Review: Drusillas Park, East Sussex
I have lots of happy memories of visiting Drusillas Park when I was a child, so when I was asked whether we’d like to visit and review the Park I did not hesitate with my reply!
Drusillas is a wildlife park in Alfriston, about a 15 minute drive from Lewes. It has been approximately 15 years since I last visited – so I was curious to see what had changed in that time.
Everything seemed very familiar! Even the cow you can milk was still there! What I love most about Drusillas is the homemade, quirky feel it has – there are lots of interactive exhibits that are such fun and very educational. They look like they’ve been devised and constructed in someone’s shed (in a good way), and the whole Park has a homely feel to it because of this.
FYI, I’m pretty good at milking a cow!
We loved the Zoolympics and took great pleasure in having a go on our way round! Busby was too young for this, but Nick and I had fun!
Most importantly, all the animals seemed happy and well cared for. There’s such a variety – from farm animals to penguins, to household pets in “Pet Land”.
My favourite animals were the Silver Marmosets. I loved watching this one (above) carry her baby on her back; something I can relate to!
Drusillas have introduced two walk-through enclosures; one for lemurs and one for parrots. They look great, but unfortunately Busby fell asleep just as we were about to go in (buggies aren’t allowed), so we had to skip these. We’ll definitely be going in next time we visit!
Sadly my other favourite part of Drusillas Park, the meerkat tunnel where you can pop up in a bubble amongst the meerkats, was closed. Busby would have loved that!
She really loved watching the penguins though.
Unfortunately, most of the catered places were closed (we visited on a Friday out of the summer holidays), so we headed for the Explorers Café which was very busy! Lunch came to around £10 for Nick and I; one jacket potato and lots of salad, a sandwich and a drink – not too bad really considering what some places charge. It was a shame that none of the other cafés were open though.
We all loved the softplay area in the converted barn. It was Busby’s first time at softplay and she thought it was awesome! As did Nick and I – by the end we were fighting over who would take her down the slide next.
The outdoor play area was equally amazing, and we can’t wait to take Busby back when she’s older because obviously we’re going to have to “keep an eye on her” and follow her on. Obviously.
Our ticket would have cost £29.99 (Off Peak price for two adults – under 2’s go free) – and in my opinion, it’s definitely worth the money.
*We were sent free tickets in exchange for an honest and fair review. All views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.*