20 Dog Friendly Christmas Events in North East England

This post shares some of the places you can enjoy a festive day out with your dog. I hope you find it helpful. Please note, dogs will need to be kept on a lead for all of these events and some events are likely to be busy which you should take into account. 

20 Dog Friendly Christmas Events in North East England

Cullercoats Community Advent Trail 

The Cullercoats Community Advent Trail runs from 1 - 24 December and will be a lovely option for a nice wholesome walk with the family, including your four-legged friend. A new window is revealed each day so you could visit more than once. Find out more here. 

There are lots of dog friendly pubs nearby to warm up afterwards including The Queen's Head in Cullercoats. 

Christmas Daytimes at Beamish 

Dogs are welcome in the museum grounds, transport, 1820s waggonway and shed, 1900s Colliery Yard, Rowley Station and The Sun Inn Pub.

No booking is required and there is lots of Christmas fun to be had including a walk through Elf Wood and a chance to admire the festive window displays in the 1900s Town plus there will be lots of festive music performances across the month. Find out more here. 

Winter Wanderers Spotters' Trail at Seaton Delaval Hall 

Take a Winter Walk amongst the gardens with this special Winter Trail. Follow the stars to find your festive nature favourites. Included with NT membership/ admission and no booking required. Find out more & check dates / times here. 

If you're looking for a nice dog-friendly pub nearby, I highly recommend the Delaval Arms or you could try the Keel Row or the Secret Garden Seaton Delaval too. 

Christmas Present Hunt at Cragside 

Some of Santa's gifts have fallen from his sleigh. Can you help find them? There are six to find in the Formal Gardens and dogs can help too. Included with NT membership/admission and no booking required. Find out more and check times / dates here. 

If you're looking for a nice dog-friendly pub nearby, I highly recommend the Turks Head in Rothbury.

Ollie Owl's Winter Trail at Wallington 

Ollie Owl is off on an adventure in the East Woods. Follow the trail boards and discover what 10 different animals get up to in winter time. Included with NT membership / admission and no booking required. Find out more & check dates / times here. 

Dogs are now welcome inside the tea room at Wallington. 

Frost Fest Live Weekend at Land of Oak and Iron 

Land of Oak and Iron is super dog-friendly, they even have homemade dog treats for sale in their cafe. Frost Fest Weekend takes place across 3 & 4 December and includes a weekend of fun including live music and a mischevious elf trail. No booking required. Find out more here. 

Saltburn Ice Sculpture Trail

Taking place on 17 December in Saltburn, this FREE ice sculpture trail is a lovely alternative dog walk. We did this with Ollie last year (when the event was in Redcar) and had a lovely time. No booking required. Find out more here. 

Dog friendly dining /cafes include The Sitting Room and Ship Inn. 

Find the Raby Reindeer at High Force 

During your walk down to High Force Waterfall, you can collect Christmas Clues and see if you can find Rudolph and his friends along the way. Afterwards, warms up with hot chocolates by the fire at the High Force Hotel (dogs welcome in the bar). No booking required. Find out more and check dates here.  

12 Days Of Christmas Trail at Raby Castle Deer Park

Dogs are welcome to join in with the 12 Days of Christmas Trail which runs across Raby Castle Deer Park this festive season. Follow the clues of the famous festive song and enjoy the natural winter wonderland. Find out more & check dates here. 
Christmas Late Night Shopping Events at Royal Quays

Dogs are very welcome to join you at Royal Quays and are allowed in a lot of the stores and cafes there too (see this post for more info). Late night shopping week runs from 19 - 23 December and there is a whole host of free events taking place at the centre including Meet the Gruffalo (I am definitely tempted to take Fozzy to this) and a Christmas Light Show. Find out more here.

Coal & Ice at Woodhorn 

This stunning ice trail takes place across 5 & 6 January. Themed around climate change, the animal themed sculptures are a magical way to explore the museum. Dogs are welcome but this event is expected to be busy. Find out more & book here. 

Dogs are welcome in the covered outdoor areas of the cafe at Woodhorn and in the bar at the nearby Widdrington Inn Pub. 

Lazy Bear Festive Tipi 

The Lazy Bear Festive Tipi outside Newcastle Central Station welcomes dogs. Pop in for epic hot chocolates, mulled wine, pies and desserts by the fire pits. Find out more here

Doggy Festive Afternoon Tea at South Causey Inn 

You can book dog-friendly afternoon tea in the farmhouse at South Causey Inn this festive season. The humans will receive festive afternoon tea and dogs will receive doggy ice cream. Santa will make an appearance with gifts for all and a photo opportunity with your pooch and there will be prizes for the best festive outfits. Children's options are available too. Find out more and book here. 

Santa Paws Grotto for Dogs at Dobbies

I love this idea! Take your furry friend to visit Santa at Dobbies Garden Centres. Each pooch will receive a gift from Santa too. You can add children's tickets onto your booking (they will receive a gift from Santa too) but if you're a family with teens/children who don't wish to see Santa, this event is probably one to miss as only 2 people can attend with your dog. - find out more & book here 

Festive Snowflake Trail at Northumberlandia

This self-led trail (download to your phone) takes place at Northumberlandia on 10 & 11 / 17 & 18 December. Hunt for the hidden snowflakes and answer the wildlife questions along the way. Completed trails will receive a small (human) chocolate treat. Find out more here 

Christmas Festival Weekend & Elf Trail at Hamsterley Forest

The Christmas Festival Weekend takes place at Hamsterley Forest on 10 & 11 December. No booking required and lots going on including a vintage singer, mulled wine and mince pies in the courtyard a tree elf trail and more. Find out more here 

Cockapoo Christmas Cafe at Revolution de Cuba 

Taking place on Sunday 11 December, you can expect a chance to meet Santa Paws, Gingerbread Puppucinos, a Popcorn Bar for dogs, festive photo ops including a sleigh, an 80 minute off lead indoor experience, doggy boutique, christmas jumper competitions and more. Find out more and book here. 

Santa Paws Package at CafeK9 

You can also take your dog to meet Santa at CafeK9. Several packages are available including doggie presents and photographs. Find out more here

Mince Pie Specials at Aln Valley Railway 

Dogs are welcome to join their humans on the Mince Pie Specials at Aln Valley Railway. They just need to be kept on a lead and off the seats. Find out more here. 

Mission Impawsable at Tyne Bank Brewery

This one isn't described as a festive event but it's in December so it's going on the list. These monthly dog socials take place at Tyne Bank Brewery. Expect doggy treats, lots of water bowls and dog toys as well as a chance to make dog friends. Find out more here 

Christmas Pudding Trail at Hardwick Park

Hardwick Park is a lovely place to enjoy a circular walk with dogs. From 3 December to 3 January, you can take part in a special Christmas Pudding Trail. Your task is to find all of the pudding ingredients across the park. Find out more here 

Worth Noting: 

The Dog Christmas Party at Watergate Party sounds fantastic. It has sold out but keep on eye on their page as they organise lots of dog friendly events - find out more here 

Dogs are welcome in the grounds, Tack Room Cafe and Stable at Bamburgh Castle however they aren't allowed inside the State Rooms. The Castle is hosting a '12 Days Of Christmas' event which looks out of this world. If there are a few of you visiting, some of you could wait in the Tack Room / grounds with the dog while they others visit the Castle. We're planning on doing this. 

Tanfield Railway & Aln Valley Railway are hosting Mince Pie Specials between Christmas and New Year. I assume these will be dog-friendly but I am waiting for them to get back to me to confirm. I'll update this post when they do. EDIT TO ADD - Dogs are welcome to join you on the Mince Pie Specials at Aln Valley Railway 

Many Christmas Markets / Light Switch Ons / Parades will be dog friendly but are also likely to be extremely busy which is why I haven't included them in this specific post. 


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