Dog in the water at Canine dip and Dive

Canine Dip and Dive!


At Woodfarm Barns and Barges, it’s no secret that we love dogs. We love them so much, in fact, that we let them write blogs on our website and have made both of our barges dog-friendly. This means that your furry friends can make holiday memories along with you when visiting Suffolk.

Of course, in the hot weather, we realise that it is incredibly important for your pooch (and you!) to be kept cool. With this in mind, we’d highly recommend visiting Canine Dip and Dive in Suffolk, a destination that was featured as a leading spot in Dog Friendly Days Out in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Canine Dip and Dive, situated in Otley, is run by Andy and Jo and is the perfect place for your dogs to gain confidence with water. Inspired by his spaniel Buddy who participated in Superstar Dogs, a game show where dogs and owners perform a “Swim and Fetch” challenge, Andy became a dog trainer who taught dogs how to dive and swim. Building on the success of this venture, Andy and Jo set up a pool to help dogs become more confident in the water and to make sure they knew how to have the most fun in it. The pool in question is an outdoor 32-foot-long dog swimming pool which has a great floating ramp, making accessibility for the dogs even easier. But, for some of the adventurous dogs, the ramp may seem a bit boring, but they are well looked after by a platform that allows them to play Tom Daley for the day, taking dive after dive into the water.

Dog in the water at Canine dip and Dive

The site is equipped for the owners as well, with changing rooms on site and the whole of the site is fully enclosed. 

Canine Dip and Dive also offer various different classes and sessions. There are:

  • Puppy and senior sessions – perfect for introducing your dogs into the water in a less stressed environment
  • Buddy’s Pool Party – where you and your dogs enjoy the water together, with toys as well being provided
  • Solo session – suited for the dogs who are a bit more timid around others, or if you want the pool solely for owner and dog time.

So, with Canine Dip and Dive being located fairly close to our Barges for rent, about 15 minutes from Twee Gebroeders Barge, and about 30 minutes from Onderneming Barge, why not bring your four-legged friend from your dog-friendly Barge to the Canine Dip and Dive? You can find it here:


Charity Lane




Prices for the sessions start from about £15. Visit their website for more details. 

Reasons to Stay at Woodfarm, Suffolk

We happen to think what we have on offer is pretty bloomin' good. However, we thought you might like a bunch of reasons to stay, other than we think you should!

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Brilliant beaches! Suffolk has an incredible Heritage Coast, with great beaches, all in easy reach of us.

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We don't just tolerate Dogs, we welcome them! We've built a strong reputation in this market, and we're proud of it!

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Pawesome, fully-enclosed two acre Pooch Paddock for your Dogs to go bonkers and make new friends in.

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Free Doggy treats, Dog bowls, and Dog towels. Our furry friends even get Woodfarm branded poop bag holders!

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Visit England Gold Awards coming out of our ears, as well as their coveted ROSE Award for Service Excellence.

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Well in excess of 1,000 Five Star Tripadvisor, Facebook & Google Reviews. Over 25% of our guests come back!

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Private Hot tubs with seven of our eight Barns and Cottages. The ultimate in relaxation, just because you're worth it.

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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yes, plural. Two AONB's on our doorstep! Suffolk Coast & Heaths, and Dedham Vale.

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Stunning river walks directly from your gangplank on either Barge! Wildlife and breathtaking scenery in abundance.

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