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.

Shetland Sunday: 23rd July


This coming Sunday is "Shetland Sunday" Yes, we're showing off our Shetlands and mini-Shetlands with walks, and this is being complemented by a performance from the Isle of Wight Scottish Fiddlers, who will be celebrating their compatriots with a performance from 2pm. Everyone welcome with free entry and free parking. Eeyore!

Happy Birthday Wilfie


We'd sure you'd like to join us in wishing Wilfie a very happy 7th birthday today! He has had "Happy Birthday" sang to him and his herd of boys are planning a night out on the town this evening, so if you're out and about in Newport, watch out for Dennis, Pinky, Perky, Emyr, and [...]

Newsletter News…


NEWSLETTER NEWS... It has come to light that there have been a number of issues affecting the distribution of the Sanctuary's recent Summer 2017 newsletter. It appears that some people have not received their newsletter, some people received multiple copies, and some people apparently received their newsletter, but with a number of other address labels [...]

Exciting Announcement: Adoptions Week


We've got an exciting announcement! To celebrate our 30th birthday, the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is going to feature all of its donkeys in a special adoption week. Lots of people support our sanctuary, despite the fact that many of them live a long way from the island. Many want to know what our donkeys [...]

Certificate of Excellence – 4 Years Running!


We’re delighted to announce The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary has been recognised with a 2017 Certificate of Excellence, based on the consistently great reviews earned through TripAdvisor. This is the fourth year in a row we've been recognised; only selected places receive a Certificate of Excellence, so a big thank you to everyone who [...]

Concert In The Courtyard


Sunday 25th June 2017, 2pm This Sunday, we have our next "Concert In The Courtyard" - performed by the Isle of Wight Music Centre Wind Band. The LIVE music commences at 2pm, so bring the family down for some Sunday afternoon entertainment. Dillon's Cafe will be open for refreshments and as usual, it's free entry [...]

Father’s Day!


Sunday 18th June 2017 is Father's Day...and we've got the perfect gift. Simply give the donkey office a call on (01983) 852693 and book Dad in for a Shetland Walk, followed by a doughnut and drink in the cafe along with a certificate of completion presented to him. The price is £9.99 but must be [...]

Enjoying the Sand


Yesterday, our adoption donkeys went into the indoor sand paddock for the first time. We think they enjoyed it! :D

Exciting News! Summer 2017 Newsletter Almost Ready


Yes, we've seen a sneak preview - and it's almost ready. The brand new 2017 Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Summer Newsletter has been on the cutting room floor for weeks, but it's finally ready. It's just about to go to print, so all those who kindly adopt should receive theirs in the post in [...]

Animal Blessing Ceremony 2017


It's time to bring your pets along this Sunday for our Annual Animal Blessing Ceremony (4th June 2017). We've had all sorts of wonderful creatures in the past. If it's a pet (and it's safe), please bring it along - cats, dogs, lizards, snakes, gerbils, hamsters, rabbits etc. The Rev Keith Adlam will be holding [...]

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