Halloween Half Term at the Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

Tel: 01395 578222

Children enjoy carving pumpkins during Halloween half term at The Donkey Sanctuary


Have a scream this Halloween with the Donkey Trick or Treat Trail and Pumpkin Carving, plus meet hundreds of friendly donkeys, explore the exciting indoor attractions and enjoy fresh flavoursome food at The Kitchen restaurant.

Donkey Trick or Treat Trail
Saturday 19 October – Sunday 3 November, from 9am
Do you know how the sanctuary keep their donkeys happy and healthy? Follow the pumpkin trail around the sanctuary to discover things that help keep the donkeys happy (a treat), as well as those things that are not so good for them (a trick). Find all the tricks among the treats and receive a sweet surprise and certificate on completion; just £3 per trail.

Pumpkin carving
Wednesday 23 – Thursday 31 October, 11am - 3pm
Pick a pumpkin and get creative carving your spooky masterpiece, ready to take home and display at Halloween. Just £3 per pumpkin.

Experience the great outdoors this autumn and explore the scenic trails where you'll come face to face with the hundreds of donkeys cared for at the sanctuary, including the gentle giant Poitous, lovable adoption donkeys and ever-so cute miniature donkeys. It is also a great time to enjoy an autumnal walk through the woods and even venture down to the sea, before trying your luck in the maze, which will have you guessing from start to finish.

Visit the award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden, created to celebrate the charity's 50th anniversary and highlight the vital importance of donkeys in providing some of the world's poorest and most vulnerable communities with access to clean, fresh water. Learn more about their worldwide work and why donkeys are so special through fun, interactive displays in the Exhibition Barn and Understanding Donkeys Zone or join one of the daily tours, talks or demonstrations.

Take sanctuary in their Taste of the West award-winning restaurant, The Kitchen, where you can enjoy fresh, local, seasonal produce while soaking in the unparalleled coast and country views. Discover their new Sunday Brunch menu - the perfect weekend treat to enjoy with friends, family and fabulous views. And for unique donkey-design items and souvenirs to remember your visit by, head to the well-stocked Gift Shop.

The Donkey Sanctuary celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, after being founded as a charity in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. It has many achievements to celebrate and a renewed vision for the future that will transform the welfare of donkeys and mules across the world.

Entry and parking at the sanctuary is FREE (donations welcome). Dogs on leads are welcome.

Further information
01395 578222 | enquiries@thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

All proceeds help fund the work of The Donkey Sanctuary Worldwide.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

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



Road Directions

The sanctuary is situated just 30 minutes from M5 Junction 30 on the A3052 between Sidford and Seaton. On leaving Sidford follow the brown tourist sign at the top of the hill.

Public Transport Directions

Bus stops are located within easy walking distance for the following services: Axe Valley Mini Travel 899, Stagecoach 9A (Exeter - Seaton). If you are on foot, access to the Sanctuary can be found via Weston Mouth on the South West Coast Path whilst cyclists will find us on National Cycle Network route 2.

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