Author, journalist and presenter Clare Balding to join Goodwoof line-up

Goodwoof | Press Article 17/04/24

  • Clare Balding CBE to return to Goodwoof presented by MARS Petcare.
  • Clare Balding’s new book to be read in Literary Corner over the weekend.
  • Tickets now on sale at com with customers saving £5 during the early bird window.
  • Goodwoof takes place Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May.

Goodwood is delighted to confirm that author, journalist and presenter Clare Balding will join the famous faces set to appear at Goodwoof presented by MARS Petcare.  

We’re thrilled Clare will be returning to Goodwoof, a true celebration of all things dog, as The Kennels opens its doors to visitors and their canine companions for a weekend full of activities. Appearing across the weekend, Clare will read extracts from her latest book, ‘Isle of Dogs: A canine adventure through Britain’, in Literary Corner. A fascinating journey across Britain, the book explores the many roles dogs play and how they have become such an intrinsic part of our lives. Clare also reflects on her fondest moments from this year’s Goodwoof in Chapter 11, seeing everything from dancing dogs in Ministry of Hound to the impressive stunts during Barkour, as well as catching up with the CaniCross competitors.

Goodwoof’s Literary Corner has welcomed musician and comedian Bill Bailey, author, artist and filmmaker Charlie Mackesy, stage and screen actor Guy Henry and actor Hugh Bonneville, providing a relaxing spot for visitors of all ages to listen to canine inspired tales.

Joining Clare in Literary Corner will be Goodwoof friend and British author Tracey Corderoy - who attended Goodwoof in 2023 - alongside illustrator Steven Lenton with the launch of their latest edition of the children’s book, Shifty McGifty’ and ‘Slippery Sam: Train Trouble’. Further details on Literary Corner and the guests appearing alongside Clare will be confirmed in the New Year.

Clare Balding said: “Goodwoof is the best dog festival in the land with so much going on and loads of free advice. It’s a beautiful setting with a gorgeous, warm atmosphere - perfect for dogs and people.”

The Duke of Richmond said: “I am delighted that Clare will be joining us at Goodwoof again next May. We’re honoured that she dedicated a chapter to the event in her latest book, ‘Isle of Dogs: A canine adventure through Britain’, and look forward to listening to her reading in Literary Corner over the weekend.”

Tickets are now on sale for Goodwoof at, with customers saving £5 during the early bird window. Our new Christmas bundle is still available to purchase from £90, offering two adult tickets and a Goodwoof walking kit – the perfect festive gift for dog lovers.


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Goodwoof presented by MARS Petcare, Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May 2024.

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About Goodwoof presented by MARS Petcare
Goodwoof presented by MARS Petcare is a celebration of all that we love about dogs on the Goodwood Estate. It takes place in the fields around the James Wyatt-designed Kennels, which is now the social home of our sporting membership on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2024. The event offers a wide range of activities and demonstrations designed to delight, entertain and inform. Dog owners and their families and friends can encourage their own dog to have a go, browse our carefully hand-picked retailers, enjoy a dip in Fido’s Lido, sit back with a glass of Taittinger champagne, relax in The Studio presented by Randox with a spot of sound bathing, reiki or dog yoga, or marvel at the clever kennels designed by architects from around the world as part of the Barkitecture competition.

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About MARS Petcare
MARS Petcare is a diverse and growing business with 75,000 Associates across 50+ countries dedicated to one purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. With 75 years of experience, our portfolio of almost 50 brands serves the health and nutrition needs of the world’s pets – including brands PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, ROYAL CANIN®, NUTRO™, GREENIES™, SHEBA® and CESAR® as well as The WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition which has advanced research in the nutrition and health of pets for over 50 years. MARS Petcare is also a leading veterinary health provider through a network of over 2,000 pet hospitals including BANFIELD™, BLUEPEARL™, PET PARTNERS™, VCA™ and Linnaeus. We’re also active in innovation and technology for pets, with WISDOM PANEL™ genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs, the WHISTLE™ GPS dog tracker, and LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator and COMPANION FUND™ programs that drive innovation and disruption in the pet care industry. As a family business and guided by our principles, we are privileged with the flexibility to fight for what we believe in – and we choose to fight for: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.