Join our magical star on a journey of discovery, shining a light on the stories of donkeys all around the world. 

Find the 9 boards located around the sanctuary and using the clues to help you, spot the Christmas items hidden on each board to complete the Christmas crossword. When completed, the crossword spells out a special phrase that describes something you all have! 

You’ll finish the trail at our ‘Glow Room’, where you’ll discover a fairytale ending for our three little donkeys, Gilly, Holly and Snowy. Once you’ve followed the star that glows in your eyes, head to the Gift Shop to collect your prize. 

This magical activity combines festive family fun, exercise and brainpower and is just £5 per trail, including a Christmas gift on completion. Head to the Gift Shop to pick up a trail sheet and away you go on your journey. 

Plus with daily talks, scenic walks, engaging exhibits, award-winning gardens and, of course, hundreds of adorable donkeys to meet, there’s so much to explore with your own herd, whatever the weather. 

Take sanctuary in our Taste of the West award-winning restaurant, The Kitchen, and enjoy fresh, local, seasonal produce while soaking in the unparalleled coast and country views. Breakfasts, lunches and tempting afternoon treats are served daily, with every penny of profit helping donkeys and mules around the world.

Before heading home, browse our Gift Shop at leisure in the knowledge that every purchase goes towards helping donkeys in need. Packed with unique donkey-design items and souvenirs, you will find something for everyone. 

Make the day your own, but above all else, fall in love with our herds of donkeys. 

From humble beginnings as a UK rescue mission over 50 years ago, The Donkey Sanctuary has grown into one of the world’s largest equine welfare charities. 

Entry and parking at the sanctuary is FREE (donations welcome). Dogs on leads are welcome. We’ve a range of safety measures in place to protect our visitors, staff, volunteers and donkeys, so please visit our Sidmouth sanctuary page for full details on visiting.