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BRING your dog to Wallington for a day of canine fun as the tourist venue hosts its own version of Crufts – Wallington Woofs.

Although there won’t be quite as much going on as in the national event, dog lovers can try their luck in the prettiest pooch category, pet and owner agility classes and even a competition to find the mutt that looks most like its master or mistress.

There will also be a guided hound hike around the National Trust estate.

The occasion is the brainchild of Wallington’s general manager, Sally Richards, who owns an eight-month-old Golden Doodle called Scooby.

“It can be quite hard to find places where owners and their dogs are both welcome,” she said.

“But the National Trust welcomes dogs who behave nicely, don’t terrorise other visitors and whose owners clean up after them. For owners, it matters that their dogs enjoy a day out or holiday as much as them.

“Wallington Woofs is not an elitist event. We don’t expect every dog to be perfectly behaved, never having put a paw wrong. It is a unique day out that any dog will go barking mad for.”

Northumberland Greyhound Rescue, the RSPCA and the mobile Dial A Dog Wash grooming service will also be present.

The event will take place on Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Normal admission charges will apply on the day and there will be a small cost for some activities.

For more information, telephone the estate office on 01670 773600, or email wallington@nationaltrust.org.uk