Upper St. James Street, BN2 1JN
Hand in Hand has been pulling pint since at least 1830 and more recently it has been awarded Brighton's best pub in 2019 & 2020. Hidden away from the main hustle and bustle of Brighton, Hand in Hand is filled with an array of characters who welcome dogs with open arms. With live Jazz of a Sunday evening, you won’t want to miss out.
161 Edward Street, Brighton, E Sussex, BN2 0JB
Brighton Bierhaus is home to local international award-winning brewery Brighton Bier In the Beirhaus, you will always be able to find a great range of Brighton Bier alongside guest ales, ciders and a variety of imported German and Belgian lagers. If beer isn’t your cup of tea, then there are plenty of other drinks on offer for you and your dog.
28 North Road, BN1 1YB
Another wonderful pub that has been surviving pints since the 1800s is The Dorset at the heart of Brighton's North Laine. If you and your dog like to sit and people watch, then this location is perfect for you as The Dorset is right in the centre of this famous city's cultural hub and exclusive boutique shopping district.
What to Do
Aside from heading to the Big Dog Walk, here are a few ideas to keep you occupied all weekend.
Visit the Beach
Of course, when you’re down by the seafront you’re going to make a beeline for the beach! During the summer, dogs are only permitted on beaches listed as dog-friendly beaches which will be clearly sign posted.
Take a Trip on Volk’s Railway
The Volk’s Electric Railway is the oldest running electric railway, built by Magnus Volk in 1883, and it’s dog friendly! The Volks Railway runs along the seafront, and you can embark on your journey from near the Brighton Palace Pier and disembark at Black Rock, near the Marina.
Picnic in the Royal Pavilion Gardens
Dogs aren’t allowed in the Royal Pavilion itself, but they are more than welcome to hang out in its stunning surroundings as long as they are kept on a lead. Pick up some sandwiches or a slice of cake with a cold drink and enjoy the sun.