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.

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

VIP Experience

Dates: Monday – Friday

Times: 10:30am or 1pm

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.

Please note we require 14 days’ notice to book a VIP experience. Please read the terms and conditions before booking.

Price: £100 per person (up to two people per VIP experience)

Socrates braying at DAT session with Pete's Dragons

Junior VIP Experience

Dates: 31 March, 2 April, 30 July, 4 August, 6 August, 13 August, 27 October and 29 October.

Times: 13:30pm – 15:30pm

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 facilitated learning sessions, donkey grooming and making an enrichment toy for the donkeys to play with.

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

Donkey grooming

All Things Donkey

Dates: 10 July and 18 September

Times: 9am – 1pm

A 4-hour immersive group experience which includes meeting various donkey herds, mucking out the stables and grooming the donkeys, tea and cake at The Kitchen restaurant and an in-depth behind the scenes tour of the farm.

Price: £120 per person

Junior Vet Day

Junior Vet Day

Dates: 8 April, 28 July, 19 August and 27 October

Times: 9am – 4pm

A fascinating and insightful experience that has been specifically developed for 11-15 year olds interested in a career in veterinary care, allowing them to experience what it's really like to be ‘a vet for the day'. Aspiring junior vets will work with the sanctuary’s qualified veterinary staff to learn how to diagnose and treat Hettie, the poorly donkey, from in-depth examinations, medication, anatomy, pathology and dentistry to hoof problems and surgery.

This experience is based at The Donkey Sanctuary’s state-of-the-art donkey hospital at Brookfield Farm near Honiton, Devon.

Price: £120 per child (11-15 years old)

Bray and Stay - donkeys and campers

Bray and Stay

Dates: 6-7 June | 18-19 July | 6-7 August | 5-6 Sept

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: £150 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 email events@thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk.

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