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April is National Pet Month. To celebrate, Velvet visits some of our area’s best dog-friendly destinations

Turing Locke & Hyatt Centric Cambridge

Why should humans have all the fun? Both Eddington’s new aparthotel Turing Locke and four star hotel Hyatt Centric Cambridge are 100% doggy friendly, meaning your four-legger can join you for everything from a day’s work to dinner, drinks and overnight stays.

“We know that pets are what really make a home, a home,” say the team. “We welcome your pooch in each of our spacious apartments and bedrooms, providing dog bowls, some lovely treats, a blanket. You're also welcome to relax with your furry one in our Kota restaurant, coffee shop, Dutch bar, lobbies, and co-working spaces too.

“We even have monthly talks and walks for our in-house and visiting dogs; some of our extended stay guests meet and play in the hotel’s gardens. Your dogs are treated as VIPets!”

Location: Eddington Avenue, Cambridge

Websites: lockeliving.com / hyatt.com/en-US

Contact: sales.turing@lockeliving.com and 01223 618861 / sales.centriccambridge@hyatt.com and 01223 618813

Instagram: @lockehotels / @hyattcentriccambridge

The Taproom, St Ives

Billed as “the place to meet your friends, relax and enjoy great food and drink in an atmosphere which suits your mood”, contemporary cafe/bar The Taproom in St Ives welcomes not only you, but your canine companions too.

“We know that your dog means the world to you,” say the team, who serve food all day, with an emphasis on light meals and shared plates. “And if you’ve visited us recently, you’ll have noticed we’ve undergone phase one of our renovation: the bar is well stocked with a great selection of drinks, a new menu is now in full swing and of course, complimentary dog biscuits are being served. . .

“So next time you’re out on a dog walk, remember we’re just the other side of the St Ives bridge. Pop in for that morning coffee and a dog biscuit or two!”

The Taproom, St Ives (55625734)
The Taproom, St Ives (55625734)

Location: 23 Bridge Street, St Ives PE27 5EH

Website: thetaproom.co.uk

Contact: info@thetaproom.co.uk and 01480 492255

Instagram: @taproomstives

The Bow Wow Adventure Playground, Great Whelnetham

Described as the place “where dogs come to be free, have fun and find confidence”, The Bow Wow Adventure Playground, located just outside Bury St Edmunds, is a bonafide doggy haven.

Set in a secure one-acre field, behind a 1.8 metre fence and lockable gate, it’s a “dog adventure paradise”, says founder Emily Bowcher-Doyle. “It was created to enrich dogs' lives, so there’s a little bit of something to make every dog happy, from tree trunks, mounds and tunnels to ‘log henge’ - you’ll know it when you see it! - tractor tyres and much, much more. We also have a doggie sensory corner perfect for if your dog needs a more relaxed exploration experience.”

With the space available for private hire, Emily adds the field is “perfect for if you have a reactive or nervous dog; a serial escape artist; if you’re wanting to do your own pooch playdate; or maybe practise some training in a secure, safe and fun environment”.

**OFFER** Throughout April and May get 50% off your first booking with code INTRO50

Location: See website for directions

Website: bowwowdogadventures.co.uk

Contact: hello@bowwowdogadventures.co.uk

Instagram & Facebook: @bowwowdogadventures

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