Sanctuary blooms under lockdown

Authored by Mary

Wildlife has thrived under lockdown at The Donkey Sanctuary’s international headquarters in Sidmouth, as paths, walkways and verges have become a riot of pinks, purples, blues and yellows after wildflowers reaped the benefit of quieter conditions.

The Donkey Sanctuary attracts around 400,000 visitors a year, but with the sanctuary temporarily closed to visitors due to the coronavirus...

The Donkey Sanctuary

Royal foal celebrates first birthday at The Donkey Sanctuary

Authored by Mary

Sweet Pea, the donkey named by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, during a visit to The Donkey Sanctuary’s international headquarters in Sidmouth, Devon, last year has celebrated her first birthday.

A year ago today (Friday 17 July), The Duchess, visited the Sidmouth based charity to commemorate its 50th anniversary year. Now grooms at the animal welfare charity have shared some new...

The Donkey Sanctuary remains closed to visitors

Authored by Mary

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth will remain temporarily closed to visitors despite the lifting of some lockdown restrictions from Saturday July 4.

The charity’s international headquarters in Sidmouth welcomes around 400,000 visitors every year, and with such a large number congregating on site from across the UK, there is the heightened risk to the charity’s staff whose main...

Devon dogs lead the way on social distancing

Authored by Mary

As The Cornish Bakery carefully reopens its properties across the UK with a full set of new measures and processes in place, these dogs in Sidmouth are leading the way with a fine example of social distancing measures whilst they patiently wait to enjoy award-winning pasties, coffees, pastries and cakes.

Goooood boys!

All donkeys great and small find their sanctuary in Devon

Authored by Mary

A group of seven donkeys comprising of one of the largest breeds, and one of the smallest, have been relinquished into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon.

Due to a change in their owner’s circumstances, the three large Poitou donkeys, and four Mediterranean Miniature donkeys were taken into the care of the international animal welfare charity and will now have a home for life...

Enjoy another virtual day out at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth

Authored by Mary

Following the hugely successful first ‘Sanctuary From Your Sofa’ event on Easter Monday, which reached over one million people, The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth will be hosting another day of live Facebook broadcasts this coming Bank Holiday Monday (25 May).

The donkey interaction starts at 10am and promises to be another full day of virtual visitor experiences, giving people the...

Crunch time for Sidmouth donkeys thanks to Waitrose donation

Authored by Mary

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth received a special treat for its resident donkeys this week, thanks to a generous donation of 150kg of carrots from the local Waitrose store.

The mountain of carrots, kindly donated by Sidmouth Waitrose on Stowford Rise, was met with delight by staff and donkeys alike at The Donkey Sanctuary’s international headquarters in Sidmouth.


The Donkey Sanctuary donates 3,000 Easter Eggs to Sidmouth Foodbank

Authored by Mary

The Donkey Sanctuary has donated 3,000 packs of small chocolate Easter Eggs to the Sid Valley Food Bank in Sidmouth. The donated eggs will now be given to patients and staff at Sidmouth Hospital, local families who are supported by the Food Bank and key workers throughout the community.

Due to The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth being closed to visitors because of the coronaviruses...

Temporary glass flood defence panel to be tested on Sidmouth esplanade

Authored by Sarah Parker

Glass panel will be exposed to the elements to see if it is a sufficiently robust form of flood defence for Sidmouth

As part of work to progress the Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan, a temporary glass splash defence test panel is due to be installed week commencing 20 January 2020 on top of the existing sea wall, mid-way between the York Street and Fore Street road junctions...

Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan FAQ web pages updated and project’s next steps outlined

Authored by Mike Page

East Devon District Council has updated and extended the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page of the Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan (BMP) section on the East Devon website to incorporate a number of recent developments within the scheme, which it was felt would be beneficial to the public to have further explanation.

The BMP FAQs are designed to help improve public...


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