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Four-legged family members are not only welcome at Curious, the UK’s inspiring arts festival, but they are also invited to take centre stage on Sunday 22nd July for the first Curious Dog Show.

Hosted by Oscar pet food nutritionist, Clare Muir, the dog show will be judged by author Damian Dibben and compèred by comedian and Radio 4 regular Simon Evans. Damian’s first book for adults will be published this month. Tomorrow follows the quest of a 217-year-old dog travelling through the courts and battlefields of Europe in search of the man who granted him immortality.

Damian’s first book for adults, Tomorrow, will be published this month

Categories include:

  • Most like a literary character
  • Most beautiful paw print
  • Best recitation of a sonnet
  • Best directed act
  • Most rhythmic tail
  • Winner of the musical sit

The winners will get Oscars dog treats, Curious Rosettes, a bottle of Chapel Down English Sparkling wine and Curious Brew beers. Dogs can attend the festival for free if accompanied by a ticket holding adult and sign up for the dog show on arrival.

The festival is celebrating its fifth year this year and is jam-packed with music from chart-topping John Newman and Elle Watson, literature including author events from Matt Hair, and Kate Mosse, comedy from Al Murray, and children’s activities. From life drawing to midnight bat walks, poetry workshops to pop-up fine dining, and even a cricket match.

Where:            Pylewell Park, Lymington, Hampshire (New Forest), SO41 5SJ

When:             Friday 22nd July to Sunday 24th July

Tickets:          Full price weekend tickets are £128, with children over 5 and over at just £23. Children under 5 are free. Family tickets are £279.

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