Summer holiday fun at The Donkey Sanctuary

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 1:37pm

Come rain or shine, The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth has plenty of fun-filled events for all the family.

With free admission, free parking, daily activities throughout the holidays and a free Hopper Bus from Sidmouth, The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth is a great value option this summer. Open from 9am every day, enjoy face painting and animal-themed crafts, such as making a donkey out of modelling clay, and take the whole family on a holiday hunt around the farm.

Get outdoors and meet some of the 500 donkeys who are cared for at the Sidmouth site, including giant Poitou donkeys, gorgeous adoption donkeys and marvellous miniature donkeys; you can even cuddle a donkey or two in the main yard! Explore the maze, let off some steam in the farm-themed outdoor play area and bring the dog along for a scenic coast and country walk around the heart of the Sanctuary.

Chris Phillips of The Donkey Sanctuary says: “During the summer holidays there will be a range of activities every day for all family members to join in with! Craft activities and face painting will be taking place each day in the Events Barn between 11am and 3pm.The holiday hunt will begin in the Gift Shop and will run all day, every day.”

Make a day of it and enjoy freshly-prepared, locally-sourced meals in the Hayloft restaurant, including hearty breakfasts and delicious lunches. Devonshire cream teas, cakes, specials, kid’s portions, vegetarian and gluten free options are also available.

The free Hopper Bus from Sidmouth to The Donkey Sanctuary runs until 30 September, excluding Folk Week (29 July – 5 August). A timetable can be found on The Donkey Sanctuary’s website.

Summer holiday activities will runs until 31 August. Find out more about the Sanctuary’s events at

The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth is open seven days a week from 9am till dusk. Admission and parking is free. It holds events and open days throughout the year and all proceeds go towards The Donkey Sanctuary’s work in the community and worldwide.

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