Tuesday 3 January 2012

Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth Devon

We 1st visited the donkey sanctuary in June 2011 and then again in the August. We have been several times since then and always enjoy our visits.

Eddie and Cat chillaxing at the Donkey Sanctuary!
When we 1st heard about the Donkey Sanctuary I thought it would just be a few stables with old donkeys in and some benches to sit on ... but it's so much more. 

There's a large area of land with many different walks and trails to do around the site. Various paddocks and barns containing Donkeys, Mules and I believe we have seen a horse or two as well.

Dogs are very welcome, though I think we are suppose stay on our leads, there is a water bowl outside the shop for us to have a drink, plenty of poop bins around the area and lots of things to sniff around the walks; as well as plenty of grass for us to have a lie down and enjoy picnics. 

There are lots of donkeys who are all very well cared for and are very friendly animals who love to be petted and hugged and are obviously very happy here. 
Cat and Little Pippa getting to know each other. 

You will find lots of info all around about the individual donkeys and their history, their breed and the donkey sanctuary it self.

Benches situated around park so you can sit and watch the donkeys, have a picnic, etc. Well stocked shop with souvenirs of your visit, stationary, stuffies, magnets, cards, etc. Dogs are even allowed in the shop (or atleast they didn't complain when I walked in to see what my hooman was up to on our last visit! Restaurant/ cafe on site although we've not used this. (I'm not sure about it's dog friendlyness!).

Cat's enjoying her visit. 

Donation boxes are dotted around for you to give to the cause but there is no pressure to donate or sponsor animals but after seeing the place and meeting the animals you will most definitely want to donate something to the sanctuary. 

2 of my new fwends at the farm
Take the time to pop across the road to trowe farm and see the Donkeys over there. They are all older or special needs donkeys and dont get as many visitors as the main site. 

We all love the donkey sanctuary. Humans and Hounds. 5 out of 5 



  1. Great site and reviews - we went to donkey sanctuary for first time last June and like you surprised at what it has to offer.

    I live on the Dorset Jurassic coast which has plenty of coast and countryside for dogs - although greyhounds might prefer the sand at Charmouth more than my local beaches at Cogden, Burton Bradstock and West Bay. It's surprising how dog friendly the beaches and pubs etc are - even in the summer (The local TIC will provide a map of dog friendly beaches on request).

    Woof woof

  2. Hi Hannah. We were down in Dorset in August for Cats birthday (as you prob saw if you have been following the blog). We stayed at the farm next to Corfe castle. Went to swanage, Bournemouth, weymouth, Blue pool, corfe model village. Obviously we ate at the Greyhound pub :) and also the castle pub in Lulworth cove which was lovely.
    We will have a look at beaches and areas you mentioned as we would love to go back to Dorset again. Perhaps we will bump in to you!