Carols By Candlelight: Sanctuary From Your Sofa

Carols By Candlelight: Sanctuary From Your Sofa


Carols by Candlelight evening and a Sanctuary from your Sofa visit to our Sidmouth sanctuary.

With our annual evening unable to take place in its normal form this year, we are determined that the show must go on and will be bringing the magic into your home with a virtual candlelight experience.

The recorded service will feature all of the usual favourites. Sit back and enjoy as we bring you traditional Christmas carols and readings in the company of many of our resident donkeys.

The candlelight service will be accompanied by live streamed catch ups with some of your favourite donkeys and members of our staff.


6pm: Live welcome from the Main Yard

A welcome and introduction to Carols by Candlelight. Slade House Farm Manager, Maxine Carter, will be joined by some of our adoption donkeys, so see if you can spot Bonnie or Ruby.


6.15pm: Carols by Candlelight

A pre-recorded video of this years' Carols by Candlelight service. The order of service will include:

Welcome from Mike Baker, CEO

Introduction to Carols by Candlelight by James Searle, Head of Commercial Activities

Opening prayer from The Reverend Stephen Knight

O Come, All Ye Faithful rendition

Bible reading from one of our Trustees

Silent Night rendition

A Christmas poem reading

Little Donkey rendition

Bible reading from one of our Trustees

Hark The Herald Angels Sing rendition

Christmas prayer and blessing by The Reverend Stephen Knight

We Wish You a Merry Christmas rendition


7pm: Live broadcast from Buffalo Barn

A live catch up with our Poitou donkey herd. Make sure you keep an eye open for Percy!


8pm: Live broadcast from Shelter 1

We'll be joining Farm Supervisor Marleen Stroes for a catch up with Timmy and Tommy, who were rescued from a horrific ordeal in 2016 and are now enjoying a life of sanctuary with us. Adoption donkeys Hannah and Cocoa will also be making an appearance.

* Please note that this schedule may be subject to change.

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