Christmas Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary

Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

Tel: 01395 573156

Christmas Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary


Kick-start your Christmas shopping and bring little ones to meet Santa at The Donkey Sanctuary's fabulously festive Christmas Fair in Sidmouth, Devon.

The sanctuary's indoor arena will be packed with over 50 talented traders selling wonderfully unique items, from beautiful gifts and local crafts to delicious edible treats.

Santa will put in a special appearance over the weekend and taking residence in his Grotto, will provide little ones with a magical Christmas experience to remember. Santa tickets are £4 including a small, age appropriate gift. Tickets will be available to purchase each day on a first come, first served basis.

On Saturday 23 November from 1-1:30pm, the East Devon Rock Choir will bring lots of festive cheer to the Fair and entertain with performances of Christmas classics that’ll have you singing along in no time. 

Try your luck at winning some of the fantastic prizes up for grabs in the ‘pick a prize’ raffle (just in time for Christmas!) and don’t forget to enter the complimentary prize draw for the star prize of the day. 

Winter-warming refreshments will be available from The Off Road Café and Fanny Annie’s or head over to The Kitchen restaurant for wholesome breakfasts, delicious lunches and afternoon delights. Also, discover the new Sunday Brunch menu from 9am-3pm – a weekend treat best served with friends, family and fabulous views.

There are of course hundreds of friendly donkeys to meet while you’re at the sanctuary, including the gentle giant Poitous, lovable adoption donkeys and adorable miniature donkeys. Now it wouldn’t be Christmas if the donkeys didn’t get a present (and a stocking to hide it in)! Follow the Christmas Stocking Trail to discover what each of the adoption donkeys are getting this year – for a present of your own. Just £3 including a prize and certificate, available from the Visitor Centre.



£2.50 including complimentary prize draw entry, under 12s FREE. Entry and parking at the sanctuary is free. Dogs on leads welcome.

All proceeds go directly to the worldwide work of The Donkey Sanctuary.


Further information: 01395 573156 |

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult (including complimentary prize draw)£2.50 per person per day
Christmas Stocking Trail£3.00 per person per day
Under 12'sFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



Road Directions

By car

The nearest motorway to The Donkey Sanctuary is the M5 which serves the West Country. Getting off at Junction 30 at Exeter will take you on the A3052 for 13 miles until you reach the Sanctuary. The A35 and the A30 also serve East Devon and the Jurassic Coast. Why not design your own journey by using the AA Route Planneravailable online.

Satnav users can enter the postcode EX10 0NU

Our car park includes a coach park lane with parking for 3 coaches, with drop off outside the main walkway to the entrance (both ramp and stairs). Larger group visits will need to be booked in advance on 01395 578222.

We also have 14 disabled parking spaces to allow accessibility to the Sanctuary for wheelchair users.

There are two free electric car charging points, available on a first come first served basis.

Public Transport Directions

By bus

Local bus routes serving The Donkey Sanctuary include the 899 Axe Valley Mini Travel, 9A (Exeter – Lyme Regis) and 52 Exeter to Seaton.

By bike

We are bike friendly and The Donkey Sanctuary sits on Route 2 of the National Cycle Network. The route between Sidmouth and Lyme Regis passes Trow Farm on Dunscombe Lane. Continue on Dunscombe Lane, crossing over the roundabout, until you reach the sanctuary's main visitor entrance. There is a bike rack (uncovered) at the main entrance.

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