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Doggy Cafe

Pop & Bark Paw-ty experience

Spring is in the air and the Doggy Festival Cafe is returning to Down Hall Hotel in the stunning Essex countryside.

Join us on the May bank holiday weekend for a cute Spring celebration and the biggest dog meet up this year!

(Please note: All bookings and enquiries are dealt with via the event organisers- POP & BARK)

Make a weekend of it and book one of our dog friendly bedrooms at a discounted rate starting from only £200. 
(Please use code DH01 when booking direct. Only available on the Sunday/Monday night in a Patio Room) 

You can look forward to...
A 2 hour off-lead, outdoor event with furry fun, frolics & memories for the whole family
Bring your dog to experience the World's only Pupuccino Bar 🍦
An even bigger and better play zone with have-a-go agility, dog toys and balls
Doggy splash pool, the cutest bubble party, ball launcher and fun games
Kids face painting & glitter station, doggy tattoos and ice cream cart
Three delicious food stations and lots of drinks options for humans
Dedicated shopping area with 15+ dog brands, boutiques & small business stalls
Trying a Tesla electric vehicle and discover their innovative 'Dog Mode'
Meet lots of new doggy friends and a whole community of dog lovers!
Doggy bakery serving freshly baked cakes, biscuits and treats for dogs
Professional photos by renowned dog photographer Andrew Richardson
A welcoming event open to all dog lovers without their own dog in tow
New woodland trail for all guests to enjoy before or after the event 
Free car parking on-site for all guests attending 

(Please note: All bookings and enquiries are dealt with via the event organisers- POP & BARK)


Down Hall will be offering guests the choice of three different food stations!

Choose from delicious BBQ with their famous Smashed Beef Patties, Spanish Station with Chicken and Seafood Paella or authentically Italian Stonebaked Pizzas. 

Seasonal cocktails and drinks will also be served from their horse-box bar.

And for our four-legged friends, we've got a mini dog-sized BBQ with sausage bites and pup burgers on the menu! Because let's be honest, what Goldie doesn't like a sneaky bite of the BBQ.


We are thrilled to be welcoming back Andrew Richardson to capture the event!

With lots of cute photo opportunities dotted around the stunning location, you'll have photos that you'll treasure forever.

Best of all, all the professional photos will be available to download after the event and come included in your ticket price. 


Get ready for some tail-wagging goodness!

POP+BARK are the top dogs when it comes to Pupuccinos, serving up over 30,000 of these creamy delights.

The bar is fully stocked with dog-friendly chocolate drops, fresh blueberries, peanut butter sprinkles, gravy bones and more.

Plus, Rudi's The Doggy Bakery will also be bringing their all-natural, pupcakes, doughnut and cookies for dogs hungry for something sweet.


This year, you'll get to enjoy a much bigger shopping experience. 

With lots of doggy brands, boutiques and local sellers setting up stalls for you to browse and shop.

We'll also have an artist in situ creating a live piece of art! All guests will be in the mix to win the finished piece.

It's an event for everyone, and you’ll have the chance to mingle with like-minded individuals who share their love for your dog breed.

So, grab your lead, and get ready to paw-ty at the Dog Cafe event hosted at Down Hall Hotel. Don't miss out on what promises to be the highlight doggy event of the year.

Don't want the fun to end? Stay and play for a while!

With our newly refurbished dog-friendly rooms, you can stay the night at Down Hall with your Goldie in tow. Plus, enjoy a discounted price when you book directly with us starting from only £200. 

(Please use code DH01 when booking Direct. Only available on the Sunday/Monday night in a Patio Room)

After or before your session, you're welcome to explore the hotel's stunning woodlands and gardens on a dog walk. With a 110-acre site, you can make it a short stroll or an epic adventure.