Countdown starts as The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth is days away from reopening

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth has announced visitors have just days to wait until it reopens on Monday, May 17.

The animal charity said it has a number of Covid measures in place to keep visitors, staff and donkeys ‘as safe as possible’, including hand sanitisation points and a social distancing one-way route around the centre of the site.

John Crouch, visitor engagement manager at sanctuary, said the team ‘can’t wait’ to welcome back visitors.

He said: “We have all been looking forward to this day for some time, welcoming back our loyal supporters and visitors.

“The sanctuary always comes alive when it’s open, there is always such a nice atmosphere on site when people come together and enjoy their time with us and the donkeys.”


Photo: The Donkey Sanctuary.

As well as meeting the resident donkeys, visitors to the sanctuary can see the award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden, which is free to view.

The garden recently picked up the Community Award in the 2021 Association of Professional Landscapers’ awards.

The Donkeys Matter garden was designed to showcase the charity’s international work and won the BBC RHS People’s Choice Award in the Artisan Garden category at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.


The Donkeys Matter garden.
Photo: The Donkey Sanctuary.

When the sanctuary reopens it will also launch a new trail, for a cost, giving visitors the chance to explore the site and learn about the animals living there.

The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth is open seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm. Entry to the sanctuary is free, as is parking. Dogs on leads are welcome.

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