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Our donkeys

These intelligent, inquisitive and stoic animals come in all shapes, sizes, colours and coat texture. They enjoy human interaction and our free roaming main yard donkeys will lap up your love and attention.

The 500 donkeys, mules and hinnies at our Sidmouth farm come from all walks of life.

Many were unwanted or had been neglected in their previous life, like Laurel and Hardy who can be found in New Barn. Others have come from loving homes but due to a change in circumstances, they have needed to come into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary.

Come and visit our adoption donkeys and make a friend for life. There are special Meet the Groom sessions running twice a day which offer a chance for you to hear all the donkeys’ latest stories and get to know these delightful characters better.

Top Tip: Take a stroll along one of the many walks leading out from the centre of the Sanctuary. There are many more donkeys to be found than those in the heart of the Sanctuary. You may also find our Nature Centre, the Field of Dreams, or head down into the mystical Hermitage Woods.

Maze & Outdoor Play Area

Our wide grass walkways are perfect for little people to safely explore the farm where they will find the donkey paddocks and our outdoor farm-themed play area with vintage red tractor.

Located across the road from the heart of the Sanctuary, our maze is open all year round and is the perfect place for kids to burn off some steam!

Please note, dogs are not allowed in the outdoor play area.


We run events throughout the year, from daily holiday activities and weekend treasure hunts to family fun days, car shows and nature events. For more information on our upcoming events, please visit our events calendar.

Guided walks

During the Summer, we run guided walks from our Visitors' Centre and Gift Shop every Thursday and Friday at 11am where you will be taken around the farm and can find out more about our donkeys.

Times and days may vary so please contact us on 01395 578222 when planning your visit.

If you would like to know more about our beautiful adoption donkeys you can attend one of our twice daily Meet the Groom sessions.


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Donkey assisted interaction

We offer donkey assisted interaction to local school children with additional needs. If you know someone who would benefit, then call the team on 01395 573009. For details on forthcoming events being offered as part of our donkey assisted interaction programme, please check our online calendar of events.

Come and meet our wonderful team of donkeys - they love to meet new people and you can discover their unique characters and stories.