Ferry Travel

You will need to visit the Isle of Wight via ferry, so please follow these instructions: ...from Southampton Take either the Red Funnel Car Ferry (1hr) to East Cowes or the Red Jet (20 mins) to West Cowes. They go back and forward regularly throughout the day. ...from Portsmouth Take either the Wightlink Car Ferry (35 mins) to Fishbourne or the Wightlink Catamaran (15 mins) to Ryde Pier Head. They go back and forward regularly throughout the day.

Bus Travel

If you would like to visit the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary via bus, please follow these instructions: ...from Newport From Newport Bus Station, you will need to take the No.3; it leaves Newport Bus Station at 5 mins and 35 mins past each hour throughout the day. ...from Ryde From Ryde Bus Station, you will need to take the No.3; it leaves Ryde Bus Station at 15 mins and 45 mins past each hour throughout the day. Please note, this is a much longer journey than Newport.


We are sorry to announce that during the night, Poppy's medical condition deteriorated badly; this morning Poppy was very poorly again. Our vets immediately checked her over and it was very apparent that the internal bleed had re-occurred and her condition was more serious than last week. Our vets spoke to the Liphook Equine Hospital [...]

The Perfect Gift For Mother’s Day

Do something different for mum on Mother's Day. Why not surprise at your mum to a marvelous gift at The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary? For just £9.99, you can treat your mum to a special "Donkey Groom" or "Walk a Donkey" package along with a cream or savoury tea. Special adoptions of our 'mum' [...]

Pray For Poppy

To all supporters of the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. This evening our adoption donkey Poppy was rushed into Liphook Equine Hospital for emergency treatment. Poppy appears to be suffering from some internal issues which need the very best medical care; our staff noticed today that she was very listless and called the vet. Tim [...]

St Patrick’s Day Celebration Weekend

St Patrick's Day Celebration Weekend On Sunday 19th March, we're having a special St Patrick's Day celebration. Come and see Paddy, Murphy, Paddy O and Seamus who will be out and about meeting the public. There will be "Special Adoptions" of our Irish donkeys along with Ceri Irish Dancers at 12:30pm and special performances by [...]

Come and Meet the Welsh Donkeys

This Sunday, 5th March 2017 is our first event of the year. It's our St David's Day celebrations so we'd like you to come and visit our Welsh donkeys. Daffyd, Dylan, Eiffion, Emyr, Paddy 'O', Ryan, Syd and Eddie will be having their 'day of stardom' and will be on display to the public throughout [...]

4,000 Likes And Counting

4,000 Likes! Everyone here at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary would like to thank all of our supporters for following us on Social Media. We've had a complete explosion of followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and today, we've reached 4,000 Likes on Facebook; we're very grateful to everyone for that. Keep following us for [...]

Volunteers Required

How to apply to become a volunteer Here at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, we have a fabulous team of volunteers but due to our expanding business, we are looking to increase that team of volunteers in order to continue our work with abandoned and homeless donkeys. Our work has the following strands: [...]

Poppy Has A Successful Operation

Our popular and well-known adoption donkey, Poppy, has successfully come through an operation to free up her sinus channel, after struggling for a number of months with a blocked up nose. Poppy is easily recognized in the miniature donkey herd, because she wears a collar of poppies along with her yellow name collar and because [...]

2016 Award Winners!

Last night the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary was voted 'Best Place to Meet a Furry Friend' at the Red Funnel / Visit Isle of Wight Tourism Awards. In a vote of over 34,000 visitors, we're pleased to announce the Donkey Sanctuary was successful in winning the award. This is a terrific boost for us [...]

Spot The Difference Competition

Simply spot the five differences between the two images below. One person will win a prize! Comment below with your answers, competition closes Friday 20th at 4.30pm. The images are also on Facebook if you'd prefer to take part there. Enjoy! https://www.facebook.com/iowdonkeysanctuary.org/ Eeyore!

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