HERE are four ‘pawfect’ events to enjoy with your four-legged friend in Dorset over the festive season...

1.Yappy Christmas: Head to Fisherman’s Walk in Southbourne for a dog-friendly Christmas social between 10.30am to 3.30pm on Saturday, December 7. There will be teas, coffees, mince pies and a raffle.

2. Santa Paws: Treat your pooch by bringing them to see Santa Paws in his grotto at Upton Country Park on Wednesday, December 11. Tickets are £5.99 which includes a small gift for each pooch and a photograph. Owners and accompanying family members go free. Pre-booking essential. Book a 30 minute slot between 10am and 5pm at

3 Pup up cafe: The first ever Christmas-themed Pup Up Cafe: Dachshund Edition takes place on Saturday, December 21 from 10am to 4pm at Revolution, Bournemouth. There will be people and dogs in festive fancy dress, and a gift for every sausage dog attendee. There will be treat stations, photo opportunities and unlimited ‘puppuccinos’ for all doggies, competitions, trade stands, ball pits, tunnels and toys. For more information visit the

4. Festive walkies: Join the Swanage Beach Christmas Walkies from 11am to 12.30pm starting at Broad Road Car Park on Saturday, December 7 and also at Upton Country Park from 11am to 12.30pm on November 30. For more information, see