Next Keswick Scruffs is on Sunday 23rd June 2024


Introduction to Keswick Scruffs

Keswick Scruffs 2024 will be held Sunday 23rd JUNE 2024 in Fitz Park, Keswick. Registration tent 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 5 times! The show is brought to you by Keswick Town Council and Podgy Paws Pet Shop. To find out all the latest news join us on Facebook and Instagram.

Entry into the show field is free. We pre sell half the class places from Sunday 2nd June at Podgy Paws, sorry we cannot take online or telephone entries. The remaining places are sold on the day on a first come, first served basis. CASH ONLY please as we don’t have a card machine at the show field.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a County Cricket match being played on the cricket pitch adjacent to the show field.


Podgy Paws


Below is the estimated timetable. Entry is £3 per class (CASH ONLY, we don’t have a card machine). Half the class entries are pre-sold from Sunday 2nd 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. There are two rings - Ring A and Ring B.
10.00 to 11.00
  • Enjoy the atmosphere and shopping around the ring! There are lots of Trade Stalls at the show!
11am to 12.15pm
  • 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
  • Dogtathlon / Obstacle course (Shortest time wins, one run per entry fee. Entry on the day)
1pm to 2.45pm
  • Class 6 - Cutest Bitch - Pedigree
  • Class 7 - Best Trick
  • Class 8 - Waggiest Tail
  • Class 9 - Best Fancy Dress
  • Class 10 - Smiliest Dog
  • Dachshund Race (Entry on the day)
2.45pm to 3.45pm
  • 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 chosen from all the category winners (all category winners from the classes inc Dogtathlon & Dachshund race). The Best in Show will win the ‘Harry Winter Memorial Trophy’. The Best in Show is sponsored by Podgy Paws Pet Shop of Keswick and consists of a bundle Dog Accessories for the Best in Show winner, full details to be announced.


Show closes for another year. Thank you everyone for supporting Keswick Scruffs and we hope you have fun. Please feel free to post your pictures on Keswick Scruffs facebook and Instagram pages.

We will also post all the winner photographs on our facebook page. We are very grateful to our photographer, Chris Seamen ( and his wife Kim who kindly donate their time for free.


Below are the class sponsors and prizes for 2024. We are extremely grateful to all the local businesses who support us each year. There will be 4 rosettes awarded per class. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. There is also the much coveted ‘Wooden Bone’ award for the dog that ‘didn’t win but at least I was noticed!’

Event Categories

1 Best Veteran Keswick Cottages £50 Cottage Voucher
2 Best Female Puppy Keswick Groomers Puppy Groom Voucher
3 Best Male Puppy Jaspers Cafe £50 voucher
4 Best Dog & Child Frairs Chocolate Shop Hamper of Sweets
5 Most Handsome Dog - Pedigree The Chalet at Portinscale £50 voucher
6 Cutest Bitch - Pedigree Fell & Tarn Hampers Hamper for Human and Dog
7 Best Trick Inn on the Square £60 voucher for Brossen
8 Waggiest Tail Cafe West £50 voucher
9 Best Fancy Dress Cafe Hope VIP Afternoon Tea for 4
10 Smiliest Dog No Monkey Business £50 voucher
11 Best Biscuit Catcher Castlerigg Hall 2 night family stay in a pod
12 Most Appealing Eyebrows Sun Inn Bassenthwaite Voucher meal for 2
13 Most Handsome Dog - Cross Breed Skye Farm Tearoom £50 voucher
14 Cutest Bitch - Cross Breed Keswick Boot Co £50 voucher
Dogtathlon Podgy Paws Box of Natural Treats
Dachshund Race Archipelago Choice Holidays Chocolates
Overall Scruffs Best in Show Podgy Paws A selection of quality dog accessories


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 Sunday 2nd June 2024.

    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. CASH ONLY please as we don’t have a card machine at the show field.


    • Rosettes awarded 1st to 4th place for every class.
    • Class winner wins the sponsors prize for that class. No cash alternative.
    • Overall scruffs winner, selected from the class winners (including the dogthalon & Dachsund race winners), will win the Harry Winter Memorial Trophy, a selection of Quality Dog Accessories and the ‘Best in Show’ rosette … plus the prestige of being Keswick Scruffs overall winner!!
    • Runner up will receive ‘Reserve Best in Show’ rosette and a selection of healthy treats.
    • 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 eighth Fun Dog Show for Keswick and it is 10 years since our very first Keswick Scruffs! 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 a reality: Chris Seamen Photography, Keswick Print, 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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