This is one of the largest, best supported and most loved charities for animal welfare.
Set amongst the rolling Devon hill overlooking the sea above Sidmouth , this is a place to pop in o spend a full day. No one will fail to be delighted whatever their age or circumstance.
I copy the first words from their website.
‘The Donkey Sanctuary was founded in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, MBE. She dedicated her life to champion donkeys, and it is through her devotion that the Sanctuary grew to be the international charity it is today.’
Elizabeth was an inspirational woman. Through her work, thousands of donkeys have been saved throughout the world and countless special needs children given riding therapy.
As a day out it is unusual in that it is free.
For families, there are inexpensive activities – craft, donkey grooming etc and plenty of picnic tables. A challenging maze also. Children, and adults too, can pet the donkeys.
For all ages – many signposted walks, information centre, shop and reasonably priced restaurant.
One of my favourite corners is the remembrance garden where you can sit peacefully and watch the butterflies dance.
It is a tranquil place no matter how crowded. No playground – but not necessary.
Pay it a visit if you’re nearby.