“ Address: Lower Winstone Farm / St Johns Road / Wroxall / Isle of Wight / PO38 3AA „
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary.......
The Isle of Wight has a Donkey Sanctuary which is situated on the outskirts of Wroxall and a short drive from the popular holiday resorts of Sandown and Shanklin. The attraction is well sign posted and is very easy to find by car. I would say that it is not really somewhere where you could walk to as it is not really situated in a central location.
There is ample parking in a large fenced field and up to 70 odd cars could park at any one time. There is no car park charge and also to look around the sanctuary at all the donkeys is free too. They do have a few donation boxes scattered around the farm/sanctuary and when visiting I always feel obliged to drop in a pound or two.
There are a good number of donkeys in the surrounding fields by where you would park up and they are so friendly that they will often walk over to you so that you can give them a nice stroking (make sure if you are out for the whole day you take some hand wipes and alcohol gel as they can be a little pongee!).
There are a lot of signs that state that you are not allowed to feed the animals but Jack will often tear up some grass and let them eat it out of his hand, which he finds absolutely brilliant and squeals with delight. I am sure feeding them grass is allowed as they are eating it anyway!
There are also a few other animals that are trotting around the place such as chickens and geese and these do not seem bothered at all by people walking around or Jack making a lot of noise.
There are other donkeys that are housed within a barn area which you are able to walk around and get close to some of the animals in there.
On the site there is a small café abut as we had just had coffee we decided not to venture in and I don't think that it is open all the time. There is also a charity type shop selling area which to me seemed a bit like it could do with an upgrade but there again the sanctuary is free to get into and is trying to raise funds to support the donkeys and there well being.
They have there own website which can be found here:
This site also gives details of how you would go about adopting a donkey and the difference you would make.
All in all I think this is a really good place to go and see. Of course it is not a whole day attraction and indeed we only ever stay for an hour or so but still it is worth a look. Jack enjoys it and we always pop in for a short while if we are passing to keep him happy and to say hello to the friendly donkeys.
I think the sanctuary deserves a 4 out of 5 star rating and I hope that it remains open for many years to come. If you are in the area then pop in and have a look and pop some money in the box while your at it to keep this attraction going.
I hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Not content with two zoos we also visited a Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary this summer whilst on the island this summer. Much as I like zoos, I love farm type attractions where you can see the animals up really close and pet them. I've always had a soft spot for Donkeys after visiting the Godalming Sanctuary many times as a child, so when planning what to do on our hol, this was top of the list.
The sanctuary is located in Wroxall, which on the main bus route between Sandown and Ventor if like us you are plodders, for drivers it's well sign posted and there is a good sized car park.
The sanctuary is open from 10.30am daily. We visited quite early in the day, there were quite a few people there but it wasn't too busy. The donkeys were just having their breakfast in the field as you go in so we go a good view of the animals right from the beginning.
It's not a large place, though it kept us entertained for and hour or two, watching the donkeys in the fields, barn and even one wandering around amongst the visitors who was quite happy to be stroked, as a lot of them were. They are very good natured animals with wonderful characters and are very good with children, as long as they aren't too loud!! In addition to the donkeys there were a few geese, horses and a plucky little dog wandering around.
The sanctuary is set in gorgeous countryside so it's a nice place to make a morning or afternoon of it and take a picnic. There is a few refreshments for sale and a gift shop with some cute items but the focus of the staff here, of course, is caring for the donkeys and not the visitors so don't expect anything too touristy.
The sanctuary looks after donkeys that are in need of a home, through whatever circumstances and relies entirely on donations to look after them. I think it's generous to not charge a admission fee, probably to get as many people in as possible. Though, we as I hope most people do, put some money in the donation box and bought some trinkets in the shop to 'pay' for our visit.
If you are in the area and have a few hours spare, I recommend this place as great place to come for any animal lover. Spend a few of those holiday pennies on a worthwhile cause.
A charity that cares for donkeys.