Go behind the scenes and get up close and personal with the resident donkeys at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon.

Treat yourself or loved ones to some donkey time and we’ll provide a lifetime of unforgettable memories. We offer a range of unique experiences catering for different ages and requirements, from one-to-one donkey grooming and camping down among Devon’s donkeys to practical veterinary care.

All our experiences provide exclusive access to our donkeys, something that is just not available to the everyday visitor. So whether you’re looking to ‘upgrade’ your day visit or buy the perfect gift for loved ones, our donkey experiences provide the answer.

Donkey Experience Day - hands on with donkeys

All Things Donkey

Dates: 24 April | 22 May | 19 June | 17 July | 24 July | 21 August | 28 August | 18 September

Time: 9am – 1pm

Get hands-on with our donkeys! Experience grooming, cuddling and mucking out their stables in this immersive 4-hour group experience.

Price: £100 including tea and cake in The Kitchen restaurant

Visitor enjoys getting close to our donkeys with All Things Donkey experience

VIP Experience

Dates: Monday – Friday throughout 2019

Time: 9am – 11am

A two-hour one-to-one session with the donkeys, which includes donkey grooming, donkey care and a special ‘meet and greet’ with our gentle giants, the Poitous.

Price: £80

Junior Vet Day

Junior Vet Day

Dates: 11 April | 30 July | 22 August | 23 October

Time: 9am - 4pm

Designed for 11-15 year olds interested in pursuing a career in veterinary care.

Led by the sanctuary’s qualified veterinary staff, aspiring junior vets will learn how to diagnose and treat Hettie, the poorly donkey, from in-depth examinations, medication, anatomy, pathology and dentistry to hoof problems and surgery - all based at our state-of-the-art veterinary hospital near Honiton.

Each child receives a comprehensive workbook to complete during the day.

Price: £120

Bray and Stay - donkeys and campers

Bray and Stay

Dates: To be confirmed

Time: 3pm – 11am

Pitch up down among the donkeys and enjoy a truly unique overnight experience at The Donkey Sanctuary.

Make friends with some of our donkeys, go wild on our dusk nature walk, enjoy dinner at The Kitchen restaurant and a hearty breakfast in the morning, once you have mucked out the donkeys and given them their breakfast!

Price: To be confirmed

Book an experience or buy a gift voucher

To book any of the above experiences or to buy a gift voucher, please call the events team on 01395 573156 or email events@thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk.

Gift vouchers can be sent directly to the recipient with a personalised message.