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Pre-book your free half term tickets for The Donkey Sanctuary

Authored by Mary

Visitors to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth will need to pre-book their visit for this October half term.

Entry to The Donkey Sanctuary remains free of charge, but each visitor over the half term period is required to book a ticket in advance.

This measure has been introduced to safely manage visitor numbers during busy times. In line with government regulations, a maximum...

Official opening of new footbridge in Sidmouth

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The new footbridge replacing the old Alma Bridge in Sidmouth has been officially opened today (Friday 9 October).

Devon County Council’s new 19-metre span bridge and viewing areas have been developed over the past year – 40 metres inland from the site of the original structure.

The historic Alma Bridge, which dated from the early 1900s, was damaged during severe floods in...

Sidmouth Neighbours Celebrate with Lottery Win

Authored by Mary

Three people in Sidmouth were celebrating over the weekend after winning £1,000 each thanks to their lucky postcode.

The Lower Wheathill neighbours netted the windfall when EX10 9UA was announced as a Daily Prize winner with People’s Postcode Lottery on Sunday 4th October 2020.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Danyl Johnson sent his well-wishes to the winners. He said: “...

Iconic Sidmouth landmark to get a make-over

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Sidmouth’s iconic Jacob’s Ladder is due to be repainted and will undergo structural repairs from Tuesday.

The Grade II listed structure, originally built in the early 20th century, was last painted in 2014 and due to the Ladder’s exposed coastal location, the paint system is beginning to fail. It has also become stained by corroding metal elements.

Inspections completed by...

New Alma Bridge nearing completion

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While the majority of work has already been completed, a number of finishing touches still need to be carried out. This includes the installation of handrail lighting, surfacing, and snagging work to the steel structure of the new bridge.

Devon County Council has confirmed that all work is expected to be completed in the coming weeks, and then the new 19-metre span bridge and viewing...

Donkeys revealed as a British favourite despite 'stubborn' myth

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Donkeys are one of Britain's favourite animals, despite more than half of people wrongly believing they are stubborn, a study has revealed.

A YouGov poll for international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary found that donkeys were Britain's second favourite farm animal.

Unlike horses, who topped the poll with (24%), donkeys (17%) are not native to Europe, yet the...

Sanctuary blooms under lockdown

Authored by Mary

Wildlife has thrived under lockdown at The Donkey Sanctuary’s international headquarters in Sidmouth, as paths, walkways and verges have become a riot of pinks, purples, blues and yellows after wildflowers reaped the benefit of quieter conditions.

The Donkey Sanctuary attracts around 400,000 visitors a year, but with the sanctuary temporarily closed to visitors due to the coronavirus...

The Donkey Sanctuary

Royal foal celebrates first birthday at The Donkey Sanctuary

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Sweet Pea, the donkey named by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, during a visit to The Donkey Sanctuary’s international headquarters in Sidmouth, Devon, last year has celebrated her first birthday.

A year ago today (Friday 17 July), The Duchess, visited the Sidmouth based charity to commemorate its 50th anniversary year. Now grooms at the animal welfare charity have shared some new...

The Donkey Sanctuary remains closed to visitors

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The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth will remain temporarily closed to visitors despite the lifting of some lockdown restrictions from Saturday July 4.

The charity’s international headquarters in Sidmouth welcomes around 400,000 visitors every year, and with such a large number congregating on site from across the UK, there is the heightened risk to the charity’s staff whose main...

Devon dogs lead the way on social distancing

Authored by Mary

As The Cornish Bakery carefully reopens its properties across the UK with a full set of new measures and processes in place, these dogs in Sidmouth are leading the way with a fine example of social distancing measures whilst they patiently wait to enjoy award-winning pasties, coffees, pastries and cakes.

Goooood boys!