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About us, Belle Vue Dogs

This puts a whole new spin on ‘having a swifty’.

These beasts are fast. Most of us can hold our breath for longer than the duration of a greyhound race. Others prefer to shout at the top of their voices. But whichever way you deal with it, the experience is the same – raw excitement.

Manchester’s biggest big night out has seen a lot of change over eight decades, in everything except the winning combination of high speed sport (close-up and personal), a great atmosphere, and good honest food and drink.

The night is upbeat, pacey, noisy and big fun. The dogs race around an amphitheatre of light streaking toward a finishing line below the ranked stands and restaurant tables. There's 14 races and they absolutely love it. So does the crowd.

Who goes? Well, we might just surprise you.

Parties of friends, groups of couples, lads and lasses’ nights out, corporate and interest groups all love the dogs.

We’re not a fancy cocktail bar, we’re not a posh restaurant, and we’re not trying to be either. Our night is about laughing your socks off, shouting till you’re hoarse as your dog blazes over the line, spending two minutes deciding if it's fast food or three courses in the restaurant, because there’s so much going on that’s all the time you can bear to spare. It’s about getting to grips with form and tips – or just picking a name you like or choosing ‘the spotty one with the waggy tail in trap three’.

Our dogs race on a track prepared with love and care by those who understand what they need to perform and stay fit. Their welfare is paramount. Just watch the handlers collecting the dogs at the end of a race – there are plenty of licks, pats and ear rubs being handed out. They’re top quality and they’re much loved.

We like to share the love...

So in the bars and restaurant you’ll find a great pint, top brand spirits, a surprising range of wines and even some nice bubbles to celebrate with if the mood and lady luck dictate.

In summer we break out the Pimms and pretty much all year round there are pitchers of beer up for grabs – great for groups.

As the year heats up, the crowd drifts trackside to enjoy drinks closer to the race and relax in the cooling of the day.

More relaxed than horse racing and with no hanging about, we think it’s got to be on everyone’s to do list. We guarantee that if you come, you’ll have a blast – and you’ll be talking about it for weeks afterwards.

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