International Donkey Week is a holiday with a difference - a chance for you to have close contact with our donkeys in glorious settings. You can groom, cuddle or just sit and watch the donkeys, which, we hasten to add, is very relaxing and therapeutic.
Every year The Donkey Sanctuary holds this unique week's holiday, relaxing down among the donkeys.
- Daily trips are arranged to visit our outlying farms, which are not usually open to the public.
- Each farm has different qualities and at all farms, visitors can take tractor trailer rides to see the beautiful views or meet the donkeys enjoying the spring sunshine!
- For our fitter visitors there are some fantastic walks.
Members of our staff are there to meet you at Exeter railway and coach stations. They are there to assist you with your luggage and direct you to one of our coaches, which will transport you to your accommodation.
Activities on offer during Donkey Week include talks and presentations by guest speakers, wildlife walks, demonstrations and plenty of opportunities to meet and groom the donkeys as well as social events in the evenings throughout the week.
There is a wide range of accommodation available in our Donkey Week Scheme from hotels to guesthouses.
10% of a Donkey Weeker's accommodation bill is donated to The Donkey Sanctuary. Therefore, not only are you providing the donkeys with the love and attention, but are also contributing to their continued care.
A lifetime of friendship
Donkey lovers range in age from the very young up to some in their nineties! Many firm friendships are forged as everyone has a shared interest and our Donkey Weekers come back year after year for a great reunion.
Find out more
If you would like to find out more about this holiday with a difference or book your place, please contact us.
Want to join us?
Come and immerse yourself in all things donkey. You can spend just a day with us, or enjoy a whole week of tours, events, insightful talks and lots of one to one time with our donkeys.
If you’re a returning Donkey Weeker or coming along for the first time, we’ll keep your details on file and issue the itinerary choices form nearer the event date.
If you’re new to Donkey Week the team will issue you with an information pack with everything you need to know about Donkey Week.