Sidmouth: Kids can go ‘batty’ and get creative with free summer activities at The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth is gearing up to host East Devon’s Creative Cabin next month, with free hands-on activities and the chance to learn about bats and wildlife.

The mobile creative space will be at the animal sanctuary on Monday, August 9 and Tuesday, August 10, offering ‘completely batty’ activities to learn more about the grey long-haired bat.

Activities include making flying bat models, masks and wildflowers seed bombs, to attract bees into gardens at home.

The Creative Cabin’s free drop-in activities run from 11am until 3pm and follow Covid-safe guidelines.

Visitors can also join in the bat discovery trail around the sanctuary, led by the charity’s Ecology and Conservation manager, Ruth Angell. She will highlight what has been done to help improve the landscape for bats and other native wildlife.

She said: “We strive to provide our donkeys with the highest standards of welfare. Providing our donkeys with a healthy and sustainable environment, not only supports the wildlife living on our sites, but also supports the health of our herd, providing enrichment opportunities that allow them to exhibit more of their natural behaviours.”

John Crouch, Visitor Engagement Manager at The Donkey Sanctuary, said: “It’s really exciting to be hosting the Creative Cabin at the sanctuary.

“As custodians of this beautiful corner of Devon, we want to encourage families to appreciate the rich and varied wildlife we are privileged to share our land with.”

He added: “We look forward to seeing our loyal supporters and visitors over the summer. “We’ve increased our picnic areas to provide relaxing spaces to kick back and spend quality time with family and friends once again.”

There will also be the chance to see The Donkey Sanctuary’s award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden, which is free to view.

The Donkeys Matter garden, designed to showcase the charity’s international work, won the BBC RHS People’s Choice Award in the Artisan Garden category at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and also picked up the Community Award in the 2021 Association of Professional Landscapers’ awards.

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

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