A fun family day out at the Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon is a great family attraction, with hundreds of donkeys who have all been rescued or relinquished to the charity by owners who are no longer able to look after them. Suzi Cretney, has been working in the Press Office for The Donkey Sanctuary and The Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for Children and Donkeys for a number of years and is really passionate about the sanctuary.

With three children, six nieces and nephews and a group of friends who are all producing babies at an astonishing rate, I am always looking for places that can entertain a group of lively children and please their pushchair and equipment-laden parents.

My first port of call is always The Donkey Sanctuary, not just because I work there and still love playing the tourist, but because it offers relaxed and hassle-free visits that not only keep bigger children happy but are ideal for the pushchair brigade. With miles of walks around the beautiful Devon countryside site and stunning sea views, the flat gravel or grass paths take you around the paddocks where you can meet some of the 5,000 donkeys that the charity cares for.

The attraction has hundreds of donkeys who have all been rescued or relinquished to the charity by owners who are no longer able to look after them. They’re such interesting and friendly animals that you’re sure to get plenty of inquisitive donkey noses to stroke. For a more up close encounter, the Main Yard area has a number of donkeys freely wondering about – perfect for cuddles.

I’ve had countless days out here with children of all ages and can always find something new to do, and I get extra brownie points for finding quiet picnic spots. Plus, my children think I spend my days at work cuddling donkeys!

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