Visitor Attraction

In order to ‘pay the bills’ the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is a visitor attraction.

Admission is free and the Sanctuary is open 7 days a week from 10am – 4.30pm all year round. Additionally, the Sanctuary runs special events during the Christmas period. A calendar of events appears on the website.

Visitor Attraction

Although admission is free, there are a number ways that people can contribute to the running costs of the sanctuary. There is a gift shop and café, a bric a brac shop, and a number of opportunities for people to donate through our donation boxes. People adopt donkeys and in so doing become ‘members’ of the sanctuary, in that they get regular information about the progress and activities of the donkeys and activities on site.

Additionally, people are able to donate legacies and we are grateful to supporters who kindly leave money in their wills to help us with our work.

New ventures for the Sanctuary will include birthday parties, ‘caring for a donkey’ days and ‘leading a donkey’ days.