Autumn is here and to celebrate the start of October, the luxury Sandy Balls Holiday Village in New Forest is a hosting a special autumn festival.

Their Sausage and Cider Festival is taking place on 1 October and will feature a Crufts-style dog show.  Guests, local residents and visitors to the New Forest are invited to attend the festival which kicks off at 12pm. 

There will be a wide selection of sausages including the Sandy Balls limited-edition banger made from boar, apple and cider, washed down with a choice of ciders, which include Stan’s Big Apple, Stan’s Cheddar Valley and Westons Old Rosie Scrumpy Cider. Local supplier of speciality sausages, Clayford Farm, who are based in Wimborne, will be selling sausages at Sandy Balls on the day too.

But the highlight of the day will be the mini Crufts-style dog show, which kicks off at 2pm. Dog owners are welcome to enter their dogs for the show, with registration starting from 1.30pm. There will be some fun tasks for dogs to perform, and prizes will be given out to the most successful hound.

So, if you’ve got a talented dog who can pull off a few moves and tricks, call Sandy Balls on 01442 508850 for more information on entering them for the show. There is also a limited number of dog-friendly units for festival-goers to stay in overnight (£297 for a three-night stay in a safari tent that sleeps six).


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