DINAS – an insight into our 25th GREAT SHOW …………
It’s hard to believe that almost 25 years ago many of you descended upon Malvern, Worcestershire, to attend the first ever DINAS show. After three years at Three Counties Showground with ever increasing entries, you finally forced the committee to find a larger and superb venue that would become the ‘home’ of DINAS for the next 22 years.
The eventual and brilliant choice was TRINITY PARK, IPSWICH, a vastly different venue to Malvern but what a find! A fabulous showground, usually promising beautiful weather, how we miss those rolling Malvern Hills beckoning the rain clouds to sodden the ground and us as well! Trinity Park sits on a substantial depth of sand allowing the odd deluge of rain to drain virtually immediately, allowing nothing to stop our competitions!
The Suffolk County Showground (Trinity Park) sits on the A1156 less than a mile away from the A14, within walking distance of Sainsbury’s Supermarket, John Lewis and surrounded by the newly opened Miller & Carter Steakhouse, formerly the Shepherd & Dog, also close by is Gary’s Fish Bar, an award winning Fish & Chip shop (we usually get a discount voucher from Gary in our Welcome Pack). There are great choices for International food restaurants within minutes of this great venue.
If you haven’t ventured into the city of Ipswich, then you have missed a treat. The city sits on the edge of the River Orwell with its’ Marina virtually in the city centre. As well as being a great yachting centre it is a working port also, however, when passing over the Orwell Bridge on the A14 the world famous Ports of Harwich and Felixstowe can be seen on the skyline. Harwich of course gives the opportunity to welcome many of our friends from various continental countries arriving by ferry to find themselves only 12 miles or so from the showground.
A trip to the seaside is only minutes away which can be visited on Thursday, your free afternoon.
Enough about our great venue, let’s talk more about our 2016 Kennel Club approved Championship Show………….
TUESDAY August 16th - Kennel Club Championship Large Dogs
WEDNESDAY August 17th – Small, Medium & Large Dog Classic Agility
THURSDAY August 18th – Junior, Small & Medium Dogs Classic Invitation Finals
FRIDAY August 19th – Kennel Club Championship Small & Medium Dogs
SATURDAY August 20th – Qualifier for YKC Agility Dog of the Year 2016
SUNDAY August 21st – ABC & Large Classic Invitation Finals.
Each evening and during the days there is entertainment from Live Bands, Disco, BIG MONEY BINGO, BIG MONEY QUIZ. Films for the kids, Sticky Fingers Art Activities for the very young children and 5 a side Football, Rounders & Table Tennis. Phew, I’m exhausted just writing about it all! Just a quick reminder that Thursday night is our ‘Tribute’ night, so with ‘Complete Madness’ make sure you secure your booking as soon as possible when you get to the showground, entry ONLY permitted to ticket holders.
We have over 30 trade stands many of which also sponsor classes throughout the week. Many clubs and individuals sponsor classes to add to your enjoyment and allow us to give exceptional prizes.
During the week we have DINAS premium clothing for sale, so make sure you get in the queue on Monday evening to see what Ann has chosen to adorn our wardrobe for the coming season.
We have the local Newbourne Farm shop throughout the week offering Suffolk Cream Teas, home grown salad, vegetables, fruit and cakes. Newspapers can be ordered for you to collect each morning, check it out!
Smiffy’s, Crazy Crepes, Roberto’s Ices, Richard Weller-Poley Photography, Birchwood Caravan Services (01473 805810 / 07956 263905) for on site caravan servicing and repairs; Doggy Jumps, Doggy Needs, Aquamat, East Suffolk Country Markets (Tuesday & Saturday), K9 Time, RVA, Naturally Dogs, Pet-Ography, Regatta, K9 Pet Club, Sandra’s Charity Tut Stall, TuffStuff, Riaflex, PawsTrading, Agility K9’s, Ain’t Misbehavin Agility Clothing, Tamzin Grimes Sports Massage, Jewlnick Leather, Vale Studio, Skippers Pet Products, plus Anglia Caravans Camping Accessories and spares. There is so much to choose from so PLEASE, bring your plastic along, and spend, spend, spend………..!
Just one plea from the committee, it takes months of planning to stage this event, we can do all of that in advance to you arriving at the show. WE NEED YOUR HELP DURING THE SHOW, please sign up on the ‘Helpers Form’ when you submit your entries. Remember, many hands make light work; after all, it is the holiday show for everyone, including the committee. PLEASE COME FORWARD TO LEND A HAND.
Gerry (our Show Manager) would never forgive me if I didn’t finally mention the Friday Fancy Dress Agility Class, the theme will be revealed in our schedule which will be available any day now!
Let’s not stop here, but please put the 2017 DINAS dates into your diary now, they are August 14th – 20th.
On behalf of the committee, we thank you for your support and look forward to welcoming you once again to a great event, DINAS 2016 at Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 8UH.
See you there
Club, Sponsorship and Trade Stand Secretary.