A trip to Drusillas Park today, was the perfect way to wrap up the summer holidays. The girls had so much fun that they are already counting down the days until we return and when asked what their favourite part of the day was, they replied “everything!”, that’s a definite sign of a great day out! You are thoroughly entertained from the moment you step into the park until the very moment you leave, there is something for everyone, all ages are catered for, from the impressive Zoo, adventure playgrounds, water splash park, soft play, fairgrounds and more, you can easily spend a whole day at Drusillas Park.
Both of the girls are thrill seekers so they made a dash for the rides first. We jumped on The Hippopotobus which really makes your tummy flip, followed by Flying Cheetahs and the girls had four rides on the amazing Rainforest Carousel, they just kept hopping on different animals each time, their favourite was “Sid” the snake and “Sloth” the Sloth. We had a quick pit stop to take a photo with Hello Kitty and then headed into Hello Kitty Secret Garden which is home to three Hello Kitty rides including; Hello Kitty Cars, Hello Kitty Hopper and Hello Kitty Tea Cups. After a few tantrums over who gets to sit with Mummy on the Hello Kitty Cars, we were heading into Hangry territory so we decided to grab some lunch at The Oasis cafe, which is next to Go Wild! Play Area.
We have never been disappointed with the food at The Oasis cafe, it’s always freshly cooked and the portions are decent. The girls had the kids lunch bags which only cost £5.50 and you get a cheese or jam sandwich, fruit, drink, crisps, mini chocolate bar and an animal mask. There is also The Explorers Cafe which is next to Go Safari, Amazon Adventure Cafe which is situated within the Soft Play area and The Doughnut Factory (the doughnuts taste amazing), which is next to Safari Express Train Station. If you want to bring a picnic, there are also plenty of benches outside.
After lunch we headed to Go Wild, an African themed adventure playground aimed for children aged 7-12 years, of course younger explorers can play, but Go Bananas! is designed for children aged 5 years and under. The girls loved Go Wild and climbing up high and exploring the different twists and turns and slides and they also really enjoyed the swinging Banana Boats. I really like the size of Go Bananas! I find it more manageable to keep track of the girls, plus there is so much to do, it really is impressive.
There’s a jungle themed playhouse with a giant snake slide, aerial walkways, rocking Zebra’s and a Lion, trampoline, swings and roundabouts. I love how interactive Go Bananas! is, there are buckets dotted around the playground that talk or make animal noises when you push or pull them. There are also plenty of benches dotted around for grown ups to rest their feet whilst their little monkeys are having fun. Before heading to Jurassic Jungle, we had a quick ice cream pit stop, you can buy delicious ice cream in lots of yummy flavours from Candy Land (next to Go Wild), which also sells sweet treats and pick n mix.
Dino fans will not want to miss this prehistoric walk through, Jurassic Jungle is full of fun photo opportunities, plus there are a few moving and roaring Dinosaurs including a family of Triceratops and spitting Dilophosaurus. The girls couldn’t wait to climb into the jaws of a T-Rex to pose for a photo #doingitforthegram and they loved spotting all their favourite dinosaurs. The Jurassic Jungle path leads you into the Zoo, the girls were so excited to see the baby animals. The baby Meerkats were my absolute favourite, they are so teeny and very adorable.
From Penguins to Flamingos to Otters, giant Camels and monkeys, there is an impressive selection of animals. The girls thought the “cheeky” Lar Gibbons were hilarious, to be fair so did I, they were so entertaining to watch. The bigger one of the two, kept winding the smaller one up and they were chasing each other, jumping and swinging, it totally reminded me of the girls! The walk through Lemur exhibit was fantastic, you really get up close to the Lemurs, the girls were in their element!
As we walked past the Lemur exhibit, the girls spotted a Lemur and it put it’s little hand up on the glass, which obviously melted the girls hearts, well played Lemur. There is also a beautiful selection of Owls and birds and so many more animals. The girls tested their speed ability in the Zoolympics challenge, they had to see how fast they could run and it tells you what animal matches your speed, Flo was as fast as a Crocodile and Bella was as fast as an Elephant Shrew. They also throughly enjoyed the Zoolympics how loud can you shout challenge, there is a phone booth and you have to push the button whilst shouting as loud as you can and it tells you what animal you are as loud as.
There are lots of interactive activities dotted around the park that are all designed to encourage hands on learning, from Collective Name Trail to Maasai Exhibit and Discovery Centre, there is so much to see and learn. The girls love Mokomo’s Jungle Rock and danced along as the robotic animals sing In The Jungle, that song really does get stuck in your head. After we finished looking in the Zoo, we headed to Amazon Adventure which is jungle themed soft play and there is also a cafe and outdoor seating. There is a separate play area for babies and toddlers which is nice and if you sit outside you get a really good view of the giant Camels.
The girls disappeared for 30 minutes, which gave me enough time to have a rest and a drink in peace, I then changed them into their swimming costumes and we headed to Get Wet; A super fun splash pad and splash park. If you’re planning a visit to Drusillas Park especially in the warmer months, don’t forget to pack your kids swimming costumes and towels, Get Wet is well worth a visit and trust me, your kids will never forgive you if do forget. There are water jets, swirling streams, ground geysers and spiralling sprays, the fun is endless, the girls had an absolute blast. Get Wet opens at the start of the Easter school holidays and it closes at the end of September, so don’t miss out!
We squeezed in one last ride on The Hippotobus and The Flying Cheetahs and grabbed a bag of freshly made doughnuts from The Doughnut Factory before making our way home. If you have never visited Drusillas Park before you are seriously missing out, it’s definitely one of our favourite, family days out and each visit is just as fun as the last. Shriek Week at Drusillas Park https://www.drusillas.co.uk/halloween-activities-in-east-sussex is so much fun and it begins on Saturday 23rd October until Sunday 31st October and there are all sorts of spooktacular events to look forward to, so don’t forget to put the date in your diary.
Tickets cost around £32 pp (under 2’s are free) it’s such great value for money because everything is included apart from a couple of activities that are an additional cost including face paint, Penguin Plunge, Dino Dig and a climbing wall. I paid £5 for 8 wristbands and they could be split between the girls and this gave them four go’s on the Penguin Plunge, which is a massive, inflatable slide. There are also a couple of rides, where you need a £1 coin. Thank You Drusillas Park for a truly, rememberable day out, it was the perfect treat before returning to school and we can’t wait to visit again, check out their website https://www.drusillas.co.uk for more information.
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Hi, I’m Mandy! I’m a full time Mum, parent and lifestyle blogger based in Tunbridge Wells. My muse is my two little divas; Bella who is 4 years old & Flo who is 2 years old.Learn more