Went last year and was the worst organised pageant/market ever. Firstly, the event was not signposted at all, leaving us and various other dog owners wandering around looking for a) where the pet event was and b) where do we complete our registration. Having registered our dog online on the previous Wednesday, we arrived, only to be told the event organiser had 'decided' to move our dog to a different category due to demand. This was done without contacting us, despite the organiser having all my contact details in the email I had sent in order to register our dog in the first place. The excuse of it being 'it's for charity' was lazy and incompetent - being a dog owner, I have attended many charity events for Battersea Dogs' Home and I have never been told that the event organiser can do what they want, because it was for charity. Many people I know turned around and left at that point, citing they've never experienced attitude like that before. The event organiser was rude and extremely unaccommodating, despite her incorrect decisions. We decided to pull our dog out of the pageant, as it just wasn't worth our time.
We had traveled over an hour to get to Spitalfields so despite having to deal with the incompetence of someone who appeared to know the same amount about event organising as an intern, we decided to wander about the Dog Market. This is where the event itself was a joke - the vintage market ran alongside the dog market, so there were massive dogs knocking over, in some cases, rather expensive, vintage goods, and then to add insult to injury, the market stalls were so jammed together that people's leashes were getting tangled and walking through the market was the exact opposite of a pleasant experience. To further add to the misery of the situation, I only saw one water bowl for dogs to use at the entire event. One. We are responsible owners and always ensure our pet has water, but I know for a fact that a lot of people are not as prepared.
I spoke to many other dog owners during the event and none of them had a good thing to say about the day. It was extremely poorly organised, and the level of sheer incompetence is inexcusable for venue such as Spitalfields and Old Spitalfields Market.