Review // Drusillas Park, East Sussex
We first reviewed Drusillas Park back in 2013 when Busby was a teeny person at only 9 months old; we had an absolute ball during our last visit… even though Busby was a little bit too small to appreciate everything! (Nick and I made up for that!)
So, you can imagine my joy when we were asked to visit again last week! We always have such a wonderful time, and I couldn’t wait to see what an older Busby would make of the wildlife park – and what our latest addition to the family would think too.
I’ve been going to Drusillas for years, and I love that my own children now get to take part in a slice of my childhood… It’s amazing witnessing the Drusillas magic in their eyes!
One of the reasons I love Drusillas is because it’s so quirky; it really is “no ordinary zoo”. There’s so much to see and do, and it’s a sensory experience for all ages. Not only is there a wondrous selection of well-cared for animals, but there are also fun activities to do along the way (Zoolympics and the Animal Spotting stamp book to name the big hits), and the most amazing play park which seems to keep on growing every time we visit!
We began our Drusillas adventure in the farmyard – Busby had so much fun milking the cow, and learning all about the animals.
H-Bear absolutely loved the (real) cows and the goats!
I’m not sure they quite got into the spirit of this one…
We then followed the Zoo Route round the park. In terms of the animals on the Zoo Route, not a huge amount has changed, and I’m not sure I noticed any new additions. I was happy to see that the meerkat bubble has been fixed from our last visit, and Busby really enjoyed popping up amongst the action!
H-Bear was also a fan of the meerkats:
All of the animals seem happy and well-cared for, and there are signs everywhere explaining the reason an animal has a scratch on its face, or might be looking a bit poorly.
The activities on the Zoo Route were age appropriate for Busby, and she enjoyed everything from milking the cow on the farm, to lifting the flaps! The Zoolympics was popular with all of the family, and Busby even got a certificate at the end for completing all of the challenges.
The animals are obviously a big draw, but the play park was an even bigger source of excitement!!!
Having previously eaten at Drusillas on a busy day, we decided to take a picnic with us (any excuse to visit Waitrose) instead. We found a perch amongst the ginormous climbing frames, but the temptation was too much for the children and they both ran off to explore the Go Bananas play area (which was suitable for their age range).
I’m not sure they stopped moving for over an hour! We had lots of fun following them up the climbing frames and helping them down the slides.
There are various play areas to suit all ages, including an outdoor water area with fountains (sadly it was too cold for this!), and an indoor soft play area.
In addition to our picnic, we decided to have ice creams which weren’t prohibitively expensive (I think they were around £1.50 each). Nick and I had a coffee from the Oasis Café which was awful; it was far too hot and therefore burnt, and didn’t taste very nice at all… Not great for £2 each.
After our picnic and play, we headed over to the Thomas Train. Thomas takes you on a mini tour of the park, which is lovely and only lasts about 5-10 minutes; so ideal for little people! Both children loved the train ride, and we had fun spotting the animals we’d seen on our walk around.
Hello Kitty World was new to us, and a HUGE hit with us all! Busby loved the lift ride (as did Nick – and H-Bear loved watching), and the Hello Kitty cars were also loved!
We had a lovely day out at Drusillas Park, and I would definitely recommend a visit. It truly is a wonderful family day out.
A peak family ticket for four people (children under 2 go free) is £72, which I think is on the more pricey side for a day out. However, there’s lots included in the ticket price – including the Thomas ride and all of Hello Kitty Land, not to mention the Zoolympics activities and certificate – that it’s worth it for such a memory-making, exciting day.
You can find out more about Drusillas, ticket prices and how to visit, on the Drusillas Park website.