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October half-term tricks and treats

20 October 2018 (9:00am) - 31 October 2018 (5:00pm)
No booking required

Have a scream this Halloween at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon with the trick or treat trail, pumpkin carving and brave the bat beacon if you dare!

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Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, EX10 0NU.

With yummy treats and the odd trick, there is spooktacular fun for all to be had at the sanctuary this October half-term.

Trick or treat trail

Daily, 9am – 5pm
Do you know what can be given to our donkeys as a special treat and what they should never have? Enjoy an autumnal adventure around the sanctuary with family and friends, finding the tricks among the treats - and you’ll receive something good to eat. Just £3 per trail including a prize on completion.

Pumpkin carving

Monday 22 – Sunday 28 October, 11am - 3pm
Get creative and have a go at carving your spooky masterpiece for just £3 per person, ready to take home and show off at Halloween.

Bat Beacon

Daily from 9am – 5pm
If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise! Visit the creepy Nature Centre nestled in the Hermitage Woods and discover more about the wildlife who call the sanctuary their home, including the different species of bat that use our woods, hedges and fields to hunt for insects.

So, get the family outdoors this autumn and meet some of the hundreds of friendly donkeys who are cared for here in Sidmouth, including our gentle giant Poitou donkeys, the lovable adoption donkeys and our ever-so cute miniature donkeys. 

We’re constantly updating our programme of things to do and see here at the sanctuary, so make the most of your visit with our fascinating tours, talks and demonstrations delivered by our knowledgeable staff - just head to the main entrance on arrival for all the details.

Come rain or shine we’ve got you covered with our exciting new indoor attractions, where you’ll discover just why donkeys are so special through fun, interactive displays in the new Exhibition Barn, Understanding Donkeys Zone and Dr Svendsen’s Hut. And the fun doesn’t stop there; have a go at the maze, looking resplendent in its autumn colours and see if you can find your way to the middle and back out again - without getting lost!

When it’s time to rest those weary feet, take a break at The Kitchen restaurant; overlooking the donkeys’ paddocks and Jurassic Coast, it is a great spot in which to relax with freshly-prepared, wholesome dishes using local and ethically sourced produce. And before heading home, a visit to the brand new Gift Shop is a must for all those unique donkey-design items and gifts to suit every pocket.

Entry and parking at the sanctuary is FREE. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Further information

01395 578222 |

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