An award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden, summer fair and, of course, the animals….what’s on at The Donkey Sanctuary

Summer fun at The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth includes an award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden, a fair and a special new trail.  

The charity’s 50thanniversary celebrations continue with a host of activities and events for families during the school holidays.

From the ‘People’s Choice Award’ winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden, to the annual Summer Fair and the new ‘Adoption Donkey Guess Who Trail’.

The award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden has been recreated in Sidmouth. Picture: The Donkey Sanctuary

The award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden has been recreated in Sidmouth. Picture: The Donkey Sanctuary

The ‘People’s Choice Award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden has been rebuilt in Sidmouth and is a lasting legacy from the prestigious event. It was designed to showcase the charity’s international work and celebrate half a century of transforming the lives of donkeys and mules.

The brand new ‘Adoption Donkey Guess Who Trail’ gives visitors the chance to discover which of the nine adoption donkeys at Sidmouth is the most playful, has the fluffiest ears or is the biggest in the herd.

By following clues around the sanctuary, visitors can find out which adoption donkey is hiding behind stable doors. The trail runs right throughout the summer months. The cost for each trail is £3 with a prize on completion.

There are, of course, plenty of donkeys to meet. picture: The Donkey Sanctuary

There are, of course, plenty of donkeys to meet. picture: The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary’s award-winning Summer Fair is back on Sunday, August 11, promising a day of serious feel-good fun for the whole family.

The packed day features live music and entertainment, donkey demonstrations, family games, plus the chance to meet and greet some of the adorable resident donkeys. Admission to the Summer Fair costs £2.50 per adult, under-12s are free.

There are hundreds of donkeys cared for at the sanctuary, including the gentle giant Poitous and adorable miniature donkeys.

The scenic trails are at their very best at this time of year, making it a great time to stroll around the paddocks, through Hermitage Woods and even down to the sea.

Little ones can burn off steam in the maze and outdoor play area, too.

All proceeds go towards The Donkey Sanctuary’s work in the community and worldwide.

Entry and parking at The Donkey Sanctuary is free. Dogs on leads are welcome.

For more information, visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/events

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