Wednesday, 19 September 2018

A purrfect day out - win tickets to the National Pet Show at NEC Birmingham

We are big animal lovers in our house. When hubs and I bought it, 12 years ago, we soon added a cat to make the house a home - Sherlock, a rescue kitten we named before finding out she was a girl. The next year, we added a dog as Sherlock needed a Watson, and brought home another kitten - (Mori)Arty. Our animal brood expanded again last summer when we got two rabbits, Hudson and Gryffin. They keep us busy, but they're all part of the family!

If you are a little pet crazy like we are, or you are thinking about getting a pet for your family and for your children to care for, then there's a show coming up that will be right up your street... or if you just love animals, you'll have a great day out too!

The National Pet Show exhibition is coming to Birmingham, NEC, on the 3-4th November, and not only is it set to be bigger and better than ever before - I have two sets of family tickets to giveaway!

Not only can you meet some of the hundreds of animals at the event, you can watch animal action displays, listen to talks from the experts, experience interactive demonstrations and shop for the festive season! This year Noel’s Ark returns, creating a fun filled area for kids to enjoy, storytelling and book signings. Whether you’re into dogs and cats, hamsters and rabbits, snakes and spiders or fish and ponies, the National Pet Show is the perfect day out for animal fanatics.

Full details on the show are below, as is entry to my competition, via Rafflecopter, where you could be one of two winners to pick up a set of family tickets (for four people) to use on a date of their choosing...
Full details on the show are below, as is entry to my competition, via Rafflecopter, where you could be one of two winners to pick up a set of family tickets (for four people) to use on a date of their choosing...





There’ll be fascinating talks from experts, interactive demonstrations and jaw-dropping animal displays.Each day Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, The Supervet, will inspire young visitors at his specially built ‘Noel’s Ark’, Autumnwatch TV presenter Michaela Strachan will host SuperDogs Live, a fantastic live show celebrating the nation's love of dogs and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Lucy Heath and little furry superstar Trip Hazard will enthral visitors with their dancing routines. 

In School 4 Dogs Lucy will also showcase her astounding training skills. With a focus this year on the rehoming of pets from rescue charities (last year 250,000 dogs and cats alone were taken in by them*) the show’s Animal Rescue Barn aims to ‘matchmake’ as many animals and new owners as possible during the weekend. 

There’s masses of action in the Activity Arena, including Temptation Alley, a real crowd-pleaser where dogs have to run the gauntlet of toys and treats. Then there are amazing dog agility performances and displays from adorable miniature horses.Visitors can meet Dogs with Jobs: remarkable canines who work for a living. They include police dogs who detect criminal evidence and sniff out explosives and drugs, and search and rescue dogs who locate people in dangerous situations or remote places. The line-up also includes service dogs, who assist people with disabilities, therapy dogs who work in hospitals, nursing homes, schools - and more.

Specially zoned ‘villages’ feature too: Dog Village showcases breeds from giants to miniature and smooth to shaggy and breeders are on hand to advise on their characteristics and how to look after them.Forget the catwalk, new at the show this year is a ‘dog runway’! Stunning canines of all shapes and sizes will be walked up and down by their owners while the show’s compere asks questions about the different breeds’ characteristics and care required. Special focus will be on creating awareness of ‘vulnerable’ breeds; those that are very rare and in danger of dying out.2There’s also the Hound Hangout, where visitors can meet and follow some of the UK’s most famous Insta-pooches, all with a massive two-legged fan base! 

Cat Village is a must for feline fans. Experts will show and share advice on a plethora of different breeds, from the common to the exotic. The International Cat Show, a championship show for the country’s finest pedigrees, returns by popular demand. Pet cats are not forgotten though, as members of the public can enter their own puss into the National Pet Show’s Top Cats competition (in advance, via the website). No matter if they’re blue-blooded pedigrees or much loved moggies – they all have the chance to be selected to come along to be crowned Top Cat.The English Country Cat Garden is a beautiful and tranquil space within the show. With restful trees, hedges, grass underfoot and seating it’s a calm environment for the different cat breeds (with their owners) to meet visitors who are eager to learn more.

In the Small Furries Village which stars rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, chinchillas and more, visitors can behold The Secret Rabbit Garden. It cleverly teaches visitors what rabbits enjoy naturally: mounds, multiple tunnels and entrances, hollow logs, peep holes and more: utter bunny paradise.The Animal Village is home to the City Farm (with such favourites as alpacas, donkeys, miniature horses and Shetland ponies) while the rest of the village celebrates some of the more unusual pets including mini beasts, bugs, parrots, budgies, ferrets and birds of prey. In fact there are two thrilling ‘villages within the village’ showcasing reptiles and acquatics respectively.The fun-packed Kids Village will be a magnet for children with an exciting new animal handling area where they can meet creatures great and small, learn all about their different needs and how to care for them. 

Then there are talks, story-telling, book signings, and much more besides.The National Pet Show is the ideal opportunity for some serious pre-Christmas shopping. Amazing gift ideas (for the pet who’s got everything), abound throughout the show. They include such luxuries as buttoned leather chesterfields, gourmet grub and doggy beer. Alternatively, for smaller, bespoke or exclusive stocking fillers the show’s Marketplace area promises to be an Aladdin’s cave of goodies for pets and pet lovers alike. Whether it’s for pampered pets – or purrfect presents for owners, there’s something for everyone.




More on the National Pet Show can be found at: www.thenationalpetshow.com 


Location and opening hours: 

Hall 4, The National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 2018 - 9:30am - 5:00pm

Tickets are available from: www.theticketfactory.com/default/online/default.asp? or call 0800 640 5001

Prices: Adults - £19.99, Family: 2 adults & 2 children - £16.99, Family: 2 adults & 3 children - £16.99, Family: 2 adults & 4 children - MUST buy multiple of 6 - £16.99, Child aged 6 to 16 - £14.99, Senior citizen 60+ - £ 17.49, Student - £17.49, Carers and personal assistants for visitors with mental or physical health conditions go free

Enter the competition now...




The competition is open until midnight on Friday 20th October 2018, and the two winners will each receive a set of family tickets to the show (for four people), on either date of their choosing. The winners will be picked at random and notified shortly thereafter.



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