Melbourn Dog CaféBack to Activities
Held once a week and organised by Melbourn Timebank, the Dog Café is two hours of canine fun, chat and coffee. Anyone is welcome to come along - it's not just for residents of the village, and you don't even need to bring a dog!
This activity is good for wellbeing because
- shared interests help us feel connected to others;
- meeting for a coffee and a chat can help prevent loneliness and social isolation;
- the antics of the dogs ensures that everyone ends up talking to each other.
“I don’t have a dog, but I love being around dogs – I look forward to this every week.” Lucienne, a Dog Café regular.
How to contact
Where to go
105 High St
Royston SG8 6AP
What to expect
Held in the enclosed pub garden at The Dolphin every Tuesday from 10am to 12noon, all year round, the Melbourn Dog Café is organised by Stephanie Trayhurn, who manages the local Timebank.
There’s plenty of carparking spaces at The Dolphin so you can drive there if you aren’t local, or the Timebank may be able to organise lifts from its volunteers. When you arrive, you go through the pub (to make sure no dogs escape from the garden), and you can order a coffee at the bar or someone from the pub will come and take your order when you sit down. There’s lots of places to sit (some tables and chairs are under cover if it’s raining) but wear warm clothing if it is cold.
Dogs play together off-lead, but need a little supervision just in case they get rowdy. No-one minds if your dog isn’t well behaved, and you don’t have to stay for the entire two hours if it all gets too much for your dog. No need to book ahead, just turn up.
Not everyone who goes to the Café brings a dog, some people just enjoy the canine chaos, chat and coffee!
Bowls of water are provided but you’ll need to bring dog poo bags and bin them when you get home.
Toilets at the pub are accessible, as is the pub garden.
Attending the Dog Café is free.
You will need to pay for refreshments.