Bank holiday invitation to visit Sidmouth’s donkeys from the comfort of your own sofa

Fans of The Donkey Sanctuary are invited to a virtual day out in Sidmouth on bank holiday Monday to see the animals and chat to staff who look after them.

The interactive day, starting at 10am on May 25, is a repeat of a similar successful online event held by the sanctuary over Easter, which reached more than a million people.

The latest Sanctuary From Your Sofa event includes five Facebook Live broadcasts, each lasting 15 minutes, and a pre-recorded link at 12 noon, with the charity’s donkey-assisted therapy centres across the UK.

Maxine Carter, Sidmouth sanctuary farm manager, said: “Following the success of the Easter Monday event, we wanted to provide another opportunity for people to catch up with our donkeys at the sanctuary and find out how staff are continuing to provide the highest level of care.”

Virtual visitors can expect highlights including meeting adoption donkeys Hannah, Cocoa, Timothy, Walter and Millie, who all live in shelter one.


The Donkey Sanctuary will broadcast a series of Facebook Live events.

At 11am there is the chance to hear how The Donkey Sanctuary began, from its humble beginnings to today’s international charity.

The charity’s equine behaviour expert, Ben Hart, will talk about his role at the organisation, with a broadcast starting at 1pm.

The cameras will visit the group of Miniature Mediterranean donkeys in their paddock at 2pm.

The final broadcast, at 3pm, is about the importance of keeping donkeys mentally stimulated. Adoption donkeys Ashley and Zena will help explain, taking part in some ‘enrichment’ activities.

Each live Facebook broadcast will be led by the charity’s grooms, who spend their time caring for the donkeys at the Sidmouth sanctuary.

To find out more, and to how access the live Sanctuary From Your Sofa broadcasts, visit The Donkey Sanctuary’s website here.

Monday’s Sanctuary From Your Sofa broadcast includes:
10am – Catch up with the adoption donkeys in shelter one.
11am – A talk on the Sidmouth donkeys with Dean Hancock, visitor services assistant.
12noon – Pre-recorded link up with the charity’s donkey-assisted therapy centres around the UK.
1pm – A chat with equine behaviourist Ben Hart about his work.
2pm – Visit the Mediterranean Miniature donkeys in their paddock.
3pm – Watch some of the Sidmouth donkeys enjoying an enrichment activity.


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