Paws in the Park have properly planned our COVID response and will have all the correct measures in place to protect the safety of all our visitors, competitors and staff.
The Spring Show is held at The South of England Showground, Ardingly, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TL.
The Autumn show is held at the Kent Showground at Detling, near Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF
The South of England Showground is B2028 near Haywards Heath. Postcode: RH17 6TL
The Kent Showground is on the A249 at the top of Detling Hill between junction 7 of the M20 and junction 5 of the M2. Postcode: ME14 3JF
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For The South of England Showground (Spring Show) the nearest rail stations are East Grinstead and Haywards Heath.
The best train station for The Kent Showground (Autumn show) is Maidstone East.
We would advise taking a taxi from the station to the showgrounds. Streamline Taxis (01622 750000) operate from both Maidstone East and West and accept dogs but you MUST book in advance when bringing your dog. More details and travel directions are ready to download from our Information page.
All shows are open between 9.30am and 5pm.
Please do! Paws in the Park is ‘the special show for you and your dog’ and we want you to enjoy a great day out with your best friend. All dogs must have up to date vaccinations and be on a lead at all times. Don’t forget your poo bags and always remember to clean up after your dog!
Yes, camping is available for all shows, with free Friday and Saturday night entertainment at the Autumn show. See our weekend camping page for more details.
There are toilets and shower facilities. Unfortunately none of the showgrounds have disabled showers.
From 8am – 8pm Friday, or Saturday from 7am. Camping must be booked in advance.
Yes, there is food and a bar available on Friday and Saturday evenings.
We have lined up some great entertainment for you at our Autumn show, and entry is FREE to all campers. Day visitors can buy evening tickets on the day from the information marquee (numbers strictly limited).
For our Spring show, the South of England Showground has the following local B&B’s:
For our Autumn show at The Kent Showground, we would recommend:
Not all activities require you to register beforehand. However, we advise you to arrive early to ensure your dog gets a go! Most have-a-go activities at Paws in the Park are run by charities or non-profit organisations, that usually ask for a nominal donation to take part. Entries for the Companion Dog Show open at 10am, with classes starting at 11am. An entry fee will apply for each dog and each class entered.
Absolutely! There will be an extensive range of stands selling almost anything you could want for you and your dog. Bring your credit card too!
Yes, there is parking for the disabled. At the Spring and Autumn Shows there are concrete roads within the showgrounds to facilitate wheelchairs. Do be aware that some events are held on grass, and this can be quite uneven in places. There are disabled toilets available.
Yes, a carer with a paying disabled person enters the show free of charge.
You cannot apply for carers tickets in advance. Simply book your disabled ticket online and just turn up with your carer. Please bring proof in the form of a carer’s letter or a blue badge or similar to show that you are registered as disabled.
Car parking is completely free at all Paws in the Park shows. No booking required! Our car parks open from 8am, with the show opening at 9.30am. Not all our parking is on hard standing, so be prepared to park on grass and for uneven ground.
Overnight parking/camping is not allowed in our car parks – if you are camping for the weekend, we have a dedicated camping site and parking.
Every show has a dedicated disabled car park – please follow the signs and show your blue badge or equivalent to the person on the gate.
You need to be aged 60, for both men and women.
Children between 5 and 15 years old are eligible for a child ticket. Children under 5 go free. We offer NO student discount.
Due to current restrictions all tickets will be in ADVANCE only – BOOK ONLINE NOW
Due to current restrictions all tickets will be advance only.
Yes. Should your dog become unwell, please take it to the show vet immediately.
MDS Shows Ltd are the creators of Dash N Splash, one of the most popular ‘have a go’ competition at Paws in the Park. Dash ‘N’ Splash, which remains unique to MDS, is based on the long jump combined with canine water sports and is essentially a measured leap into water.
MDS Shows Ltd are organisers of top class canine events, including the UK’s biggest dog events, Paws in the Park Spring and Autumn shows. Paws in the Park is run by dog enthusiasts for dog lovers of all ages, who want to have fun with their BFF (best furry friend!). You can contact us at:
You can email MDS Shows Ltd at:
Please note that tickets are not transferable and are only valid for the day of purchase. No money will be refunded or tickets exchanged after purchase. This applies to both show tickets and weekend camping tickets.
Your dogs may be very well behaved, but we ask that all dogs are kept on shorter leads unless participating in an event or a have a go. All dogs must wear collars or harnesses at all times, just in case!
Paws in the Park is a relaxed, family event, and much of it is held outside on grassy areas. We suggest you wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for any kind of weather, from clear sunny skies to the occasional shower! If you and your dog are participating in dash N Splash, please bring clothing you don’t mind getting wet and a towel for your dog.
The St John’s Ambulance or similar organisation will have a basic first aid / treatment centre on site with trained staff on duty. Should you feel unwell during one of our shows, please ask a steward for help or make your way to the treatment centre. There is also an onsite vet for your dogs if required
Our hand-picked catering stands serve a variety of drinks, snacks, lunches, nibbles and ice cream. Just pick what suits you and your family best!
You’re welcome to bring your own packed picnic and rugs to sit on. There are a few picnic tables available at Detling. Please do not sit on the tables reserved for the catering stands customers to eat your own food. BBQs and fires are not permitted anywhere on the showground or car parks. Off the ground BBQs only allowed on the campsite – no open fires.
Your safety and security is very important to us. Please do not bring any illegal items into the show with you, and be aware that all bags may be searched on entry. If at any point you see or hear anything suspicious, please immediately contact a steward, member of staff or the organisation team at the onsite office.
We also take the safety and security of all dogs seriously too. Any persons mistreating their dog will be asked to leave the show immediately. If you witness any incidents, please report it to a steward or a member of staff immediately
No. Privately-owned drones are not permitted on or over the showground at any time under any circumstances. Professional filmmakers and those acting on behalf of any of our sponsors may apply for permission to fly within strict guidelines so as not to endanger visitors or upset the dogs. Permission will only be granted where the operator of the drone operates within the guidelines of the Air Navigation Order or the Civil Aviation Authority.