Goodwoof, presented by MARS Petcare, is set to welcome back Clare Balding CBE, the renowned author, journalist, and presenter, for a vibrant weekend celebrating all things dog-related.

Scheduled for Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May, Goodwoof promises an array of activities as The Kennels opens its doors to visitors and their beloved canine companions. Clare Balding will grace the event’s Literary Corner, sharing excerpts from her newest book, ‘Isle of Dogs: A canine adventure through Britain’.

This engaging narrative explores the multifaceted roles dogs play in our lives, as well as their integral presence in British culture. Clare’s book also encapsulates her fond experiences from the previous year’s Goodwoof, capturing the vibrant essence of the festival, from mesmerising dog performances to the thrill of CaniCross competitions.

Literary Corner’s Esteemed Guests

Joining Clare at the Literary Corner will also be British author Tracey Corderoy, previously part of Goodwoof in 2023, as well as illustrator Steven Lenton, presenting their latest children’s book, ‘Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Train Trouble’. The Literary Corner, renowned for hosting an array of acclaimed personalities, has been a serene haven for visitors of all ages, offering an opportunity to immerse themselves in engaging tales inspired by our four-legged friends.

Expressing her excitement, Clare Balding shared, “Goodwoof is the best dog festival in the land, offering a plethora of activities and invaluable advice. The picturesque setting and warm ambiance make it an ideal spot for both dogs and people.”

Duke of Richmond’s Welcome

The Duke of Richmond expressed his delight at Clare’s return, acknowledging her inclusion of a dedicated chapter to the event in her latest book. “We are honoured by Clare’s portrayal of Goodwoof in ‘Isle of Dogs: A canine adventure through Britain’. Her presence and readings at the Literary Corner will undoubtedly enrich the festival,” he remarked.

Tickets for Goodwoof are now available for purchase at There is also an exclusive early bird offer saving customers £5. Additionally, the new Christmas bundle priced from £90 includes two adult tickets as well as a Goodwoof walking kit, presenting an ideal festive gift for dog enthusiasts.

As preparations gear up for Goodwoof 2023, the anticipation builds for Clare Balding’s return and the array of literary treats awaiting visitors at the festival’s Literary Corner. Stay tuned for updates on additional guest appearances, promising an experience that is enriching as well as entertaining for dog lovers and literary enthusiasts alike.


Image credit: Stephanie O’Callaghan.