Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, Feature
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, Listing

Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

The Isle of Wight enjoys an extensive history of donkeys, ever since they were introduced to the island in 1696. The donkeys have had a variety of jobs on the island throughout the years. These jobs included carrying water to and from Carisbrooke Castle‘s well, and providing donkey rides all over the Isle of Wight.

In 1987, a local postman, Charlie came across an abandoned donkey and bought land near Newport to house it in. Over time, more and more donkeys were given a home on the land, and in 1991 the Sanctuary became a charity: The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary.

The charity has since moved to the edges of Ventnor and many volunteers have joined the team, along with several donkeys!

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is open to the public, so you can come and see the donkeys first-hand. The charity offers an array of donkey care, walking and grooming workshops for all the family to get involved in.

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary not only prides itself on its donkey welfare, but it houses the Grazers Café. Here, you can look forward to enjoying a bite to eat before picking up a special gift from the Browse and Brays Shop.

Meet a wealth of wonderful donkeys and volunteers at the Donkey Sanctuary Isle of Wight…


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