Our Day at Drusillas

Drusillas Park is a massively underrated zoo, it’s somewhat known as the best small zoo in Europe. It’s just 30 minutes away from us in East Sussex and makes for a great day out for the whole family. Located between Eastbourne and Lewes in a small town called Alfriston it’s a brilliant place to enjoy at any time of the year.

It’s aimed at young families with children between the ages of 2 – 10 years old and with mine being 7 & 10 they both loved their day out. Make sure you check their What’s On page as they have events involving Paw Patrol, Hello Kitty and other characters as well as different animals activities.

The park has everything to keep the family entertained from the zoo animals, the play areas and the rides.

The zoo part of it has a wide variety of animals such as

  • red pandas
  • camels
  • meerkats
  • sloths
  • owls
  • monkeys
  • penguins
  • flamingoes

Added to this is the walk-in areas where you can get up close to bats, lemurs and also enjoy feeding the lorikeets…which might just have been Mia’s favourite part of the day.

We visited on a glorious sunny day and made sure we got there for when the gates opened at 10 am and there was a little queue but nothing major. At no point during the day did it feel too busy, a nice flow of people and we got to see and do everything we wanted.

Making our way through the different enclosures stopping off at some of our favourites for a little longer like the sloths and also when it came time to feed the lorikeets.

The way the park is set out is that you get to see all the animals before actually getting to the play areas, as a parent this is ideal as the girls would get distracted and want to spend the next 4 hours playing and we’d miss the animals. Thumbs up for this.

There are various things along the route to keep the children entertained and the one the girls had the most fun with was the animal booklet. Around the animals, you’ll find stamping stations where when they find a certain animal they stamp their book and what this means is that they make sure they don’t miss anything.

During the year I believe they had different activities for the children to take part in.

The zoo itself is well presented and all the animals look perfectly happy, when visiting zoos for us this is vitally important and you can tell when animals aren’t happy. You follow a trail which means you don’t get to miss any of the animals, starting with the sloths and moving to the farm animals then penguins and finally the lemurs which are always good fun.

The zoo section comes to an end at the start of Amazon Adventure and where a lot of the food places are found. The ideal place for parents to have a cup of tea while the children burn off some energy.

In this area, there is also a water park bit but it was overcast when we went so we didn’t venture into this part, there was plenty of other bits to run around on. This was where we had our lunch and a 15-minute chill out before we went on some rides and the train.

Most of the things are included in the ticket price but you might need to pay extra for a small number of things like the food for the lorikeets and large slide. The train that circles the zoo is free and that’s a great thing to enjoy just after lunch.

As a tip, once you get off the train pop in and get yourself some of the doughnuts…they’re amazing.

The train sits right on the switchover from the adventure part to the rides which also features the Hello Kitty part with rides and attractions for younger children.

The girls went on a few of the other rides such as The Hippopotobus and The Flying Cheetahs which they really enjoyed. As you carry on your walk you’ll discover the gift shop and also a few places to grab an ice cream or maybe a meal before you leave.

Our overall impressions were that this was a great day out and we certainly weren’t left disappointed.

To find out more details or check prices pop over to their website.

We were given our tickets for the purpose of this post, all thoughts and photos are our own.

  • Fiona Cambouropoulos

    May 26, 2018 at 11:15 am Reply

    I feel I’ve missed out on Drusillas, my kids went several times with grandparents when they were young and had an amazing time. It looks every bit as wonderful as they said from your photos. I adore Flamingoes, they are always such a treat to see, I’d have them at Coombe Mill if they didn’t need a zoo licence! It certainly looks a great day out still and the rides are all new since mine visited.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids ‘

  • Elaine Livingstone

    May 26, 2018 at 3:22 pm Reply

    Looks like a fab day out, I have not been to a zoo since going with my older daughters nursery trip, she turns 40 next year.
    I agree on the idea of the play area being after the animals, saves a lot of anguish for parents and children alike.
    Feel it is a shame when places charge for animal feed, they need to feed their animals anyway, #CountryKids

  • Cheryl Pasquier

    May 27, 2018 at 9:45 am Reply

    Haven’t been to Drusillas for years but you’ve made me want to go now, next time we’re visiting the family in Hastings 🙂 #CountryKids

  • Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One

    May 27, 2018 at 6:05 pm Reply

    I wish we lived a little closer, it looks like just our sort of place. Fab photos #CountryKids

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    May 30, 2018 at 6:57 pm Reply

    That sounds like a lovely day out. The lorikeets are so pretty and I can imagine that feeding them was fun. I love the book with the stamps for seeing the different animals – what a good idea to make sure you don’t miss any. #countrykids

  • John Adams

    May 31, 2018 at 8:59 am Reply

    That, Darren, is a priceless picture! What a capture.

  • Helena

    May 31, 2018 at 2:02 pm Reply

    My daughters love animals and it certainly sounds like this is a great place to visit with them. Thanks for showing us around. #countrykids

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