Are you the proud owner of a Clumber Spaniel, a fan of the breed, or would like to know more about them? On Sunday 4 December, Clumber Spaniels and their owners will meet in Clumber Park, near Worksop, Nottinghamshire, to hold the second Festive Walk and Fancy Dress competition. Above you can see Hamilton, clad in the turkey outfit that won him the 2015 competition.
The choice of location is of course no coincidence: this breed, loved by several members of the British royalty, was developed in Clumber Park by the Duke of Newcastle and his gamekeeper in the 1700s, and subsequently bred for over 75 years by the Foljambe family at Osberton. The largest of all spaniel breeds, the Clumber Spaniel is affectionate and has a gentle temperament, which makes him a good family dog; sadly this hasn't stopped the breed from declining, and it is now among the Kennel Club's list of vulnerable native breeds - with only 214 new puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.
All Clumber Spaniel owners are welcome to participate with their dogs. The group will meet in the courtyard near the NT Cafe. The competition for the best-dressed festive Clumber will start at 10.30am, with all humans present casting their vote - but it might be best to refrain from voting for your own dog! This will be followed by a walk through the Park, returning to the cafe around 1pm.
Further information is available on the Walking with Clumbers UK Facebook page.
Image by Walking with Clumbers UK.