Calendar of Events

Our monthly Open Days are great family days out and visitors can look round The Ark, meet some of our cats and dogs, enjoy a delicious homemade lunch or tea and bag themselves a bargain from one of our many stalls selling gifts, books, bric a brac, jewellery and toys. The Ark is open on these days from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Bark in The Park and Fun Dog Show at Darley Park, Darley Abbey, Derby
Date
Sun 25th Aug 2019
Time
11am - 3pm

Dog Show starts 12.30 with lots of classes inc.     Most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Bitch, Best Puppy, Best Expression etc. Gift stalls. Please click on the button below to download a poster for this event.

September Open Day
Date
Sun 8th Sep 2019
Time
11 am - 4 pm

The Ark has lots of cats and dogs patiently waiting for loving new homes so come along and make September a special month by offering one of our residents a new home. You'll get a new best friend and loyal companion and they will get a new family to love. Homemade lunches and teas are available, our shop is open for gifts and our new range of charity Christmas cards and The Ark 2020 calendar will be on sale. Our outside sales areas will be open offering books, bric a brac, toys etc. Admission is free.

Sponsored Walk, Ilam Park, nr. Ashbourne
Date
Sun 29th Sep 2019
Time
10.30 am - 4 pm

Thanks to the National Trust, we are again holding our Sponsored Walk in the beautiful grounds of Ilam Country Park. There will be walks to suit all abilities from a gentle 2 miles stroll to a more energetic 5 miles walk, and all walks start and finish at Ilam Hall. The walk is open to everyone, not just dog owners, who are of course welcome but, as this is sheep country, dogs do have to be kept on a lead. We would love walkers to get sponsorship but, if this is a problem, you can turn up on the day and join in for a donation of just £5. If you can't join in you can sponsor one of our volunteer dog walkers, accompanied by an Ark dog, to do the walk for you. You can download a Sponsorship form by clicking on the button below. If you prefer, you can click on the My Donate button on this website, in which case please say Sponsored Walk. 

We do hope you can support this event one way or the other as it is a super day out...whatever the weather!

Animal Behaviour & 30th Birthday Open Day at The Ark
Date
Sun 6th Oct 2019
Time
11am - 4pm

Please come along and meet some of our current residents waiting for loving new homes.  We have Kim Hunt, Companion Animal Behaviourist & Trainer, on site.

Visit Cat Cat Corner for  advice on cat care and behaviour. Homemade lunches & teas, books, bric a brac, gifts, Ark Xmas cards and 2020 Calendar on sale. Please click on the button below to download a poster for this event.

Christmas Shopping Open Day at The Ark
Date
Sun 3rd Nov 2019
Time
11am - 4pm

Get your Christmas gifts and cards from us and help the cats and dogs in our care. Visit the kennels & cattery, homemade lunches & teas,books, bric a brac and toys etc. Please click on the button below to download a poster for this event.

Collection & Stall, Pets at Home, Meteor Centre, Derby
Date
Sat 9th Nov 2019
Time
All day

We have a collection & stall at the Pets at Home store in the Meteor Centre, Derby all day selling gifts, Christmas cards and The Ark 2020 Calendar. Please support us and help our cats & dogs.

Christmas at The Ark Open Weekend
Date
Sat 23rd Nov 2019
to
Sun 24th Nov 2019
Time
11am - 4pm

Visit the kennels & cattery which are decorated for Christmas. All the cats & dogs have a stocking ready to collect for their Christmas Dinner! Festive food, lots of gifts to buy for presents. Please click on the button below to download a poster for this event.

Celebration of Animals Service at St. Oswald's Church, Ashbourne
Date
Sun 8th Dec 2019
Time
2pm

All are welcome to join us in this special service to give thanks for the pleasure and companionship that our pets give to us. Animals welcome in Church dogs on leads, other small pets in secure baskets. A donkey from The Donkey Sanctuary Derbyshire Centre will be led into church as we sing Little Donkey Carried Mary'. Dogs are welcome to join in the singing! If you would like a poster for this event, please click on the button below.