Summertime at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

Daisy Hall
Authored by Daisy Hall
Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 19:24

Nestled in the heart of the East Devon countryside, the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary is the perfect free family day out.

There are hundreds of resident donkeys to meet; from adorable miniature donkeys to large Poitou donkeys, as well as a playpark set among a safe landscaped area, a leafy maze, and even a bat beacon, where visitors can find out how these fascinating flying mammals thrive around the sanctuary grounds, while benefitting the donkeys too.

With award-winning gardens and daily talks, there are also engaging exhibits that help people find out all about the work of the international animal welfare charity.

The sanctuary is free to visit, as is parking. Dogs on leads are welcome too, and being set in the East Devon National Landscape, there are scenic views and miles of walkways to explore across the sanctuary site and surrounding countryside.

This summer, the Golden Carrot Trail gives people the opportunity to search for orange carrots hidden across the sanctuary using their trail map, then find the treasure chest with a golden carrot to win a prize. Each trail sheet costs £5 and includes a gift on completion.

For locally sourced, freshly prepared seasonal produce, the award-winning on-site restaurant, The Kitchen, is the ideal place to take sanctuary and enjoy views of the countryside and sparkling sea beyond.

Visitors can also indulge in some retail therapy in The Gift Shop, safe in the knowledge that every purchase supports the work of the charity.

The Donkey Sanctuary is open every day from 9am – 5pm.

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