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Is this Plymouth’s top dog friendly location?

PUBLISHED: 14:30 29 April 2015 | UPDATED: 14:30 29 April 2015

Dog Show

Dog Show


This bank holiday Monday there is a charity dog show at the Royal William Yard in support of Gables Farm

Plymouth’s Royal William Yard is fast becoming one of the city’s top dog destinations. The Yard, developed by property firm Urban Splash, is steeped in military history and is home to the largest collection of Grade I Listed military buildings in Europe, but with its wealth of dog friendly establishments it also has found itself fast becoming a firm favourite for all the family. A position the Yard looks set to strengthen with its first dog show.

Dog friendly establishments at RWY include; Wagamamma, Prezzo, Las Iguanas and River Cottage where dogs are welcome at the outside seating areas. Residence One, which welcomes dogs on all three floors and in the gardens of Will’s Tearoom, Seco Lounge where dogs are welcome both inside and out, and at Bistrot Pierre where dogs can sit with their owners both in the bar area and on the patio.

With an hourly water bus service between RWY and Plymouth’s Barbican, the Plymouth landmark attracts visitors and their four legged friends from far and wide, including those who wish to take advantage of its berthing and mooring facilities at the on-site marina. Walkers on the South West Coast Path can enter the yard via the award-winning cantilevered stairs that link RWY to Devil’s Point whilst Cyclists can ride into RWY on hire bikes from Rockets and Rascals which has branches within RWY and at the Barbican.

Alexis Legrand from Bistrot Pierre says of the Bistrot’s dog policy: “The French love le chien as much as the English, and at Bistrot Pierre we’re delighted to welcome visitors and their dogs. We have an all-day bar menu and well-behaved dogs are welcome in the bar all year round, as well as a large seating area overlooking the lawn which is very popular too.”

For the dog show RWY has teamed up with local charity Gables Farm. The event will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May, beginning at 11am on the lawn. Dog owners are invited to enter their dogs into any of nine event classes at just £1 per dog, per class, and rosettes will be given from 1st through to 4th place. All proceeds will be going towards the welfare of the dogs and cats at Gables Farm and there will be a Gables Farm gazebo on the lawn offering further information on the animals at Gables Farm and the process of re-homing.

The dog show classes are:

Prettiest Bitch

Most Handsome Dog

Most Appealing eyes

Friendliest Dog

Best Trick

Best Veteran (over 7 years of age)

Best Child Handler under 14 years of age

Best Fancy dress

Waggiest Tail

There will be also be a championship class for all first place winners after all classes have finished where the ‘Best in Show’ dog will be chosen.

Emily Handslip, Associate Director Urban Splash, comments: “It has been fantastic to watch the transformation of the yard over the last ten years that Urban Splash has been developing it. Every year sees it become more and more central to the Plymouth community, where it has been the location for events from pop-up theatre to outdoor cinema, as well as the home of the popular monthly food market. And with the Antiques Roadshow arriving this June, this year looks set to be as exciting as ever


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