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Drusillas Park (East Sussex)
Member Name: jacqueline101
Drusillas Park (East Sussex)
Date: 25/08/09, updated on 25/08/09 (91 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of different animals and Thomas the Tank Engine
Disadvantages: Can be an expensive day out
Drusillas Park is a small zoo in East Sussex. It is situated just off the A27 near Alfriston, and is about seven miles from Eastbourne and twelve miles from Brighton. It is easy to get to by car, but not so easy by public transport.
The Zoo has over 130 animal species in naturalistic environments, including meerkats, lemurs, owls, parrots, penguins, monkeys, gibbons, bats, reptiles and creepy crawlies. The animals are all small to medium sized, so you will not see lions, giraffes or elephants here.
I have been to Drusillas twice, both in the Summer and Autumn, and with toddlers and a nine year old. The Zoo is very child friendly and safe, and is suitable for buggies and prams to get around. In warm weather it is good to take a picnic with you, to keep costs down. There are also a number of restaurants and cafes. Last time I went, we ate in the Explorers restaurant, which serves hot meals, and was very good, but a little expensive.
There is also a Thomas the Tank Engine Train, which runs around the park, and is free to ride on as many times as the children want. This was especially popular with my toddler daughter and her friend. We also went in the shop selling merchandise for Thomas and Friends along with other characters, which you could spend a lot of money in. The children played in the indoor soft play area - this was safe and clean. In better weather, there is an outdoor play area, with a climbing frame for older children. I believe that more has been added to the Park since my last visit. Throughout the year, there are various days with different characters, such as the Fat Controller and Peppa Pig.
Drusillas is open every day, from 10-5 in the Summer and 10-4 in the Winter. The admission prices vary according to the season (see drusillas.co.uk for more details) as there are off peak, peak and standard days, ranging in price from £10.80-£13.80 for adults and older children. Under twos get in free. There are also concessions for some people and vouchers to get in free or at a reduced price. I had a voucher from the Sealife Centre in Brighton for one child to get in free, which helped to keep costs down. Tesco's Deals vouchers can also be used at Drusillas.
Overall, I have found Drusillas to be an excellent place to take children of all ages to. It is safe and clean, and there is so much to see and do. The staff and zoo keepers are friendly and helpful. It can be a little expensive as a day out, but costs can be kept to a minimum by taking a picnic and using vouchers.
Summary: A wonderful little zoo in East Sussex