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 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

Times: Available start times between 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 VIP experience

Junior VIP Experience

Dates: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 29 July – 15 August and 21 - 24 October (subject to availability)

Times: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Make your child or grandchild’s day at the sanctuary extra special and treat them to some one-to-one hands-on donkey time.

This two-hour experience includes a meet and greet with our special donkeys who provide Donkey-Assisted Therapy sessions, donkey grooming and making an enrichment toy for the donkeys to play with.

Price: £60 per child (6-16 year olds and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Junior Vet Day

Junior Vet Day

Dates: 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: 31 August - 1 September

Time: 3pm – 1pm

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

Make friends with our donkeys, tuck into fish and chips around the campfire, go wild on our dusk nature walk and enjoy a hearty breakfast in the morning – after mucking out the donkeys and giving them their breakfast, of course.

Price: £120 per adult and £30 for under 16s.

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.