Poll: Dog ban lifted at Suffolk Show after three years and kids go free in 2014

Suffolk Show director Bill Baker with labradors Lottie (left) and Molly

Suffolk Show director Bill Baker with labradors Lottie (left) and Molly - Credit: Archant

Man’s best friend has been welcomed back to the Suffolk Show after a two-year ban on dogs was lifted for next year’s event.

The decision to ban the popular pets from 2011’s show was greeted with outcry from many dog owners, and honorary show director Bill Baker says letting dogs back in could boost the show for everyone.

He said: “When we made the decision not to allow dogs three years ago it was for genuine reasons. But we always said we would review the situation, which we have.

“Dog owners have expressed their disappointment at being unable to attend because dogs are not welcome. Now they need not stay away.

“The decision to welcome dogs back to the show will involve improving facilities for them, for example more watering points, pooper bins and perhaps even looking at further areas of shade. In this way, hopefully it will be more comfortable for everyone.”

There was more good news for families with the announcement that children aged 14 and under will be able to enter the show at Trinity Park next May free of charge.

Mr Baker added: “The family is our biggest audience and we need to make the show not only the best quality day out for them, but also make it financially possible.

“Times are tough for everyone. By allowing children to enter free, and incorporating even more participatory events for families to enjoy together, their day will be a fun, value for money experience.”

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There is also a new price point for 15 to 18-year-olds, with tickets available for £5 in advance and £10 on the gate.

Mr Baker added that these were the first in a series of announcements concerning next year’s show, with one outlining new interactive ‘discovery’ areas to be announced early next year.