Drusillas Park (East Sussex)
====Introduction==== My family and I enjoy days out with my daughter very much, the more engaging and educational the better as it helps us all get involved and makes the day more memorable and exciting. My daughter is on school summer holidays and each year I like to buy an annual pass for an attraction so we can have big ... days out which work out as good value for money over the twelve month period. Last summer (2012) I chose Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex which is a small zoo with a variety of activities which are varied and similar to some of the bigger theme parks, it was aimed perfectly towards my daughter's age group (three years old). Some of the other themed parks I had considered didn't have a lot of choice or variety for younger children which made Drusillas a tempting option. We purchased standard yearly passes, standard for the adults and a gold member annual pass for my daughter in 2012 and we have averaged a visit each month over the year so far and felt it has been fantastic value for what is included. Our most recent visit was on 20/07/2013 and as always, we were not disappointed with the experience.
====About Drusillas Park====
Drusillas Park was founded in 1922 originally as a family run tea room in Alfriston, East Sussex. The family decided to expand their business to include activities and attractions that would help boost business and attract customers, since then the park has grown with the family's investments and has recently won 'Visitor Attraction of the Year' in the Tourism South East Awards (2010).
10.00am - 6.00pm Summer Time (BST)
10.00am - 5.00pm Winter Time (GMT)
The park is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Ticket prices vary for standard day passes to the zoo, depending whether it is peak season or off peak, whether you book online in advance or buy at the gate, you can exchange Tesco Clubcard tokens for day passes, you can buy annual passes which can be standard or gold membership, the gold membership has extra activities included in the price and discounts for onsite use.
Booking online the prices for adults peak season a single adult or child above two years is £16.99 (VAT inclusive) under two years is free admission. Off peak, adult or child over two years is £15.99 (VAT inclusive) and free for children less than two years old. There are reduced prices for senior citizens and disabled visitors and their carers. Tickets may also be purchased as family tickets; a family of four peak season would cost £63.99 (VAT inclusive) and £50.99 (VAT inclusive) off peak.
As a family of three, one three year old and two adults our ticket price would be £47.99 for us all peak season and £44.99 off peak. I chose to buy the annual passes; two standard adult passes (£59.00) and one gold child pass (£74.00) which set me back £148.00. This meant we needed to visit the park four times or more to make savings on the online advanced booking prices. Having averaged twelve visits our average cost is approximately £12.33 per visit which is fantastic value considering how much there is to explore and see, but also the activities included with the children's gold pass it makes for a family friendly, cheap day out. I live around an hour drive away from the park but I would not hesitate going several times a month if I lived closer, there is so much to do that you could easily go often and find different activities to do and areas to explore each visit.
So the annual gold pass costs £25.00 more than a standard pass and is only available for the children. So what does it include? Well, the most prominent benefits are the activities that your child can take part in for free. When you present your gold pass at the admissions booth your child receives a gold wristband that gives them access to the following activities which are available at weekends and school holidays.
Panning for Gold
Jungle Adventure Golf
Are the activities worth the extra money? Without a doubt. Each of these activities cost around £3.50 per child, per activity and they are located in the central picnic area, which you pass on the way to the toilets, pass the stage where the characters do meet and greats for the event days, in the same area as Thomas the Tank Engine ride and of course you have to pass through to reach the exit, it is (almost) unavoidable.
Other nice little extra's that are included for both standard annual memberships too include 10% off the Explorers café, a 20% renewal discount if you renew your membership within 30 days of your membership expiring and 20% off animal adoptions. You also receive membership emails including offers; recent offers have included free adult entry with each adult annual membership card holder days.
This is based in a large cave shaped, sand pit area in which children are armed with a bucket and spade are sent on a mission to find three fossils in the large sand pit. Once three dinosaur bone fossils have been found, children can exchange their precious finds for a small dinosaur figurine reward. Whilst the activity sounds simple and not very exciting, the children have great fun becoming explorers and digging away. My daughter does find it a bit tricky to locate the large pebble sized bones, it is a large pit and it is just as fun filling a bucket up with the spade and burying your legs in the sand, which is refreshingly cool on warm days and best of all there is no time limit to this activity. No child leaves without their reward too and I have on occasion jumped in to help dig those fossils up myself. I think it is a good activity but I am unsure if we hadn't had had the gold pass if it is something we would want to pay for each time we visit.
Panning For Gold
With a pan and a pot to hand to search for golden treasure nuggets, children have a choice of two large, deep, water troughs which have heavy sand in the bottom mixed with fool's gold. Children do get an apron but the younger children (and enthusiastic older children!) do have to lean in quite deep to get a good scoop and swishing the heavy tray about to reveal the gold is a messy affair, it is good fun and on a sunny day those wet clothes will dry in no time. Again with this activity there is no time limit, you can stay panning as long as you wish or until the gold runs dry then you can exchange your fool's gold for a medal. As my daughter declared 'I am a winner!'. I think it is lovely to have activities where every child is rewarded for their efforts, it also softens the cost to the wallet adding extra value and smiles all round.
This is one of those enormous inflatable slides that looms high above onloooking parents, quite colourful and possibly the most prominent and eye-catching activity due to the sheer size. The climb does look steep and I do feel my child is a little too young to take part in this activity, not from a safety perspective as there are lots of reassuring safety measures like padded mats around the plunge area, metal railings to keep the landing area clear and staff monitoring this at all times, on occasion rescuing the tot that wasn't quite as brave at the top as he was at the bottom, but more that the inflatable steps are quite vertical and imagine a toddler may not have the strength to hoist themselves up. Like a majority of the activities it costs approximately the same price as the other activities in this area and ideally suited to the older children if they are brave enough. Again, another activity that has no time limit, or limit on the amount of goes you can have.
Jungle Adventure Golf
Crazy golf is another activity for children to participate in, it's a nice calm activity which is located not far from the exit and makes an ideal winding down activity. The crazy golf has a simple layout which makes it easier for the younger children to enjoy too; it is bright and colourful with lots of interesting features to see along the way. This activity isn't generally very busy, as it is tucked away near the exit which allows players to take their time and relax whilst playing. It is one of the last activities we will do before leaving and has a calming effect on my daughter which makes the car journey home pleasant. This activity is due to close in July for renovation; this is either delayed or completed as it was open when we visited on 20th July 2013.
We haven't taken part in the vertical limit challenge as this is aimed at older children and teens. This is a rock climbing oblong with strategically placed footings to challenge kids, but not so much that it is a struggle to complete. Unfortunately I am unaware of the price of this particular activity but similar to the others I would think it would be around the £3.50 mark.
Thomas The Tank Engine Ride
Choo choo! Thomas the Tank engine is at Drusillas and wants to take you on a Thomas tour of the park. This train ride is a short ride that lasts around five minutes, it takes you around a track through the park, past the llamas and alpacas, the adventure playgrounds and lots of signs with questions and answers about Thomas and friends as you go along whilst playing the happy little theme tune. Coming back to the station you go through a dark tunnel and then past the fat controller's office (and his huge plate of biscuits!). The train goes every fifteen minutes and has plenty of carriages to ensure short queues on busy days. This is a free ride and is very popular, it also has a buggy parking bay so parents with young children do not need to try and fit buggies into the carriages which is a nice touch.
Every good park has somewhere children can let off some steam and burn off some energy; Drusillas is no exception and in fact can boast three large play areas. The three play areas are 'Go Bananas' which is for six years and under, 'Go Wild' for children over six years and 'Amazon Adventure' an indoor air conditioned/heated soft play centre. My daughter is in the Go Bananas! Age group and the facilities are quite good for her age. There is a large wooden adventure playground with slides, bridges, nets, and even a snake helter skelter slide for those who are brave enough to cross the rope bridge. There are two double sets of swings, aimed at different age groups, a trampoline built into the floor with cushioned edges, zebra rockers, a large lion rocker and lots of interactive displays and features. We haven't ventured into the older children's outside play area but it looks like a bigger version with more complex adventure playground and activities such as the zip wire.
Indoor Play Centre
I adore the indoor play centre as it can be very quiet, it is tucked away behind the outside play centres and at first glance looks like a small café until you enter and see the enormous soft play area. The soft play has two sections, one for toddlers and one for older children but they aren't closed off from each other so it is very easy to find your way into trickier territory. Due to this I went in with my daughter and it is huge once you get inside, there are areas I had to help my daughter climb up and through but it is tiring for an adult. My daughter enjoyed the soft ball guns and the hall of mirrors corridor which left me guessing where she had darted off too. The slide is fantastic, a very long, wavy slide that delivers you back to the café with some speed! The play area does require children to wear socks, this catches many parents out with children wearing sandals but the café do sell pairs of socks for 80p which I think is quite reasonable. The food and drinks menu is very limited to tea, coffee and hot chocolate, canned or bottled beverages and either animal bottled fruit juice or slushed ice drinks for the children. Large coffee and hot chocolate was £1.80 each and the crushed iced drink was £1.10. These are reasonable drinks prices for the size as I would expect to pay more from a coffee shop at home; the slushed ice drinks were extremely sweet and were not drunk by my little one. The café has an inside and outside seating area, the outside seating area out the front is a sheltered seating area with picnic tables and lockers to store your personal belongings, these take £1 coins and are refundable. There is an unsheltered outside seating area next to the llamas and alpacas with picnic benches too. The Amazon Adventure area has free Wi-Fi too.
The Explorers Lagoon is open during the summer months and does get quite busy as this is a free activity. This is a paddling pool and sun lounge area which is best suited to smaller children to paddle in during the warmer weather although every now and then it is commandeered buy the older children. The water is only a few feet deep but makes a welcome respite on hot summer days. There are water guns on the edge of the pool for children to playfully skirt other paddlers. The sun loungers fill up quickly when the lagoon opens so if this is an activity you wish to take part in, it may be best to go as soon as it opens to ensure some paddle time. There are benches dotted around the lagoon in shady areas. There isn't any changing rooms however the toilets are across from the lagoon with a large cubicle in the baby changing area which is acceptable, Make sure you bring a towel and a spare set of clothes just in case!
Dotted around the park are various character ride-ons such as Hello Kitty, and Thomas the Tank engine rides at 50p each, tin can alley style gun games and water squirting to hit target style games. Luckily there is so much to see and do that these don't stand out too much from the rest of the scenery but are unavoidable to pass whilst you venture through to different areas.
====Zoo Trail and Farm====
Drusillas Park houses a small zoo which focuses on exploring and learning about the animals and their environments. This is a small zoo which does not house larger, dangerous and endangered animals such as gorillas, tigers or elephants but personally I feel this adds to the zoo's charm. There are other zoo's which do house larger animals but does not have a focus on learning, I feel that Drusillas balances these aspects well. The zoo does have many animals that children may not have seen before and have a wonderful zoo route to follow that allows you to explore the different types of animal with learning activities along the way. The zoo route takes you through the following areas.
The zoo homes over a hundred species of animals, some of our favourites include the Chilean flamingos who can stand on one leg much longer than my daughter can, stunning rainbow lorikeets, flappy Humboldt penguins, binturongs (which are very large!), stunning red pandas, the rather hairy kune kune pigs and Rodrigues fruit bats. There is such a wide array of animals that you are sure to find something for the whole family to enjoy. They have a lot of exotic animals which children will love to learn about. As you explore the zoo trail, there are signs to indicate each animal and some interesting facts about their habitats and diets. There are lots of learning activities along the way which including milking a cow (not a real one I may add), putting your hand in holes to try and guess which animal the fur/skin/spines belong to and weighing yourself to see which animal you weigh as much as, my daughter weighed as much as an otter!
The farmyard area has the kune kune pigs which are little smelly, donkeys, ponies, chickens and little chicks, cows and goats. You can also see a display which explains how a cow digests it's food, milk a free standing cow display, see which products we see in the shops that come from the farm, they have giant egg shells that children can pose in for photos as well which are brilliant. At the entrance of the farm attraction there is some mechanical chickens clucking and singing away to a slightly irritating tune but with so much to see and do you won't have to listen to it for long, it is right above the area for washing hands for when you have finished petting the animals which has hand sanitizer available.
There are walk through exhibits that are optional, these are Lemur Land where you can get up close and personal with the Lemurs, Lory Landing where you can hand feed the lorikeets and the Bat Cave which is home to the sleepy sloths, violaceous turacos and the Rodrigues fruit bats which often can be seen munching upside down on a banana! These are all open daily, however the Lory Landing and Lemurland which open at 11.00am and close at 3.30pm GMT and 4.00pm BST and are open daily from half term in February until the end of the half term in October, then just at the weekends outside of these times. It is lovely to get up close with the lemurs, they can be a bit daunting for younger guests as they can jump quite high and startle them but if you have adventurous toddlers they will be amazed by these fantastic little creatures. The Lory Landing is quite good, the lorikeets might just land on your shoulders, I think the only downside is they do try and upsell the food (nectar) which is £1 but makes for a wonderful encounter as they come darting over for a nibble.
For some of the animals, they have feeding times where you can watch the keepers feed the animals and if you pay the extra you can have a one on one animal encounter. Extra activities include being a keeper for the day, this does cost quite a bit extra but if you have a budding zoo keeper in the making this may be a priceless experience for them. If you find that you fall in love with the animals you could consider an animal adoption, the price varies depending which animal you wish to adopt but include guest passes to come back and visit them again another time, an adoption certificate, a plaque by the animal to say you have adopted it and a picture of the species you have adopted. Animal adoptions start from £40.00 and can be bought online or at the park. If you are an annual pass holder you get a 20% discount on adoptions.
When we plan a trip to Drusillas we tend to bring a picnic with us which can be eaten in the spacious and well seated picnic bench area. We like to keep costs down and making some sandwiches, a salad, some snacks, nibbles, drinks and treats can be much better value if you are trying to save money. The Drusillas kid's lunch boxes are approximately £5.00 and consists of your choice of filled finger roll (cheese/marmite/jam) etc., some crisps, a cake, a drink and an animal mask (If bought from the Explorers café). In my mind it isn't good value or particularly the most nutritious meal. I am disappointed that although the roll fillings are vegetarian friendly, there aren't any lunch box options for children with allergies such as gluten or wheat intolerance
The Explorers Café does offer a variety of food options including sandwiches, salads, jacket potatoes and hot food such as fish and chips as well as lunch boxes and a menu for younger children. We had fish and chips at the Explorers Café on our visit before last, and unfortunately despite the generous large portions which were freshly made in front of us, the fish had a lot of bones in it which did hinder the enjoyment of the meal somewhat, it also made it difficult for my daughter to enjoy as we had to break hers apart searching for bones leaving her with a flaky fish mess. The fish was slightly slimy and the chips were soggy. We haven't eaten there since as our meal cost close to £20.00 with drinks. Having said this, the Explorers Café has undergone a menu overhaul since we ate here, although the menu has generally the same meals as it had before they have improved the quality of the ingredients and variety. They now sell Starbucks coffee and Ben and Jerry's ice-cream. The Explorers Café does have a variety of options for vegetarians and gluten intolerant guests and offers a selection of baby food and warming facilities for babies.
We have also eaten at the Oasis Café; my daughter had a kid's packed lunch box which was mildly disappointing similarly to the boxes at The Explorers Café, except these ones had a small plastic toy animal gift instead of a mask. I would have preferred for the gift to be substituted for a piece of fruit or a more substantial filling in the finger rolls than marmite or cheese. We had burgers and chips and surprisingly these were quite delicious and filling, we had expected them to be sloppy and cheap tasting but we were not disappointed, the £4.50 each we paid was reasonable for the meal we had. The food served is generally fast food classics such as burgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, ice cream etc., they have vegetarian options such as veggie burgers, salads and jacket potatoes with a choice of fillings, and they also sell organic food which is a nice touch. I think the food is reasonably priced for the quality and portion size.
There is the Station Buffet which caters for the sweet tooth, serving up mouth-watering sweet treats such as doughnuts, waffles, cookies and ice cream. We haven't had any treats from here as it's situated right next to the Thomas train ride but the smell of waffles and doughnuts around lunchtime is almost hypnotising. Unfortunately I cannot comment on the prices but we will be trying some freshly made doughnuts on our next visit.
====Shops and Facilities====
There are several shops on site, there is three gift shops, Teddy's Jungle Safari which sells soft toys of the animals you will find at the park and a selection of animals not at the park too and is located at the end of the zoo trail, Mungo's Trading Post which sells more traditional souvenirs ranging from animal masks and snow globes to branded stationery and commercial toys that you would find in most high street toyshops such as Hello Kitty and Thomas the Tank Engine sets. There is a gift shop tucked away near the exit called The Really Useful gift Shop which sells branded character toys such as Peppa Pig which is nice for Event days when children can come and meet and greet their favourite characters amongst other things and refreshments, being located at the exit good for supplies for the car journey home. There is a shop that sells sweets called Candy Land, luckily this is hidden well between the various food outlets and as we tend to picnic we have not noticed it as yet. I am a bit disappointed that the gift shops stock a wide variety of gifts with no connection to the park such as alien eggs and Slinkys (the coils you push downstairs) although to be fair they are branded Slinkys with Drusillas printed on them. The prices are fairly reasonable; we picked up a penguin snow globe and a Slinky for £5.00.
There are toilets located on the zoo route just by the bat enclosure which is about half way through the zoo route; there are two toilet cubicles which are not very roomy, I would think this is for younger guests who might not make it the full way around without needing a toilet break. There is no baby changing facilities that I could see at this set of toilets. There is a much larger toilet area opposite the Explorer's Lagoon which has four cubicles, and sinks for both adults and smaller ones for children. There is a baby changing area with a changing table top and a cubicle unit with a soft bench for older children in nappies and changing out of wet swimsuits. I thought that the inclusion of a child toilet seats as well as adult sized toilet seats was brilliant for toilet training/trained toddlers and negated the need to bring a travel toilet seat. Top marks for Drusillas for thinking family friendly.
There are designated smoking areas set away from but in view of children's areas and eating areas in little hut styled gazebos. Generally people do keep to these rules and there are a couple of these huts dotted around the park, but not in excess.
Parking is plentiful at the park; there is a large car park at the entrance, which leads on to an overspill car park for busier days. We have always been able to park in the main car park but have always arrived before midday. We usually leave around 3.00pm and have only once seen the coach park used as an overspill car park, this was on an event day where Captain Barnacles from the Octonauts children's programme was doing meet and greets. There is coach parking separate from the main car parks making this a great school trip site for children too.
The only thing that perhaps could be improved, but definitely not an essential would be a little shop that sold things that parents may have forgotten such as towels, swimwear, nappies and swim nappies, sun hats and sunglasses, sun cream, formula, clothing (in case of splashes or accidents), hand sanitizer etc. Whilst they do not sell these I would recommend making sure you have anything you may need kept in the car or backpack just in case they are needed.
====Staff and Atmosphere====
One of the parks most redeeming features are their staff. They are friendly, helpful and are always happy to help you out. The several times we have been there we have never seen a member of staff without a smile or being unhelpful, all of the staff are great with the children and parents and engaging them in the activities really well. I quite liked that when we last visited the park was quiet and the staff around the Zoo route would come up to us and point out things we may not have seen and new additions. We saw the red pandas who apparently were really shy and rarely seen together up close looking straight at us, sadly my camera had died at this point but got a lovely up close shot that we hadn't managed during previous visits, we also were shown the baby fennec fox who was adorable. The general atmosphere is friendly, calm yet exciting. I found myself regressing back to childhood wanting to get involved in the activities and explore. We all left with smiles and memories that we will treasure for a long time to come.
Overall I would say this is a great, fun filled day out for families with children of all ages. Whilst it is aimed mainly at families I think people without children would enjoy the zoo route and the refreshments too. The park is very good value for money as there is such a variety of activities and attractions that do not require extra costs, although I think children do get very good value with the gold annual passes which do include a selection of the most popular activities. Every time we have been we have not managed to do everything in one day as there is so much to see and do. I would fully recommend taking a picnic if the weather is nice to save money, it doesn't take away from the experience at all and the picnic area is lovely, there is a bubble machine which gently floats bubbles around the picnic area in the breeze, my daughter loves this, the picnic area also overlooks the stage for character meet and greets and makes an ideal area to relax whilst waiting. The route to the zoo is fairly simple, just off the A27 and clearly signposted. I would recommend arriving at opening time to be able to enjoy the zoo route when it's not busy, when we have arrived around 11.00am- 11.30am the zoo route is packed with visitors and it can be difficult to view the animals, if you do lunch around 11.30am, the adventure playgrounds get quieter around midday when everyone heads for food so this is a good way to be able to enjoy the equipment without it being too crowded. I love this park, the zoo is small enough for little ones to enjoy but not become bored, although my daughter has had days where he was not interested in the animals at all which is fine as there is plenty more to do. The café and restaurants aren't too overpriced like many similar parks and even if the weather gets wet and gloomy there is so much to do inside and undercover. It is easy to see why this small zoo has won many awards; it is a wonderful place to visit.
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Knockhatch Adventure Park (East Sussex)
I am a huge animal lover, keeping and working with animals myself. I love visiting anywhere that has animals, and recently decided to go with my parents, niece and nephew to Knockhatch Adventure Park. It was a huge mistake and not one I will repeat. The first animal we came to was a goat with a sore and scabby looking nose and ... ears. I didn't think too much of that, when you have a lot of animals there is rarely a time when at least one of them isn't injured or poorly. However, moving on, we came to an enclosure of chickens, some of whom were in advanced stages of scaly leg. This is a condition caused by a mite that burrows under the skin and is both painful and irritating for the bird/s concerned. It is also very simple to treat but I could see no evidence of any treatment on the birds' legs and they should have been treated long before it got to this advanced stage.
Moving on, we came to an enclosure where one of the hens was suffering from damage caused by the cockerel. Not only was her back bald, but under one wing she was sporting a large, painful wound. The cockerel responsible for the damage was still in the pen with her and presumably still mounting her at will.
Next up was an overweight pot bellied pig. Pot bellied pigs are well known for their predisposition for becoming overweight, and weight management is a high priority of these animals for any responsible keeper - so why did this poor lady have a food chute fitted to her pen for the visitors to pour unlimited amounts of food down all day long? This is clearly a case of putting profit before animal welfare, there is no advantage to any captive animal having unlimited access to food, but huge advantage to Knockhatch's profit as they're selling the food to visitors at 50p a cup.
Feeling rather depressed I moved across to an indoor barn where a lone emu baby paced constantly up and down its small enclosure cheeping sadly. A donkey sported a huge bald patch on its neck where it had either rubbed it due to an irritation or where it had become bald from constantly forcing its head out through the slats of its pen to chow down more unlimited food from the visitors.
Next to the donkey was a goat whose scurfy, flaky coat was highly suggestive of a lice infestation, or perhaps a skin allergy caused by the unlimited barley it was being fed.
Around the corner from this was the worst sight so far, a turkey hen with a hugely swollen, pus filled eye that is clearly a sinus/respiratory infection. This bird should have immediately been isolated and treated. It is incredibly poor bio security to leave any sick animal in with others and exposed to the public who could easily spread the infection among other animals at the attraction, or worse, take it home to any birds they may keep themselves.
Also in that pen was a turkey stag who clearly had a problem with his legs and was unable to move in anything but a painful looking shuffle that required his wings to help balance him. I can only imagine how hard it must be for him to get to the food and water in such a large area.
Moving on I saw a sheep with a neck wound - another sad by-product of animals forcing their necks through fencing to get at the food visitors are encouraged to buy and feed.
Towards the end of the depressing tour of animals was a pen of coatis, one of which was displaying typically stressed behaviour of a captive wild animal as it relentlessly and ceaselessly paced the same route over and over and over.
After a thoroughly hideous burger and a cup of coffee that looked and tasted as though it had been made with ditch water, we headed home all feeling very depressed.
I emailed Knockhatch with my concerns, and received an extremely brief and totally unsatisfactory reply. They did admit they had 'let slip' but also said that because their vet had been there 2 months ago, these issues 'must have flared up recently.'
Two months is more than enough time for issues even more serious than these to rear their heads, and from the tone of the email, it seemed as though the staff were unaware that in between the quarterly vet visits, THEY are responsible for checking the animals health and welfare.
I can only hope that bringing it to their attention will mean something is done for the poor animals there, but I won't be returning to find out!
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Robin Hill Countryside Adventure Park (Isle of Wight)
Robin hill, Isle of Wight, PO3O 2NU I was born on the Isle of Wight and lived there for many years. The Isle of Wight is a beautiful place that offers a lot to tourists in the Summer season. there isn't much going on during the Winter I'm afraid, so as soon as Robin hill and Blackgang chine (see other review) open they are ... always very busy.
Robin hill is spread over 80 acres of land and is situated close to the centre of the Island it is near a beautiful small village called Arreton and is quite easy to get to via public transport or by car. Robin is closed for a set amount of time during the summer due to it being the location of the Bestival so please check before visiting.
The standard ticket for people aged 4-89 years is priced at £12.50 off peak and £14.95 on peak or for a family ticket it is priced at £45.00 of peak and £55.00 on peak. these ticket price include unlimited return visits for 7 days.
There are quite a few rides situated throughout Robin hill. The only ride you have an additional payment for is the Toboggan run, which is usually priced at £1.50 ( not open during wet days). The cows express is a new ride which is a small train that goes around a circular track, ideal for younger children. The Colossus is a swinging ship will make your stomach turn and flip so be careful. The time machine has always been a favourite of mine it's a simulator which is really good fun and is now showing 4d adventures as well.
Things to do
There is a troll bridge, watch your feet don't get wet whilst your walking across. A squirrel tower which is over 8 metres high, bumpy slides, a miniature village (mind your head) rabbit runs, tunnels built in a hill loads of fun running around just like a rabbit. There are also a few little play parks and plenty of perfect areas for picnics.
There are 2 main gardens to explore at Robin Hill which are the woodland gardens and the tree sculpture. Explore the gardens and watch the birds, red squirrels and wildlife in their natural inhabitants
If you like birds such as owls, buzzards and eagles you will love this part of the Adventure park, there are displays daily and for £12.50 (prices may change today is 8/6/13) you can have lessons but they are only taught once a week on a Saturday morning.
Cinema under the stars
This is an Amazing opportunity if the weather is nice I have been on two separate days. I saw Grease and Mamma Mia and on one of the occasions it was raining and not as enjoyable. I don't know what the movie line up for this year is but there is usually something for everyone whether it is the jungle book, die hard or grease. Usually 4 dates and movies to chose from. A huge cinema screen is outside so grab your picnic blanket and enjoy a show with some treats. With some entertainment before the show it is amazing. I really hope i get the chance to go again.
The Electirc Woods
The Electiric woods is a great night out, the park stays open quite late and the woods become alive with different colours, sounds and special effects, I've been to one of these as they are not every day and it was spectacular I would recommend it to all.
I would recommend robin Hill it is a great day out but I don't think there is as much to do as other attractions on the Island. It takes a long time to go round the whole park because it is quite spread out so if you like walking and nature this is a place for you to bring the kids.
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Theme Park / Zoo National / Phoenix Park, Dublin.
Theme Park / Zoo National / 1 Goldsmiths Row, London, E2 8QA.Tel: +44 20 7729 6381
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