Dog Friendly Bury St Edmunds Launched

Visitors to the Bury St Edmunds area will now be able to clearly see where their dogs are welcome at shops, eateries, attractions,places to stay, and more.

Wherever the new #dogfriendlybse paw print logo sticker is displayed in windows, businesses will welcome dogs in a brand new town-wide and beyond initiative.

The initiative, funded by Bury St Edmunds Town Council, with support from Bury St Edmunds Canine Creche, Bury St Edmunds and Beyond and OurBuryStEdmundsBID aims to help visitors and residents easily identify businesses that are dog friendly in and around Bury St Edmunds.

‘Dog-Friendly Bury St Edmunds’ was launched on Monday 24 September 2018 at Really Rather Good, a café in Abbeygate Street and just one of the many dog friendly businesses in the town.  

Town and Borough Councillor Clive Springett said: “Having only recently become a dog owner, we strive to take him to as many places as possible with us.  It has been difficult to identify where he was and was not welcome which often resulted in me standing outside shops waiting to see if we were welcomed in. 

“This led me to thinking about how we could make this visible to visitors of our Town.

“The Town Council funded the stickers and dog bowls, and together with Bury St Edmunds Canine Creche, we are working with the OurBuryStEdmundsBID, the Business Improvement District, and Bury St Edmunds and Beyond to promote the scheme to their business members and visitors.  Take up to date has been really encouraging.”

Jon Kay, Managing Director of Bury St Edmunds Canine Creche, said it was lovely to see so many companies already getting behind the scheme and some already reporting an influx of doggie visitors and additional custom.

He said: “At the Canine Creche we are all about making dogs happy and I’m excited at the launch of this scheme as it enables more dog owners to explore our wonderful town with their companions. 

“It will benefit not only dog owners and the local businesses that participate but also visitors to our town, making Bury St Edmunds an even more attractive destination to visit.

Mike Kirkham, Business Support and Marketing Officer for OurBuryStEdmundsBID, said businesses have been very supportive of this scheme so far with over 30 BID member businesses already signed up before launch. 

He said: “As a dog owner who lives in Bury St Edmunds I know it is a very dog friendly town and it’s great to have so many businesses contacting us wanting to be part of this initiative.”

You can find a list of dog friendly places in and around Bury St Edmunds who have signed up to the initiative and who display the Dog Friendly Bury St Edmunds paw print sticker in their window on the Bury St Edmunds Town Council website.

Sue Warren, Brand and Marketing Manager for Bury St Edmunds and Beyond, the town’s tourism brand, said: “It is fantastic to be working with partners to have a town-wide scheme which easily identifies for visitors where you can take your dog when you eat, shop and stay in Bury St Edmunds. 

“More and more people are taking holidays with their dogs who are part of their family. There are lots of lovely places you can take your dog in Bury St Edmunds but what was needed was a clear way for businesses to communicate that to dog owners.”

On the website you can also find a 'Dog-Friendly Charter' which sets out the responsibilities of both the business owners and dog owners.  This will include some safety guidance and it is important to note that business owners still have the right to refuse entry or ask someone to leave the premises if a dog is unruly, out of control or anti-social. 

If you are a business that would like to join, contact the Town Council Offices on 01284 725111 or email

Follow Dog Friendly Bury St Edmunds on twitter and Instagram #dogfriendlybse.

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