Sidmouth: Free activity sessions on offer over Easter at The Donkey Sanctuary

Free sessions over Easter helping to entertain the donkeys at the sanctuary in Sidmouth aim to teach about the health and wellbeing of the animals.

The Donkey Sanctuary is gearing up for the Easter holidays with the launch of three free activity sessions, making ‘enrichment’ toys and treats for the animals to play with.

The enrichment sessions will be held on Thursday, April 14, at 11am, Tuesday, April 19, at 2pm, and at 11am on Thursday, April 21.

Sessions are free and no pre-booking is required, although spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served, basis.

A spokesman for charity said: “Visitors can take part in three activity sessions held at the sanctuary, where they can learn about the importance of enrichment and how this promotes the health and wellbeing of the donkeys.

“During these free sessions, visitors will be able to make enrichment items like fruit and vegetable kebabs and sensory boxes, then enjoy the fruits of their labour watching the donkeys play with their creations.”

He added: “Alongside all this, there are daily talks, scenic walks, engaging exhibits, award-winning gardens and, of course, hundreds of adorable donkeys to meet.”

The Donkey Sanctuary, which is open daily over Easter, has also announced a nature trail, where visitors can take part in craft activities and take their creations home.

The Easter Nature Trail is £5, runs from now until to April 24, to include an Easter egg and a biodegradable bag of seeds to help to create a wildflower meadow at home.

The Donkey Sanctuary spokesman said: “The new Easter Nature Trail provides the perfect opportunity for people to visit and explore the whole sanctuary with family and friends, while discovering which animals live alongside the resident donkeys in the various habitats across the sanctuary’s land.

“Using trail sheets, people will be able to find the habitats located around the sanctuary to reveal which animal lives there, as well as learning how encouraging biodiversity and maintaining these habitats and natural ecosystems helps contribute to the health and wellbeing of the donkeys.”

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

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