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Is Royal Quays Dog Friendly?

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Is Royal Quays Dog Friendly?

We recently paid Royal Quays a visit with our Cockapoo puppy Fozzy. I was pleasantly surprised with how much of our day out he was able to enjoy alongside us. 

We found Royal Quays Outlet and Independent Centre to be very welcoming towards Fozzy and it is somewhere I would definitely recommend as being worth a visit to other dog owners too. 

5 Reasons to Visit Royal Quays with your Dog 

1 - There's a Fantastic Pet Shop 

Quay Pets and Aquatics is one of the best pet stores I've ever visited. It's pretty big and stocks a wide range of pet food and accessories including raw food, natural treats and a huge selection of Kong toys. The staff are all extremely knowledgable and there are various pets for sale too. 

This shop is pefect for both popping into to stock up on essentials and for looking for something more unique such as a new dog toy, bed or coat. 

2 - Lots of Water Bowls & Places to Sit 

Royal Quays Outlet and Independent Centre is an open air shopping and leisure centre with lots of open space and seating. There are lots of dog water bowls dotted around the site, plenty of bins and if you need a break from all that shopping, there are picnic tables which are a nice place to sit and relax with your dog and a glass of wine. 

3 - Discover Retail & Coffee Shop 

Discover Retail is a real gem of a place and dogs are welcome inside here. It's a co-operative of lots of independent producers and artists from across the North East. You can browse the shelves for local food produce, art work, gifts and more. 

This place doubles up as a welcoming coffee shop serving drinks and light bites and your four legged friends are welcome to join you. The manager is a dog owner himself and you will be made to feel super welcome here. 

4 - Many Stores Welcome Dogs 

I was delighted that Fozzy could join us in most of the stores at Royal Quays. It was much nicer being able to browse the shelves as a family rather than taking it in turns waiting outside with Fozzy and much easier too. 

The staff in all of the stores we visited really made Fozzy feel welcome and he loved the attention. It was so good for his socialisation. 

Here are some of the places we were able to visit with our dog: 
  • Quay Pets & Aquatics 
  • Discover Retail and Coffee Shop (inside and out)
  • The Works 
  • Mountain Warehouse 
  • Garden World 
  • Beauty Outlet 
  • The Pineapple Room Boutique 
  • Klass 
  • Blackstorm Brewery 
  • Alternative Stores (carried due to food on lower levels) 
  • Mooranda's, Second Bite, Costa (outdoor areas) 
  • Blackstorm Brewery 
  • Whitley Bay Pizza Co.
  • Trespass 
Please note, the above list is does not cover every store. If you are unsure, simply pop your head around the door and ask a member of staff. We found everyone we asked to be super helpful. 

5 - Shopping for Dogs 

As well as the pet store, we found some of the other shops had dedicated dog areas with their own dog ranges too. For example in Trespass we found this lovely stand with outdoorwear for dogs as well as bandanas and ball games. 

Garden World stocks a nice range of dog-themed gifts. 

Then in Alternative Stores, we found some natural Faith in Nature Shampoo alongside a few other pet products for sale too (this one smells delicious by the way). 

Royal Quays Outlet and Independent Centre really did make us feel welcome and even in the places where dogs were not permitted inside (Moorandas Ice Cream Parlour for example), the staff still went out of their way for us and said hello to Fozzy, let us know where we could sit outside and said they would bring our food over to us rather than us hanging around by the counter. 

If you are looking for a dog walk nearby, it is a lovely walk around Royal Quays Marina nearby. 

You can find out more about visiting Royal Quays here: https://royalquaysoutletcentre.com/


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