Next Keswick Scruffs is on Sunday 28th June 2020


Introduction to Keswick Scruffs

Keswick Scruffs 2018 was a huge success, a fabulous day was had by all. The overall Best in Show was Gyp, a Collie owned by Julie Haigh. The next Scruffs is SUNDAY 30th June 2019. Put it in your diaries NOW!

Fitz Park, Keswick on Sunday 30th June 2019. Opens at 10.00am and entry into the show field is FREE!

Keswick Scruffs Fun Dog Show is to celebrate that Keswick has won the Kennel Club’s most dog friendly town in the UK 4 times! The show is part of the Keswick Festival which runs from Friday 28th June to Sunday 30th June 2019. To find out all the latest news join us on Facebook.

Entry into the show field is free. Programmes are available the week before or at any of the festival events. Please support next years’ Scruffs and Festival by making a donation.


Podgy Paws
Burns Pet Food


Below is the timetable for 2019. Entry is £3 per class. Half the class entries are pre-sold from 1st June at Podgy Paws, the remaining places are sold on the day on a first come, first served basis at the Registration Tent which opens at 10am.

What's on

  • Show Opens! On-the-day entries will be taken all day on a strictly first come, first served basis. If you have pre registered at Podgy Paws pet shop before the event you need to collect your entry stickers from the Registration tent on the day. Please ensure you are at the correct ring and ready for your class 10 minutes before hand.
10.30 to 11.30
  • Sumo Wrestling courtesy of Keswick Rugby Club players.
11:30pm to 1.15pm
  • Class 1 Best Veteran Dog (over 10 years old)
  • Class 2 Best Female Puppy (bet 3 and 12 months old)
  • Class 3 Best Male Puppy (bet 3 and 12 months old)
  • Class 4 Best Dog and Child
  • Class 5 Most Handsome Dog - Pedigree
  • Class 6 Cutest Bitch - Pedigree
  • Class 7 Best Trick
1.15pm to 2.15pm
  • Dogtathlon / Obstacle course (Shortest time wins, one run per entry fee. Entry on the day)
  • Small Terrier Racing (Entry on the day)
2.15pm to 4pm
  • Class 8 Waggiest Tail
  • Class 9 Best Fancy Dress
  • Class 10 Smiliest Dog
  • Class 11 Best Biscuit Catcher
  • Class 12 Most Appealing Eyebrows
  • Class 13 Most Handsome Dog - Crossbreed
  • Class 14 Cutest Bitch - Crossbreed
  • Keswick Scruffs Best in Show 2019 chosen from all the category winners (all categories winners from the classes - excluding the terrier races and Dogtathalon). The Best in Show will win the ‘Harry Winter Memorial Trophy’ presented by the 11 o.clock club. The Best in Show is sponsored by Podgy Paws Pet Shop of Keswick in association with Burns Pet Food and consists of a years supply of Dog Food for the Best in Show winner.

Show closes for another year. Please leave any feedback on our facebook page. Thank you everyone for supporting Keswick Scruffs and we hope you have fun.


Below are the classes for 2019. We have two sponsors from local businesses per class. There will be 6 rosettes awarded per class. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and three highly commended. There is also the much coveted ‘Wooden Bone’ award. The red rosette and wooden bone winners will win the sponsors prizes with the red rosette winner having first choice. The 2nd place blue rosette winner will win a 2kg bag of Burns Dog Food.

Event Categories

1 Best Veteran Distinctive Pencil Drawings
SaNook Ethical Gifts
Framed drawing worth £500
Denim jean bag & cotton scarf
2 Best Female Puppy Hair of the Dog Grooming
Jaspers Cafe
£30 Dog Grooming Voucher
£50 voucher
3 Best Male Puppy Keswick Groomers
Keswick Kennels
50% discount voucher
Large doggy hamper & £30 voucher
4 Best Dog & Child Ye Olde Friars
Keswick Adventures
Confectionery Hamper
Family canoeing session for 4
5 Most Handsome Dog - Pedigree Fishers
Dog Hair Day
Ruffwear harness, lead & bowl
Dog Shampoo hamper worth £50
6 Cutest Bitch - Pedigree The Chalet Tearooms
Necessary Angel
£50 voucher
Sterling silver bone ear studs
7 Best Trick Stacey-Jaynes Photography

Lakeside Cafe & Restaurant
Photoshoot for pet inc print & 10 digital images
Lunch or dinner for 2 with drinks
8 Waggiest Tail Cafe West
Keswick Reminder
£50 voucher
£50 voucher
9 Best Fancy Dress Hope Park Games & Cafe
Keswick Post Office
£40 voucher
£30 gift card
10 Smiliest Dog Dog & Gun

Keswick Boot Company
£30 gift card, wine & Champagne
£50 voucher
11 Best Biscuit Catcher Lakeland Dog Walker

Lakeland Mountain Guides
£25 voucher & doggy bundle worth £50
Private guided hillwalking for 10 worth £250
12 Most Appealing Eyebrows Castlerigg Hall
Keswick Tourism Association
2 night stay in camping pod
£30 Lake District Pounds & goody bag
13 Most Handsome Dog - Cross Breed Lake District Hotels

Laura in the Lakes
Afternoon tea for 2 at Borrowdale Hotel
Full english breakfast & drinks for 2
14 Cutest Bitch - Cross Breed Square Orange
Lake District Florist & Cakery
2 Pizzas and 2 Pints
£50 voucher
Overall Scruffs Best in Show Podgy Paws Pet Shop in association with Burns Pet Food. Trophy donated by the 11 o.clock club in memory of Harry Winter. A Years supply of Burns Pet Food
Dogtathlon Keswick Hotel Dinner for 4
Small Terrier Racing Podgy Paws Doggy Hamper


Reasonable precautions have been made by the organisers to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved with this event. Please remember that you are responsible at all times for the behaviour and the safety of your children and your dogs. You should also follow any instructions given during the event by the organisers and their delegated officials.

    PRE-REGISTRATION - Open on 1st June 2019

    Approximately half of the places can be entered before the day at Podgy Paws Pet Shop, Keswick. Pre entry can only be done by going into the shop, unfortunately no entries can be taken over the phone or online. Cost of entry is £3 per class and this is non-refundable. Your stickers, which are proof of entry into the class on the day, will be ready for you to collect at the registration tent on the morning of Keswick Scruffs.


    A number of entries will be held back for those who wish to enter on the day. It is strictly on a first come first served basis. Registration opens at 10.00am. Cost of entry is £3 per class which is non-refundable.


    • Rosettes awarded 1st to 6th place for every class.
    • Class winner wins their choice of sponsors prize for that class. No cash alternative.
    • Class winner of the ‘Wooden Bone’ award wins the second sponsors prize for that class. No cash alternative.
    • Runner up in each class will win a bag of BURNS dog food.
    • Overall scruffs winner, selected from the class winners, will win the Harry Winter Memorial Trophy, a years supply of dog food and the ‘Best in Show’ rosette … plus the prestige of being Keswick Scruffs overall winner!!
    • Runner up will receive ‘Reserve Best in Show’ rosette.
    • Judges decision is final.


    All dogs to be kept on a lead and under control at all times. Any dog deemed to be out of control or of risk to others will be asked to leave the show ground.

    Please be respectful of the show venue and always clear up after your dog.

    Where classes are age-specific (e.g. Puppy, Veteran etc), the specified ranges must be adhered to.

    Please do not bring bitches in season to the show.

    Children must be kept under control and supervised by an adult at all times. Please ensure children don’t approach dogs without permission.

    Before attempting to stroke any dog, always ask the owner’s permission, and respect their response. If the owner says it’s OK, approach the dog slowly and gently - avoid sudden, unexpected movements, and never run or ride bicycles/scooters/skateboards etc, or shout or scream in the vicinity of dogs.

    Please make sure that no dog is brought to any show which has contracted or has been knowingly exposed to any infectious or contagious disease during the 21 days prior to the show, or is suffering from a condition which adversely affects its health or welfare.


    Your dog is vulnerable and AT RISK if left in a vehicle in high temperatures and even on days considered as slightly warm. Please take care of your dog.

    When at the show, never leave your dog in the vehicle.


    The show has been organised by a group of volunteers. This will be our sixth Fun Dog Show for Keswick. We hope all people and dogs have fun! We will welcome constructive feed back after the show and thank everyone for supporting Keswick Scruffs!

    Keswick Town Council, Podgy Paws and the organisers of Scruffs, would like to thank the following for their contribution in making Scruffs 2018 a reality: Ezydog, McKanes printers, Keswick Signs, Keswick Cricket Club and all the class sponsors.


If you require more information or wish to ask any questions,
please contact us via Facebook or telephone Keswick Town Council on 017687 73607



By Bus

The main bus stop/station area in Keswick is next to Booths supermarket. From there walk towards Podgy Paws, right at the mini roundabout, then cross the road and go up Stanger Street to the end. Turn right and go over the metal foot bridge over the river into Fitz Park.

By Car

The following are some of the car parks which are handy for Fitz Park - Football Club in the Hospital Field (Crosthwaite Road, near the hospital), Pencil Museum (Southey Industrial Estate CA12 5NG), Rawnsley Centre (Main Street, CA12 5NP), Keswick Rugby Club. If parking at Pencil Museum, Rawnsley Centre or Rugby Club, walk towards town centre, turn first left onto Stanger Street, walk up to the top and turn right then cross the foot bridge over the river and into Fitz Park.

By Paw

Fitz Park is in the centre of Keswick, near the Leisure Pool and the Keswick Country House Hotel. Parking on the road side next to the park is a disk area and restricted to 1 hour. Fitz Park is next to a river and there is an access point to the water where dogs can cool down if necessary.

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