Auttmn can be a such a great season for dogs and with the Welsh weather being so intermittent one would usually assume October is cold wet and rainy. However October can also be warm and sunny and with many places out of season, this can be the perfect recipe for a dog day out !
With a perfectly dry and sunny day forecast how could we not take Hollie our Westie to explore Barry Island, the seaside town famously brought back to life by Ruth Jones’ Gavin and Stacey. Barry is the nearest seaside town to Cardiff and probably the most accessible in terms of transport. The town has undergone a great regeneration which has been great for visitors and locals, and especially dogs! With a beautifully spacious promenade, colourful beach huts (which you can rent) and an investment in more eateries.
Hollie and I have handpicked some of great dog friendly places to share with you!
Whitmore & Jackson
Whitmore and Jackson is fully dog friendly, and we were greeted by a range of adorable dogs upon entering. What I think is great about whitmore & Jackson is its dual setting, one side accomodates dogs, the other is stricly reserved for us humans. Its nice knowing everyone around you has a dog and you wouldnt have to be too wary of disturbing others nearby, Despite the two areas nothing in terms of the menu is restricted.
There area nice range of souvenirs on sale, some for dogs too!
They have a fantastic range of food available, from hot and cold fresh dishes and have a license to serve alcohol, so of course we went back in the evening for a prosecco afternoon tea!
K9 Plus 1
The famous dog friendly cafe, effectively a doggie paradise, It is adorned with dog themed features comforts and a great selection of foods and drinks to keep the owners busy. K9 plus 1 has made sure your dog is the centre of attention by providing beds, towels, water and food stations, a selection of treats and even cater for a doggie celebration!
If theres one thing Hollie loves, its icecream and Cadwaladers have a nice spacious venue in Barry that welcome well behaved dogs. Cadwaladers is a local buisness which started out in Wales in 1927 selling handmade icecream locally. The buisness has now developed into the wider community selling their famous icecream, cakes, light lunches, teas and coffees.
A place famous for its icecream hasnt forgotten about our doggies, they are stockists of Frozzys, which Hollie generiously tucked away!
If your visitng Barry you have to pop into the Beach Hut gift shop. They stock the famous Barrybados themed gifts, among other tasteful soveniers, including some dog toys and amenities (don’t panic if you’ve forgotten anything, they have you covered!)
Giovanni’s On the Prom
If your walking along the promenade Giovanni’s also serve icecream for dogs by Marshfields, as well as ice-cream, drinks and snacks for us humans.
Gavin & Stacey
Ofcourse we couldn’t go to Barry without experiencing some Gavin & Stacey spots, here are some of hollies snaps!
Hollie thorougly enjoyed her walk along the promanade, grassy areas and ofcourse the beach. I have to mention Whitmore bay in Barry only allows dogs to roam from the start of October to the end February, March to September are off limits!
Here are some of the lovely spots she explored!
As always if you have visited any of the places mentioned we would love to see your photos.