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A Fun Family Day out at The Donkey Sanctuary Summer Fair

The Donkey Sanctuary is holding its annual Donkey Summer Fair on Sunday 16 August at the charity’s headquarters in Sidmouth, Devon from 10am until 4pm with free admission and parking and plenty of fun for the whole family.

The Summer fair is the most anticipated family event in the charity’s calendar, promising a fun-packed day out for all. Entertainment includes the chance to meet the Sanctuary’s adoption donkeys and buy the perfect adoption gift pack, tombola, Punch and Judy shows, bouncy castle, face-painting, trailer rides and lots more!

Face painting fun at the summer fair

Early Bird Tickets Now Available For Leeds Pumpkin Ball

The Donkey Sanctuary is hosting a fundraising gala ball at the Leeds Marriot on Saturday 31 October to help support The Donkey Sanctuary’s work worldwide. Early bird tickets are now available.

The Pumpkin Ball promises a wonderful evening of food, drink, live music and DJ at this beautiful 4 star venue. Guests can expect a red carpet arrival, sparkling wine reception, delicious 3 course meal with wine, two private bars, a live auction with exciting and exclusive lots, including a Channel 4 Countdown package and the infamous lucky dip which guarantees a prize every time.

Ball shoes and donkey hoofs

New Donkey Care Handbook Release

The Donkey Sanctuary is delighted to announce the release of the new Donkey Care Handbook.

The Donkey Sanctuary’s 45 years of experience and knowledge in caring for donkeys has been gathered together in one easy to read guide that covers every aspect of understanding the needs of donkeys and mules and how to best provide the correct care for them.

New Donkey Care Handbook available

Car Show at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth

The Donkey Sanctuary is holding its first Car Show at Sidmouth on 5 July 2015 from 10am – 2pm.

A whole range of cars are ready to be showcased from the vintage era to the modern day classics, lovingly presented by their owners and clubs.

All visitors will be given the opportunity to enter the free prize draw to win some fantastic car cleaning products! For the exhibitors, there will be a ‘Show & Shine’ competition with various different categories and also an award for the ‘Best in Show’.

Car Show at The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth

Family Dog Show at The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth is holding a Family Dog Show on Sunday 21 June, from 11:30am to 3:00pm.

A special dog themed fun day is taking place at The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth. There will be classes suitable for everyone and every dog! A lunch time auction with some amazing prizes will be up for grabs! So don’t forget to bring your bidding cash and your loudest shout! This is a day the whole family will enjoy, with face painting and a bouncy castle for the kids and have-a-go fly ball for everyone to get involved with.

Family Dog Show at The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth

Summer Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast

The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast’s fantastic Summer Fair is back on Saturday 20 June from 10am to 3pm, packed with plenty of fun for the whole family including the chance to meet and adopt the resident donkeys. Admission and parking is free.

Visitors can take the opportunity to meet, cuddle or adopt a resident donkey.

There will also be a host of games and activities including donkey rides for small children, bouncy castles and an assault course, face-painting, tombola, raffle, as well as a wide range of stalls and a delicious barbecue.

Summer Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast

Fun Dog Show at The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds

The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds is holding a Fun Dog Show on Sunday 7 June 2015, from 11am to 3pm.

A special dog themed fun day is taking place at The Donkey Sanctuary in Eccup. There will be classes suitable for everyone and every dog! An agility display will be on the agenda with a chance for you to have a go with your own dog as well as a ‘doggy dash’ to find the fastest pooch. This is a day the whole family will enjoy, and for those hard working owners and friends there will be refreshments to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

Leeds Fun Dog Show

Summer Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary Ivybridge

The Donkey Sanctuary Ivybridge’s fantastic Summer Fair is back on Saturday 6 June from 10am to 4pm, packed with plenty of fun for the whole family including the chance to meet and adopt the resident donkeys. Admisison and parking is free.

The whole family can enjoy demonstrations, games such as welly wangling, a fun fair and displays from Colours Martial Arts and Fusion Dance and South Hams Hawks and Owls stalls.

Canine Capers will be holding a dog agility demonstration and dog show with classes including prettiest bitch, best child handler and waggiest tail.

Summer Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary Ivybridge

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