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.

Concert In The Courtyard


This coming Sunday (28th May 2017), the popular "Concert in the Courtyard" returns with the Isle of Wight Music Center Band. Their Foundation Wind Band will be performing from 2pm. We have a great weather forecast for this weekend, so why not bring the family down, enjoy the live music, have some lunch in Dillon's cafe, say [...]



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Dougie’s 1st Birthday


Yes, it's been 1 year! Come and celebrate Dougie's 1st Birthday with us this Sunday (21st May 2017) with a Children's Craft Day, organised by Little Jems. There'll be opportunities for the kids to create birthday cards for Dougie and get involved with glitter tattoos too. Dillon's cafe will also be open. Why not stop [...]

New 30th Birthday Stock Just In


This year is our celebratory 30th Birthday (1987-2017) and to commemorate this, we have several Special Edition items available to purchase in our online shop or from the Donkey Sanctuary. Have a look and see what we've got here - Online Shop Eeyore!

Annual “Fun Dog Show”


Back again by popular demand is our annual "Fun Dog Show" which will be held at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary on Sunday May 14th 2017. To take part, simply download the form below, fill it in and bring it along on the day from 12pm. Entry Fees: £2 per dog per class. The [...]

Spring Open Day Details


Sunday 30th April 2017 - Spring Open Day! This coming Sunday is our special Spring Open Day and we encourage everyone to come along; we've got a fully crammed schedule of events which includes music, dancing, a victorian funfair, a vintage historical car show, a gundog display, meet the shetlands and lots more. Here is [...]

St George’s Day – Come And Meet George!


Come and meet our "hero" donkey, George on St George's Day, Sunday April 23rd at The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. We have tours on the site taking place at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm where you'll be able to meet George, stroke him and have your photo taken with him. We're open 10am-4.30pm [...]

Teaching The Kids


Throughout the Easter Weekend, lots of kids (and parents) have been trying and learning all about Donkey Grooming. Along with our fully trained members of staff, each child can learn about Donkey Grooming and experience what needs to be done first hand. If you'd like your child to have a go, we've got staff on [...]

Win a Rocking Horse!


A beautiful rocking horse is up for grabs in our Special Easter Raffle – tickets are priced at £1 each and can be purchased here online (minimum of two tickets or more). The Rocking Horse draw will take place on 30th April 2017 where the winning ticket will be picked. Please note, the winner will [...]

Easter Donkey Tours & Baby Lamb Cuddles


Oh what a treat we have in store for you this Easter Weekend! From Good Friday 14th until Bank Holiday Monday 17th April 2017, we'll be hosting two tours per day of the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary with our very own "Donkey Derek" who'll introduce you to some of our donkeys. As an added [...]

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