DOG owners in Torfaen can now treat their hounds to a tasty treat at Pontypool Museum thanks to their new Paws for a Cuppa initiative for dog walkers and their pets.

The museum aims to encourage people, who walk their dogs through Pontypool Park, to stop off for a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits plus a bowl of water and doggie snacks for their canine companions.

Walkers and their dogs can enjoy their teatime treats sat in the Georgian cobbled courtyard at the museum.

Receptionist at Pontypool Museum, Kath Lapping, said: “We have always been a dog friendly museum and provided fresh water for any passing dogs.

“But now owners and their pets can enjoy a really relaxing end to their walk in our picturesque courtyard.”

Owner of two five month old Springer Spaniels, Duke and Major, Ashleigh Taylor, said: “What better way to enjoy a walk in the park with a trusted furry family member than with a refreshing cup of tea and cake at the end of it.

“It’s exceptionally convenient, and in a perfect setting for your walk. And our furry friends don’t lose out either, with an outside courtyard for them to run around in.”

As the borough museum for Torfaen, Pontypool Museum welcomes more than 30,000 visitors through its doors each year, and staff realised that most people walking their animals through the park didn’t take advantage of the museum’s outdoor facilities.

Fundraising officer at Pontypool Museum, Sassy Hicks, added: “We feel it’s important people know that we are a community resource as well as a museum and that furry friends are welcome to stop by for a treat.”

The Paws for a Cuppa deal is available during opening hours at Pontypool Museum. Call 01495 752036