Pop-up dog cafés coming to Harrogate next month
Last updated Feb 9, 2024
Pop+Bark's Cockapoo cafe is comings to Harrogate. Image credit: Pop+Bark

The Cockerpoo café and The Golden Retriever café are coming to Harrogate next month.

Dog events company Pop+Bark will host 80-minute off the lead social gatherings at The Foundry Project on Sunday, March 17.

The pop-up cafés invite owners to bring their Cockapoos and Golden Retrievers to socialise with other dogs. According to Pop+Bark, more than 8,000 Cockapoos and 5,000 Golden Retrievers have attended their events up to now.

Pop+Bark was featured in the latest series of BBC’s Dragon’s Den and its events offer an in-house doggy barkery serving biscuits and treats, a doggy boutique, plus furniture and props for photo opportunities.

One of Pop+Barks founders, Anushka said:

“Dragons Den was an amazing one-in-a-lifetime experience, it was very intense but the dragons were all really positive about our events.”

She said they received feedback at recent events saying “people would love if we came to smaller towns”.

She added:

“Harrogate is a beautiful town and known for being really dog-friendly, we also had a lot of Harrogate-based guests at our recent Leeds events. Foundry Project is a fabulous venue and they’re all dog mad and super excited to welcome some four-legged friends on the day.”

A previous Golden Retriever cafe hosted by Pop+Bark.

Bar food will be available and dog lovers without their own dogs are welcome to attend.

A spokesperson for The Foundry Project said:

“We wanted to host more events and do different things that no one else in the area is doing. We are very excited, it is already a dog-friendly place and when Pop+Bark contacted us we were very keen to get involved.”

On its event page, Pop+Bark said:

“We’re thrilled to be finally bringing this event to the dog-friendly town of Harrogate. With a joyful atmosphere and cuteness overload, you won’t be able to resist soaking up all the fun. Big smiles, happy hearts and waggy tails are guaranteed.”

The Foundry Project told The Stray Ferret there will be multiple sittings, each of 80 minutes and over 200 attendees are expected.

Cockapoo Cafe at 11:25pm – 12:45pm and Golden Retriever Cafe at 12:50pm – 2:10pm. Tickets are available for the Golden Retriever event here and the Cockapoo event here.

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