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The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary is a leading equine charity with its headquarters in rural Devon. We are located close to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We aim to transform the quality of life for donkeys and mules, along with the people who depend on them worldwide. Here at our Sidmouth Sanctuary we have over 200 donkeys and mules who have been given a safe and caring home for life. We offer a range of educational services including onsite visits, curriculum resources via our website and presentations / assemblies in schools to tell the story of our worldwide work in 30 countries.


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  • Coach parking
  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access

Donkey paddocks, donkey petting, donkey barns, beech maze, nature centre, woodland, walks, visitor centre / shop, Hayloft restaurant, covered eating space by arrangement, picnic site, wild flower meadows. A range of educational tasks and activities are available to meet a variety of curriculum needs.


Entry to the site and parking are free. Free educational tours available to booked groups and free resources on our website to aid your visit. We do look for a donation for activities such as donkey grooming, as we rely completely on fundraising and donations for our operating costs.

What we can offer

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Self-guided activities
  • Set programmes
  • Tailored programmes

A range of free primary national curriculum resources are available via our website. These have been written with teachers, schools and subject specialists and we are always keen to recruit further partner schools who wish to develop resources with us.


CEVAS Accredited

This place has CEVAS accredited personnel.

CEVAS stands for Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme. A nationally recognised accreditation, the scheme offers training for individuals who are working – or plan to work – with groups of school children, young people or clients with additional needs.

Other Accreditations

Visit England, Visitor Attraction Scheme, quality assured attraction. Qualified and experienced teacher organising educational visits.

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