Tails will be wagging across Verulamium next weekend, as St Albans hosts its inaugural 'Dog Day'.

The event will mark International Dog Day on Saturday, August 26, and will include a range of activities for hounds to enjoy.

Free 'puppocinos' will be available, along with 'pup-arazzi' selfie boards for owners and pets to try.


A dog-themed market will be situated near St Albans clocktower, and workshops will take place throughout the day.

St Albans BID manager, Vivien Cannon, said:"With more dog owners in the UK than ever before, we want to showcase all that St Albans has to offer as a great destination for dogs.

"Beyond our amazing green spaces for walking and exercising, we have a huge variety of social and hospitality venues and retail businesses that fully welcome dogs so you can confidently enjoy time in our city together."

Herts Advertiser: Free biscuits will be available.Free biscuits will be available. (Image: Stephanie Belton)

With the event likely to attract pet-owners from across Hertfordshire and beyond, both Govia Thameslink Railway and London Northwestern Railway have had their say.

Passengers are advised that services may be affected by train strikes over the August bank holiday.

Firstly, Andy Leister - Govia Thameslink Railway's head of 'on board' - commented: "We're a nation of dog lovers, so it's no wonder people love to take their pet pooches with them on days out and trips away.

"Travelling by train is a great option for pet owners because dogs can sit in the carriage with you and you can have eyes on them at all times, ensuring they are safe and comfortable.


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"On GTR services, we allow up to two domestic pets but do ask that dogs are kept on leads at all times for their own safety."

Jonny Wiseman, London Northwestern Railway's customer experience director, added: "We know how much our passengers love their dogs and exploring the beautiful countryside along the Abbey Line.

"That's why all our Abbey Line services are dog-friendly with no extra charge to bring your pet with you when you're enjoying a day out by train.

"Of course, we welcome assistance dogs too - we've even helped local Guide Dogs organisers get their new recruits familiar with life on rails by running a special puppy-training service."

The event will run from 11am until 4pm, and further information can be found on the Enjoy St Albans website.