We love Drusillas! And after its recent success of being named ‘Best Family Attraction’ in the Muddy Stiletto’s Sussex awards, we were eager to visit to try out the newly opened Go Safari!
If you’ve not been to Drusillas before it’s a fantastic small zoo near Alfriston, East Sussex, which is home to over 100 animals. The great thing about Drusillas (apart from the wide range of animals!) is that there’s also different areas throughout the park such as Hello Kitty’s Secret Garden, Go Banana’s! Jungle themed play area, Amazon Adventure indoor soft play area, Maasai area, Go Safari! and also Drusillas new Get Wet! Splash Pad. So there really is something for all the family to enjoy.
My two really enjoyed looking at the monkeys, otters, flamingos, and penguins, and enjoyed getting up close to the Meercats in a special dome in the centre of their enclosure. You can also get up close and personal to the rainbow lorikeets in Lory Landing, and take a walk-through the lazing lemurs.
As you walk through all the animals there’s a variety of interactive activities children can take part in, and you can also pick up a little Animal Spotter stamp book to complete throughout. There’s also the Zoolympics to compete in too - Clark enjoyed hanging around and taking part in the monkey challenge!
Keeper talks and animal feedings also take place throughout the day, these are at the following times:
11am – Macaques
11:30am – Penguins
12 noon – Otters
1pm – Lemurland
3pm – Lemurland
4pm – Penguins
After wandering through all the animals, we stopped off at the newly built Get Wet! Splash pad, which was so refreshing considering we picked one of the hottest days to attend! The splash area is big enough so that the children could play freely, and was easy to keep an eye on where they were!
We explored the Go Wild! and Go Bananas! Play areas, though parents of little ones, these areas are designed for ages 6+ so be prepared to get stuck in, and I literally mean stuck..we also lost a shoe whilst climbing through one of the cargo nets!
Clark was eager to go on the Go Safari! train, as he was a huge fan of the Thomas train when it was there, so wanted to try it out to make sure it was as good as he expected. The train takes you through a flamingo painted tunnel and around a small area of the park, allowing you to view the splash pad, a few animals and its new animal animatronics. It was really enjoyable!
Once off, Clark dashed us off through to the new Go Safari! area, the whole reason for our trip to the zoo! We were extremely lucky as it was a quiet day so there was no queuing for the Hippopotabus and Flying Cheetahs! The two new rides are fantastic, and Clark and Cruise (& Nana!) loved it – Though Clark said the Hippopotabus made his tummy feel funny. Cruise (1) was also allowed to ride on both rides which meant there was no waiting around for him to get bored.
The staff were great with the children and made sure they were safely seated and strapped in. One thing which did annoy me though is how rude and impatient some parents were on the Flying Cheetahs. Before the ride starts the staff member locks the door so you can’t get out, so when it stops you have to wait for the attendant to get you out, which is fine.. no one is in a rush. But there were parents getting up and stepping over the doors, what does this teach your child about safety and rules? So please, if you go (& you should!) please wait your turn to be let off the ride. Another child not riding with an adult may see you hop out and do the same thing… Rant over!
To read all about the awesome new Go Safari! area, visit https://www.drusillas.co.uk/go-safari-kids-rides-attractions
Drusillas are great for making sure the kids are entertained throughout the summer holidays and half terms, and have a variety of events and appearances throughout 2017 including:
Creepy Crawlies Weekend – Saturday 22nd and 23rd July
Meet Leo and Raph Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Wednesday 9th August
The Gruffalo – Wednesday 30th August
Meet and Greet Scooby Doo – Wednesday 25th October
And their spectacular Winter Wonderland with Father Christmas opens from Saturday 18th November. We visit this every year, it’s so magical with all the illuminations and Christmas Cottage – Definitely add this to your diary!
To view Drusillas complete events listing click here.
Thank you to Drusillas for our lovely day out with Nana! Clark has been on my case to go back already to ride the Flying Cheetahs again, so we will see you soon!
If you fancy booking a day trip to Drusillas I’d recommend buying tickets online as you save £2 per ticket, and children under the age of 2 are free to enter, to book visit https://www.drusillas.co.uk/buy-online-tickets. For unlimited admission all year round, memberships cost £68 per person – Definitely worth it as there’s so much to do!
Thank you to Drusillas for sending us a family ticket to Drusillas Park in return for an honest review.