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Donkey Christmas Fair in Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 16:07 28 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:22 20 February 2013

A donkey riding therapy centre for children with special needs in Sidmouth is inviting local people to its Christmas Fair on 3rd December from 10am to 3pm.

A donkey riding therapy centre for children with special needs in Sidmouth is inviting local people to its Christmas Fair on 3rd December from 10am to 3pm.



The Sidmouth centre of The Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for Children and Donkeys (EST) is renowned for its magnificent Santas Grotto and for just 3, children will be able to take a donkey sleigh ride to visit Father Christmas and receive a gift.



Throughout the day there will be a wide range of indoor Christmas craft stalls, great for picking up those perfect gifts, as well as a mini outdoor street market. Other activities available at the fair include games, handmade wreaths, carols, auction, a raffle and opportunity for visitors to have their photo taken with the adoption donkeys.



Admission and parking at the Christmas Fair is free and visitors will be able to enjoy festive refreshments and Christmas carols from Sidmouth College Choir.



Lauriel Woodley, manager of EST Sidmouth says: Our fair is a really special way for us to celebrate Christmas and, with such a wide range of activities on offer throughout the day, theres sure to be something for all the family to enjoy. Its one of our biggest fundraising events of the year and we love seeing the children getting so much pleasure visiting Father Christmas in his grotto, whilst the adults can catch up over a coffee and warm mince pie.



EST Sidmouth has been providing donkey riding therapy sessions to children from across Devon since 1978. Around 150 local children with special needs and disabilities visit the centre each week for therapeutic riding sessions. The charity also provides outreach visits with donkeys to residents of nursing homes, hospices and care homes.



EST provides donkey therapy services free of charge and is entirely dependent on fundraising and donations to continue its work. For more information about EST visit http://www.elisabethsvendsentrust.org.uk/

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