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Halloween Half Term

19 October 2019 (9:00am) - 3 November 2019 (5:00pm)
No booking required

Spooktacular fun for all the family this Halloween half term at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon.

50.6966458, -3.190148

Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, EX10 0NU.

Have a scream this Halloween with the Donkey Trick or Treat Trail and Pumpkin Carving, plus meet hundreds of friendly donkeys, explore the exciting indoor attractions and enjoy fresh flavoursome food at our restaurant. 

Donkey Trick or Treat Trail
Saturday 19 October – Sunday 3 November, from 9am 

Do you know how we keep our donkeys happy and healthy? Follow the pumpkin trail around the sanctuary to discover things that help keep our donkeys happy (a treat), as well as those things that are not so good for them (a trick). Find all the tricks among the treats and receive a sweet surprise and certificate on completion; just £3 per trail. 

Pumpkin carving 
Wednesday 23 – Thursday 31 October, 11am - 3pm

Pick a pumpkin and get creative carving your spooky masterpiece, ready to take home and display at Halloween. Just £3 per pumpkin. 

Experience the great outdoors this autumn and explore the scenic trails where you’ll come face to face with the hundreds of donkeys cared for at the sanctuary, including the gentle giant Poitous, lovable adoption donkeys and ever-so cute miniature donkeys. It is also a great time to enjoy an autumnal walk through the woods and even venture down to the sea, before trying your luck in the maze, which will have you guessing from start to finish.

Visit our award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden, created to celebrate our 50th anniversary and highlight the vital importance of donkeys in providing some of the world's poorest and most vulnerable communities with access to clean, fresh water. Learn more about our worldwide work and why donkeys are so special through fun, interactive displays in the Exhibition Barn and Understanding Donkeys Zone or join one of the daily tours, talks or demonstrations. 

Make your child’s day at the sanctuary extra special and treat them to some one-to-one hands-on donkey time with our Junior VIP Experience on 21 or 22 October.   

Take sanctuary in our Taste of the West award-winning restaurant, The Kitchen, where you can enjoy fresh, local, seasonal produce while soaking in the unparalleled coast and country views. The new Sunday Brunch menu is the perfect weekend treat to enjoy with friends, family and fabulous views. And for unique donkey-design items and souvenirs to remember your visit by, head to the well-stocked Gift Shop.

The Donkey Sanctuary celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, after being founded as a charity in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. It has many achievements to celebrate and a renewed vision for the future that will transform the welfare of donkeys and mules across the world. 

Entry and parking at the sanctuary is FREE (donations welcome).

Dogs on leads are welcome.

Further information

01395 578222 |

All proceeds help fund the work of The Donkey Sanctuary Worldwide.