Many of our visits are private, but from time to time we do attend events which are open to the public where you are welcome to come along and meet our lovely donkeys.
The fabulous Minidonk Pop Up Shop will be located indoors at The Castle Quarter in Norwich, for one day only. The shop will have a huge array of gifts for anyone and everyone. Come and do your Christmas shopping with great quality and value, as well as supporting a fantastic cause. (No donkeys at this one!)
This will be the second of two Festive visits to Oakington Garden Centre for the Minidonks, bringing their own special Festive joy to Cambridgeshire. Our Pop Up shop will be there, along with the donks in full festive gear. With a fantastic array of plants, gifts and on site cafe, it’s a chance to see the Minidonks not to be missed.
Our Pop Up Shop will be at Old Hall Farm’s wonderful Christmas Fayre, from 10am. The shop will be joined by some of the Minidonks, fresh from a Nativity appearance, at 2pm. The donks will then be staying on to join in with the Carols with The Cows from 4.30pm.
The Minidonks will be outside the Fabulous Feed Cafe in Waterloo park, Norwich, for a Festive feed up! Our shop will be there selling our range of Minidonk merchandise and the donkeys will be looking forward to meeting you all. Come and enjoy the park, the cafe and the donks – what a wonderful combination!
Join us for a final festive shop. The Minidonks will be at Harleston, on the famous market place, for some last minute festive fun. They will be twinkling in their Christmas splendour, and the Pop Up shop will be there for those last minute stocking fillers and must-haves. Come and join the fun!
The donks will be making a special trip up to the North Norfolk coast to join the people of Weybourne and beyond, for a very special Nativity service at All Saints Church Weybourne. All welcome.
Please note: There may be an admission charge to some of these events.
Feedback from previous visits
The main highlight has to be with one resident who never leaves her bedroom. This lady suffers from dementia and the donkeys visited her in her bedroom. As soon as she saw them her face lit up. She absolutely loved them.
Amazing reactions of residents, especially those with restricted communication. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Smiles all round, thank you.
Highlights were being able to have the donkeys up close even for residents nursed in bed, to be able to tell residents’ families about the visit and have photos to show them. Sarah and volunteers went out of their way to make it a special visit. More visits, more donkeys, we love you!
The residents enjoyed interacting with the donkeys and being able to touch them. They were interested to hear all about them and they loved them being in the lounge as most of the residents are not able to get outside.
Your visit encouraged the residents outside into the sunshine. They enjoyed stroking and interacting with the donkeys as well as chatting to each other. So nice to see them enjoying themselves. Thank you.
Pixie and Bo Peep were the best behaved donkeys ever, our residents thoroughly enjoyed their visit… I cannot recommend Sarah, her donkeys and fabulous volunteers enough.
It was all fantastic but the room visits were the best. Had me in tears the reactions we had.
You guys (most of all the donkeys) are awesome. Bringing joy and happiness to people who can’t get out easily. Keep up the good work
Thank you, they were amazing. The patients loved them.
My mum is one of the residents you refer to. I visited her this evening, words are a struggle but she was definitely trying to tell me about the donkeys! Thank you so much for visiting her.
You kindly took two little donkeys into my wife’s room, to say it made our day is very much an understatement, in fact my wife said ‘it is something I will never forget’.
The donkeys came to visit our tenants and Pippin went into the room of a very poorly lady. The look on her face was priceless. Thank you for bringing some joy and love to our setting.
We were delighted with your visit, all ages and abilities loved the friendly donkeys.
It was the most special visit for our residents, staff and extended families. Thank you so much.
You get smiles where nothing else can – thank you so much