The Donkey Sanctuary

Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

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Rustic wood Love letters
  • Rustic wood Love letters
  • Bride with the sanctuary's friendly donkeys
  • Bride & groom sign wedding register with donkeys in the background
  • Bride & groom confetti shower
  • Bride & groom enjoy a special moment after getting married

Situated on the world-famous Jurassic Coast in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Donkey Sanctuary’s idyllic location lends itself beautifully to a relaxed and tranquil wedding ceremony among 260 acres of rolling East Devon countryside.  

This spectacular location together with the friendly resident donkeys, mean your special day will truly be like no other and provide lasting memories for you and your wedding guests. By choosing The Donkey Sanctuary for your wedding ceremony, you are also kindly supporting charity's work; helping donkeys and mules around the world, and the people who depend upon them. 

The venue 

The Stables is where a small group of donkeys live together in peace and harmony, and where you’ll begin married life should you choose The Donkey Sanctuary for your wedding ceremony.  

Licensed for up to 70 guests and available for a select number of wedding ceremonies from May - September, the Donkey Barn is elegantly transformed while retaining its original rustic charm, allowing you to fully enjoy the serenity of the sanctuary on your special day.  

The expert team will tastefully dress the Barn with a handpicked selection of quality, country-chic decorations, while your donkey guests remaining in the backgroun adding that extra special touch to the proceedings.  

Once you’ve completed the all-important I-dos, continue the celebrations by spilling out onto the donkey yard overlooking the sanctuary, mingling with your guests and donkeys.   

The sanctuary is also dog-friendly, so your fur-friends are welcome to be part of your day – after all they are an important part of your family and shouldn’t miss out.     


The rustic barn and the sanctuary grounds provide a stunning backdrop for photos, with extensive opportunities including the well-maintained gardens, sea views, woodland, the main house and even a life-size bronze donkey.  Your wedding album will certainly be full of unique and beautiful images to treasure for years to come – after all, who else has photos with donkeys in the background! 

Ready to plan your day to remember? 

To really get a feel for just how beautiful The Donkey Sanctuary is, and to see for yourself how it could be the perfect venue for your wedding ceremony, please contact the sanctuary's experienced wedding coordinator Emma on: 01395 578222 or

Guide Prices

From £1,150

Opening Times

Open (1 May 2021 - 30 Sept 2021)

* Available for a select number of wedding ceremonies from May – September.



  • Free public Wi-Fi
  • Free Wi-Fi for all delegates
  • Parking Available


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Bar - Can be provided on request.
  • Cater for Special Diets
  • Catering by in house chefs
  • Locally sourced produce
  • Restaurant
  • Special dietary requirements catered for

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's menu
  • Highchair

Establishment Features

  • Air-conditioning throughout - Climate-controlled temperature system.
  • Areas for Team building
  • Central heating throughout - Climate controlled heating
  • Coach drop-off point
  • Electric car charging points
  • Free car parking
  • Licenced for alcohol
  • Licenced for civil marriages
  • Locally-sourced produce
  • Number of people seated - Up to 100 delegates.
  • On-site car parking
  • On-site coach parking
  • Open All Year - Venue hire unavailable during peak periods (school holidays).
  • Wi-Fi available

Event Facilities

  • Brochure Available

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Unique venue

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • On Bus Route
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Booking essential

Room / Unit Features

  • All rooms offer natural daylight

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Wi-fi available

Venue Facilities

  • Catering available in house
  • Dedicated wedding planner
  • Garden/grounds available for photography
  • Range of drinks packages
  • Sea views available for photography
  • Special rates for small/midweek weddings



Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Donkey Sanctuary is just 30 minutes from the M5 junction 30 at Exeter on the A3052. Drive through Sidford and follow the brown tourist signs for The Donkey Sanctuary at the top of the hill. 

The A35 and the A30 also serve East Devon and the Jurassic Coast.



Public Transport Directions

By bus

Bus stops are located within easy walking distance for the 899 Axe Valley Mini Travel and 9A Stagecoach (Exeter - Seaton). 

By train

Honition is the nearest station, located 10 miles from the sanctuary.





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