Recently we were invited along to The Family Pet Show in Manchester. The show was over a weekend where we were already quite busy as a family, but Louis and I went along and spent some time at the show while Ted & Rowan were at the match.
Held at Event City in Manchester, the venue is easy to get to in the car. It’s next door to The Trafford Centre, the parking is ample and the venue is huge. It’s somewhat more difficult to get to via any other method of transport, but it is certainly accessible by bus as well even if the journey takes longer.
A warm welcome awaited us on arrival at Event City and we were given details of the day’s schedule, making it easy to plan our visit.
Our first stop was to see the gentle, content donkeys brought to the show by The Donkey Sanctuary. These beautiful animals are looked after at a sanctuary in Manchester and you can sponsor them or just go and visit them at the sanctuary. The centre provide donkey assisted therapy, information, support and education all over the world.
Next stop was the ferrets as Louis particularly wanted to see the ferret racing. Unfortunately, the ferrets had other ideas and were too tired!
Undeterred, we moved on to Crocodile Joe’s. Now I’m not saying I’m frightened of spiders but I certainly kept my distance from their tarantula. Some children were brave enough to handle her – but not me!
Louis asked Crocodile Joe if he had any Frill Necked Lizards. Apparently, he does! They weren’t at the show that day but Louis was impressed anyway.
Another stand we stopped at for a little while was Harringtons. I’ve talked before on the blog about the lovely people from Harringtons and how Betsy has been brought up on their food since the day we brought her home. I’ve a soft spot for Harringtons, so I was pleased to see that they have now launched a new range of dog and cat treats and that the brand seems to be growing.
If your four legged friend would like to try the dog treats for themselves, I believe that current stockists include Asda, Sainsburys, Waitrose and Ocado. I can’t find any information on stockists for the cat treats but if you email Harringtons (details on their website) I’m sure they would be happy to help.
Another product that caught my eye was something called Frozzys. This is ice-cream for dogs! It’s lactose free, suitable for dogs of all ages and apparently it tastes good too! I intend to try this with Betsy and see what she thinks.
Moving away from products, we stopped by and had a chat with the Lancashire Wildlife Trusts people. What lovely people they were! So passionate about their organisation! We spent quite some time talking with them. Louis loves his wildlife and so he had plenty to talk about while I signed us up for a family membership.
You can sign up for membership and pay whatever you choose per month – I opted for £8 as loosely speaking that makes it a quid each per week. Wildlife is something we’re all fans of in our house so we’re happy to support it. We’re going to head down to our local centre this weekend, in fact.
When our membership pack arrived, the children’s pack had two of everything inside so that the boys could have their own membership cards, stickers and activity books amongst other things. They were really excited about their new memberships!
I could go on and on about who and what we saw at The Family Pet Show, but honestly, you really should see for yourself. Details of future events should be live on their website in due course or you can subscribe to the website to receive updates from them.
All in all, Louis and I had a wonderful time at The Family Pet Show and we’ll be returning next year.