International Donkey Week is a holiday with a difference - a chance for you to have close contact with The Donkey Sanctuary's resident donkeys in glorious settings.
Every year The Donkey Sanctuary holds this unique week's holiday, relaxing down among the donkeys in Devon. Guests start to arrive on 7 May, with the activities starting on Wednesday 8 with a welcome talk from the sanctuary's chief executive, Mike Baker. There is lots to do throughout the week, until departure day on 14 May when everyone heads home.
Activities on offer during Donkey Week include guest speakers, social events, wildlife walks, demonstrations and plenty of opportunities to meet and groom the donkeys throughout the week.
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 staff will be at Exeter railway and coach stations ready to meet you. They will assist you with your luggage and direct you to one of our coaches, which will transport you to your accommodation.
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 love and attention, but you are also contributing to their continued care.
A lifetime of friendship
Donkey lovers range in age from the very young up to those in their nineties. Many firm friendships are forged as everyone has a shared interest and our Donkey Week attendees come back year after year for a great reunion.
Want to join us?
Come and immerse yourself in all things donkey. You can spend 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.
Find out more
If you would like to find out more about this holiday with a difference or to book your place, please contact us.