Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is a registered charity providing a secure, peaceful and happy home for donkeys, horses and ponies which have been neglected, abandoned or are in need of lifetime care.
Each donkey is a real character and visiting them is always a joy for all animal lovers. All of the doneys on display in the paddocks are gentle and happy to receive attention from humans. Children love watching their antics and learning how these animals communicate with each other.
These docile qualities make it easy and safe to interact closely with the animals and we can arrange supervised "hands-on" sessions such as grooming, walking, locating and studying microchip information and even slalom racing the donkeys and Shetland ponies!
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is ideal for all ages
Here's some of the most frequently-asked questions about school visits to Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, posed by teachers and other group leaders
The majority of the sanctuary is on the level and there is a wheelchair accessible toilet. However due to the nature of the attraction footpaths can get a little muddy from time to time and the paths that allow you to walk right into the centre of the main paddocks are grassed.
There are picnic tables in the courtyard (farm yard) and often there is a gazebo for shelter. There is also an indoor cafe serving hot meals, snacks and ice cream. Schools that are pre-booked spanning lunch time are allocated a half hour slot for the use of the picnic tables on busy days and this will be advised on arrival.
Ostensibly there are two types of visit. First is a casual visit where you come along to see the animals in their paddocks and have a walk around the sanctuary. For this type of visit we recommend reserving a couple of hours. Second is an activities visit, where the children get to undertake supervised hands-on activities with the animals, and for this you need half a day - ideally a morning as at 4pm the animals are taken indoors for dinner and bedtime.
If you are taking a casual visit there is no charge but we would hope that school would make a donation on the day (collection points are available), sponsor a donkey for a year, or frequent the gift shop which helps fund the sanctuary. If you are experiencing an activity visit we will arrange payment on your behalf in advance so you just turn up on the day and your tour guide will take over.
The sanctuary is a 50/50 mix of outdoor pasture and indoor barns so is suitable for all weathers.
The following Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary educational resources are FREE to use when you book your trip with Education Destination. Some include pre or post-visit classroom work, others are on-site activities. All are accompanied by detailed Teacher Notes and some even have sample lesson plans!
Prepared by our expert team of teachers with local Island knowledge, each resource addresses a specific National Curriculum topic. Click on any image for full details.
Head of Travel & Tourism with a group of 17 KS4 students
KS2 SEND Teacher with a group of 12 Upper KS2 students
KS1 Teacher with a group of 62 KS1 students
KS2 Teacher with a group of 26 Lower KS2 students