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Event Information

What is Bark in the Park?

Bark in the Park is a 5km sponsored dog walk to help raise funds for Scotland’s animals.

Where and when is Bark in the Park?

Bark in the Park is taking place at Callendar Park in Falkirk. The event will start and end in front of Callendar House on the main lawn.

It will take place on Sunday 28 August 2022. Registration opens from 9am and the event starts at 10.30am

How do I register for Bark in the Park?

You can sign up for the event at scottishspca.org/barkinthepark You will then be able to register for everyone attending in your party – adults, children and dogs.

How much does it cost to sign up?

There is an early bird discount with 30% off for the first 200 entries. By using the early bird promo code: BARK30 adult places will be just £10 and children’s places £5.

After the first 200 signups the code will no longer work and the registration fee will be £13 per adult and £6.50 per child.

Are all dogs welcome at Bark in the Park?

Due to the number of dogs attending this event we must ask that all dogs in attendance have been well socialised and are confident around crowds. For both your dogs’ and others’ safety we must ensure everyone has the best time possible and therefore request that if your dog is of a nervous disposition or not good with other dogs that they do not attend the event. All dogs must be kept on a lead and supervised by an owner at all times.

What are the rules for dogs taking part?

  • All dogs must remain on a lead at all times while at the event
  • Any dog poo must be picked up and disposed of in one of the bins at the start area or along the route.
  • If your dog is of a nervous disposition or does not interact well with other dogs, please leave them at home for their own safety
  • Dogs should not be dressed up in costumes or wear clothing that would restrict their range of movement or ability to remain on a lead.

Can children take part?

Children can take part with supervision from a parent or guardian. Anyone under the age of 18 won’t be able to sign up for the challenge, however a parent or guardian can sign up on behalf of their child to take part in the challenge.

Is the venue accessible?

The event is unfortunately not wheelchair or pushchair accessible due to the majority of the route utilising woodland trails that include some hills.

However, Callendar house and the surrounding grounds are accessible for all and include disabled car parking/drop off spaces directly in front of the event start/finish area.

You can find further details on accessibility at Callendar Park website here.

Are guide dogs welcome?

Absolutely, all guide dogs and support dogs are more than welcome at Bark in the Park.

Are personal assistant or carer tickets available?

Yes, we’ll provide free entry to anyone who is accompanying a you with access needs. Carers and personal assistants will be entitled to enter our event at no additional cost. Please bring along proof on the day (i.e a photocopy of a DLA letter, blue badge)

Can I still take part even if I don’t have a dog?

Yes of course! Bark in the Park is open for everyone who wants to take part and raise funds for the Scottish SPCA.

Fundraising

How much do I need to fundraise?

We’re asking you to aim to fundraise £60 of sponsorship to help care for Scotland’s animals and you can set your own fundraising target when you sign up.

Everyone who raises £60 or more on their individual fundraising page by midnight on 25 August will get the option to collect a free pair of Scottish SPCA sunglasses and a Scottish SPCA dog bandana on the day.

Also, anyone who raises an amazing £120 or more on their individual fundraising page by midnight on 25 August will also have the option to collect a free Scottish SPCA cotton t-shirt on the day.

How can I raise funds?

You will be provided with a fundraising page when you sign up. You can then share the link for your fundraising page to friends and family who can support you. Funds donated through your fundraising page will be added to your total and will automatically reach the Scottish SPCA.

Do I have to fundraise to take part?

We encourage everyone who is taking on the challenge to use their fundraising page. You can make a self-donation on your page and, you never know, your friends and family might want to support you too! Don’t forget, as you fundraise you will get the chance to earn free Scottish SPCA merchandise along the way too.

How do my funds reach the charity?

All the money you raise on your fundraising page is transferred automatically to the Scottish SPCA.

I'm taking part as a team with a group of people, how much do I need to raise?

We’re asking each team member to raise £60 or you can set a collective fundraising target for the team. Coming together with friends, family or colleagues is a great way to fundraise. Be bold and aim high, the more you raise, the more animals that can be cared for by the Scottish SPCA.

How do I get my rewards?

You will be able to collect your rewards on the day from the event registration desks.

On the day

Will there be car parking available?

There will be free car parking available at Callendar Business Park (FK1 1XR) located 400 metres from the start line.  There are 400 spaces available with additional limited disabled spaces located in front of Callendar House for those that require them.

How do I get to Callendar Park?

There will be free car parking available at the Callendar Business Park for anyone travelling by car. There are also excellent transport links to Falkirk, with Falkirk High and Grahamston train stations just a 20 minute walk away and bus stations located near the park entrance too. Visit travelinescotland.com for help with planning your journey.

Will there be refreshments provided?

Refreshments will not be provided as part of the event. There is a cafe at the venue where food and drink can be purchased. We also encourage you to bring your own refillable water bottle and refreshments as needed. 

Do I need to bring water for my dog?

Fresh drinking water will be provided for all dogs at the start/finish area. There will be no water accessible on the 5km route. You can top up your own refillable water bottle at the Scottish Water “top up tap” located at start/finish area.

How do I take part safely with my dog?

  • Always consult a vet before taking on a physical challenge with your dog. They will be able to advise on what is suitable considering the age, breed and overall health of your dog
  • We encourage you to use the dog water station on the main lawn to ensure your dog stays hydrated
  • If your dog becomes unwell or is injured during the event please inform the nearest steward for assistance
  • If your dog appears faint, wobbly or is panting find shade and allow them to recover. Inform the nearest steward for assistance if required.
  • Try to avoid giving your dog a big meal directly before or after the walk to prevent any potential gastric complications

Can if I can’t complete the walk on the day?

We recommend everyone who signs up is fit and able to walk 5km and ensures their dog is well enough to manage this too. There are some hills on the route and the weather may be warm due to the time of year. For more advice on exercise, visit NHS Live Well or speak to your GP: www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise

We want this challenge to suit everyone so don’t be worried if you start the route and feel you can’t complete it on the day. Our stewards will be positioned along the trail to keep you heading the right way but they can also point out the alternative “quick” routes back to the main lawn if you or your dog is feeling unwell. There will be an emergency aid station roughly halfway along the trail if you or your dog should require assistance too.

What if I’ve signed up but can no longer attend on the day?

Thank you for signing up and fundraising for Scotland’s animals. If you are no longer able to make it please send an email to fundraising@scottishspca.org and we’ll arrange to have any merchandise you’ve earned posted to you after the event. If you are still able to we’d love to see you take on a 5km walk in your local park on a different date and follow along with us using social media.

What if can’t attend the event but still want to take part and fundraise?

If you can’t make the event in Falkirk, then you can still take part by arranging your own Bark in the Park with friends and family. You can host your own Bark in the Park at a local park and join us on social media using the hashtag #BarkinthePark

Sign up to host your own Bark in the Park here.