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Mother's Day

31 March 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
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Treat mum to Sunday lunch and make memories this Mother's Day at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon.

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Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, EX10 0NU.

Get together for a proper Sunday roast at our Taste of the West award-winning restaurant, The Kitchen and relax with local, ethically sourced produce alongside one of Devon’s finest views over the rolling hills down to the sea.

Our unique take on this tradition sees family-style service replicated from your kitchen, minus the washing-up! Choose from Devon’s finest cuts of meat or a vegetarian/vegan special served from sharing boards, accompanied by bowls of succulent vegetables and oodles of scrumptious trimmings to help yourself to. If room after enjoying this lot, there will also be a delicious dessert of the day to devour. 

View the sample menu.  

One course - £12.50 adult | £6.50 child/small
Two courses (soup or dessert) - £16.00 adult | £9.00 child/small

Sunday roasts will be served from 12pm – 2pm, as well as hearty breakfasts from 9am – 10.45am and Devon cream teas from 11am – 5pm. 

After a delicious bite in the restaurant, explore our scenic farm trails home to hundreds of friendly donkeys just waiting to meet you, including the gentle giant Poitous, the lovable adoption donkeys and the adorable minis. Or take part in our Golden Carrot Hunt; an entertaining family activity that combines fun, exercise and brainpower. Follow the clues around the sanctuary to find the golden carrots and discover interesting facts relating to special events or achievements that have defined our first 50 years, before uncovering the hidden treasure to claim your gold reward. Just £3 per treasure hunt. 

Discover as well just why donkeys are so special through fun, interactive displays in the new Exhibition Barn, Understanding Donkeys Zone and Dr Svendsen’s Hut. Or join one of our fascinating tours, talks and demonstrations held daily - see the information boards in the Main Entrance or ask one of our visitor team for details. Plenty of opportunities to exercise after all the lovely food!

Looking for a special gift for mum?

Why not give the gift of a friend for life by adopting one of the fun-loving adoption donkeys. From clever and mischievous, Ruby on Main Yard to sweet and fluffy, Zena in Shelter 4, there is an adoption donkey for every mum this Mother’s Day. Join one of the morning of afternoon Meet the Groom sessions to find out more about each of the adoption donkeys.

Want your gift in time for Mother’s Day? Adopt a donkey before your visit and allow mum time to get to know her new friend before getting to meet them at the sanctuary.


Pre-booking for Sunday lunch is essential and there will be a limited amount of spaces each week, so early booking is recommended. 

To book, please call The Kitchen on 01395 514996.

Admission and parking at the sanctuary is free and dogs are welcome on a lead.

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