For people looking for the perfect place to bring their dads this year, the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary has all the ingredients for a unique day.
Father’s Day (20th June 2010) provides the perfect opportunity to devote a day to saying thanks to those often forgotten heroes who go by the name ‘dad’ and The Donkey Sanctuary is the ideal venue for celebrations. From spending time with the donkeys to sampling the range of extra-special local ales in the restaurant, hard-working dads are sure to appreciate a day of fun at the Sanctuary.
Things to do this Father’s Day at The Donkey Sanctuary:
- Visit the magnificent Poitou donkeys; these gentle giants with their unusual long thick coats can be seen along Walk A. See if you can spot Barney, a standard sized donkey with an outgoing and boisterous character. He thrives among the group of Poitous who are much bigger than him and can handle his ‘larger than life’ personality.
- Visit the Hayloft Restaurant and take advantage of a very special Father’s Day Pie and Pudding deal – homemade traditional pies with roast potatoes and vegetables plus a delicious pudding for £7.50. You could team your meal up with one of a range of local ales or ciders available.
- Tackle some of the more challenging walks around the Sanctuary. Get back in touch with nature on Walk D by clambering over stiles and through some stunning coastal landscapes until you reach the dramatic and breathtaking steps down to the hidden gem of Weston beach.
- Visit the Nature Centre and take the kids on a hunt for mini-beasts in amongst the woods and pathways along Walk E.
- Find the perfect gift. Adopting one of the adorable donkeys from The Donkey Sanctuary’s sister charity the Elisabeth Svendsen Trust helps to fund donkey riding therapy sessions for local children with additional needs and disabilities. Information about adopting a donkey is available from the Visitors’ Centre.
The Donkey Sanctuary is open 365 days a year from 9.00am until dusk with free admission and parking.