Today, we went to the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. This is a really nice place to go to with young (or, really, any age) kids – you turn up, have a look at some donkeys and ponies, have a walk around, buy a coffee and perhaps some tat from the shop and leave. They have a little stream behind the shop which is worth a look – we played Pooh Sticks on the little bridge a few times.
I’ve just found out that it is going to be open all year round, from 10am until 4:30pm, which is really unusual for the IoW. Now, as the main attraction lives in fields, it does get muddy and boggy so wear sensible shoes.
Last time we came here, we came with my husband’s parents who adopted one of the donkeys for my children. This is a nice thing to do and my children were excited to see “their” donkey.
After the donkeys, we went for lunch at the Griffin. This is a pub that does pretty nice food and is very tolerant of small children. My daughter toddled about the pub a bit but it was big enough (and empty enough) for this not to be a problem. It is in Godshill, which is a very pretty village and well worth a look. Next time we go, we’ll go to the model village (although, like lots of places, this will be shut from 1 November).
One thing that is awesome about the Griffin is that it has a maze – a proper one! – in the garden. The hedge is really tall, too.
There is also a fenced off pond nearby, which is very pretty but the ground was really wet (my daughter fell in the boggy bit) even though we haven’t had rain for days and days so, like the donkey sanctuary, please wear sensible shoes.