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Donkey Week

12 May 2020 (11:00am) - 19 May 2020 (5:00pm)

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.

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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 where there is plenty to do throughout the week.

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.


Frequently asked questions: Covid-19

Why have you cancelled Donkey Week?

Due to the ongoing spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus) and following recent UK Government actions and advice, we have closed all Donkey Sanctuary sites to the public and cancelled all events until UK Government advice changes.

This is an evolving situation and at the moment we are looking into the possibility of postponing Donkey Week until later in the year.

You can be rest assured that if and when we do have any news to give you we will let you know as soon as possible.

Will I get a refund for my coach tickets?

Yes. For those of you who have already made coach payments, we will be organising refunds in due course.

If you have any questions in relation to payments or any other arrangements in relation to Donkey Week, please contact us. <general enquiries webform>

Should I cancel my accommodation?

In light of the Government's actions and advice, we would ask that you follow their guidance in respect to travel to other places of the country.

Will this year be counted towards the number of years I have been attending Donkey Week?

Yes. We have only had to cancel Donkey Week once in all the years it has been running and that was during the Foot and Mouth outbreak. As in that year, everyone who booked to attend Donkey Week this year will have 2020 added to the number of years they have been joining us.

What will happen to my 10 year red shirt?

If it is your 10th year of attending Donkey Week, you will still be given your prized 10 year red shirt which will be presented to you at the next Donkey Week as well as receiving information about your Donkey Week donkey.