The Mowgli Dog Fest will take place over two days this September, bringing you canine competitions, local food, drink and craft stalls, alongside live music, funfair attractions and children’s activities.
The Main Arena will be hosted by Jonny Bongo of Bongo’s Bingo along with Heart Radio’s Adam Weighell.
The event at Claremont Farm in Clatterbridge is organised by Nisha Katona, founder of Mowgli Street Food restaurants and it is under the banner of the Mowgli Trust that the event is taking place to raise funds for Claire House Children’s Hospice.
Tickets for the event are available here
birkenhead.news spoke to Nisha while she was helping out at Claire House on Tuesday this week. She said, “Today, I’ve come to meet the staff and the children and we are making dog treats. We’re decorating them with the children.”
“When I come here and meet the kids and the carers, you realise why you’re doing this, you know why you’re holding a dog show where every penny of the profits go to the people that need it the most.”
As well as helping the kids to decorate the dog biscuits, Nisha also brought along one of her dogs ‘Goose’ to say ‘hello.’ Goose was tempted by the doggy treats, but Nisha kept her occupied by introducing her to the kids.
Speaking about the festival, Nisha said, “It’s an annual event and we hold it at Claremont Farm because that’s kind of at the heart of Wirral. And every penny that we raise goes to Claire House to support the families here.”
Dan Halliday is Fundraising Partnerships Manager at Claire House. He told us, “The whole partnership that we have with the Mowgli Trust has raised £225,000, which for a charity our size is staggering!
“We rely upon our local community to be able to keep the doors to the hospice open.
“Being involved with the Mowgli Trust running the dog show is just fantastic and to walk around on the day and to see the families being together being part of the show, all helping to raise money for Claire House is just massive for us.”
If you’re not particularly interested in the dog show side of things, there’s plenty more for the family to do. Nisha explained there will be “food, music, farm life and a Ferris wheel, and dodgems. Just think of it as a food festival! There’s live music and the atmosphere is just fantastic!”
Revealing her inner Bob Geldof, Nisha appealed to people thinking of attending by saying, “The sooner people buy tickets, the better! Even if you’re not sure whether you can come or not, honestly – just buy your tickets – you’ll still be supporting Claire House and the people here who are doing this extraordinary job for the lives of people in Wirral.”
Dan concluded by saying, “Those who have been before know that every year it gets bigger and better. We’ve added even more to it this year – just come down!”
The Mowgli Dog Fest is on Saturday 10 September, 10am – 7pm (Doors 9am) and Sunday 11 September, 10am – 4.30pm (Doors 9am) at Claremont Farm, Old Clatterbridge Road, Bebington, CH63 4JB
Entry is with online ticket only. No pay on gate on the day. Buy online
Main image: Mowgli Dog Fest organiser Nisha Katona with one of her dogs, ‘Goose’
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