Last summer I won a Twitter competition for a free family ticket to Drusilla’s Park in East Sussex. Since we had one year in which to use the tickets, we finally went last month. After an hour and a half of driving from South West London (which equals to the kids watching Frozen in the car), we arrived at Drusilla’s.
We went on an Inset Day, which turned out to be lovely and quiet. Husband always takes the Inset Day off work, as they are the perfect days to explore theme parks without the crowds. The first thing that I noticed about Drusilla’s is that it is quite a manageable size. We brought the stroller for Dubz (who has just turned three), but he rarely used it. He walked most of the day, and I had to coax him into the stroller when it was time to leave as he did not want to go home.
Drusilla’s is the home of Hello Kitty’s Secret Garden. And don’t be fooled into thinking it is just for girls. Dubz loved the rides, and we went on both the car ride and the tea cup ride twice. He was too small for the hopper ride, but this was Moozles’ favourite. We then had a ride around the park in the Thomas the Tank Engine ride. Both kids loved this.
After the fun rides, we wandered around looking at all the animals. Some of our favourites included the rainbow lorikeets, the capybaras, the macaques and the penguins. Our favourite part of the day was the lemur feeding time. You are allowed to get really close to the lemurs and watch them munch on fruit. They were swinging and jumping around, which the kids loved. There was also a petting zoo, in case the exotic animals just aren’t enough. Dubz was especially excited to see cows and pigs.
Besides animals, Drusilla’s has two big play areas on offer, and an inside soft play. We spent loads of time in the play areas, with Husband doing a lot of playing while I enjoyed some resting. We then had lunch at the Explorer’s Cafe. The food was good, but I did find the cafe itself too dark. Some of the cafes had outdoor seating but as we went on a non-busy day, those weren’t open.
All in all, we had a fun day. The kids and I all fell asleep on the drive back to London. Poor Husband was a bit lonely driving to the sound of our snores. We would definitely go back to Drusilla’s. Tickets for a family of four cost between £44-£62 when bought online. It isn’t the cheapest day out. But if you bring a picnic, it is worth it as it is such a fab place. Have a look at my vlog below for more of our fun day at Drusilla’s.