Drusillas Park is often known as the best small zoo in Europe. You can see hundreds of exotic animals at this great animal park in rural East Sussex.
Keeper Talks and Feeding
At various times during the day, the some of the animals (such as penguins, otters and lemurs) will be fed, and keepers will be on hand to tell you all about the animals they are feeding. Check the schedule when you arrive at the zoo, to see when your favourite animals are going to be eating!
There are three walk-through exhibits at Drusillas - Lemurland, Lory Landing and The Bat Cave.
Lemurland allows you to get up close and personal with two species of cute and furry lemurs - Madagascan Ring-tail Lemurs and Black Lemurs.
Lory Landing gives you the opportunity to walk through the rainbow lorikeet enclosure. These friendly colourful birds swoop above your head, and if you purchase a pot of nectar they will even sit on your hand!
When you walk through the Bat Cave, you can view the Drusillas Park bats close up, and learn all about vampires and British bats. You might even spot a couple of sloths in the cave, if you're paying attention!
Of course there are hundreds of other animals for you to discover at Drusillas - otters, anteaters, wallabies, camels, marmosets, monkeys, crocodiles and snakes to name a few!
The exotic animals are only half of the story at Drusillas Park - there's loads of themed play areas for the kids, once they've seen all of the animals!
Drusillas Play Areas
The play areas are split into different sections:
This area is for kids who are aged six and under, with a jungle theme. There's a playhouse, amazing slides (one is even shaped like a coiled snake!), aerial walkways and a great bouncy trampoline.
Kids aged between seven and twelve will be able to go wild here, with loads of climbing, swinging and sliding to be had!
This is a fantastic splash pad, where the kids can get really wet (so bring their swimming costumes!). There's water geysers, water jets, spiral sprays, flower fountains and even wavy palm trees, for a tropical flavour.
This is a soft play adventure with a jungle theme. It is split into different areas for kids of different ages, so everyone can play safely...there are jumbo slides, spinning poles, an anaconda run and more! There's even a small cafe so parents can relax with a cup of tea! No extra charges for this great softplay - all included in your Drusillas admission.
This is the newest of the Drusillas Park's play areas, and it has an African theme. There are three rides, which are suitble for kdis of all ages - the Safari Express Train to take you all around the park, the Hippopotanus and The Flying Cheetahs (NB height restrictions apply).
Hello Kitty Secret Garden
This is a great favourite with boys and girls alike. There are three themed rides - the Hopper Ride, the Car Ride and the Tea Cup Ride, and lots of other great thigs to do, like face painting and having your photo taken with Kitty (special days only).
There are some extra activities that you can pre-book to enhance your day at Drusillas, including Keeper for the Day, Close Encounter Animal Experiences, and Photography Days.
Keeper for the Day
As long as you are over 6 years old, you can book onto a keeper for the day experience at Drusillas.
You will help out the keepers at the park for a day, to find out what it is like to be a zoo-keeper.
You will clean and care for a variety of the animals, have a hot lunch in the Explorers Cafe and receive a Zoo Keeper for the Day certificate. All zoo keepers for the day will also receive a special sweatshirt or polo shirt.
These 30 to 40 minute one to one encounters allow you to feed your chosen animal, and help a keeper with part of its daily routine.
Some animals can be booked on arrival on the day: Lemurs, Meerkats, Coatis/Beavers, and Penguins; and other must be booked in advance: panda, snake and tarantula.
There are two price levels for these experiences, depending on whether your chosen day is in the school holidays or not. The price also includes admission for one other person (parent or carer if attendee is a child).
If you are a budding wildlife photographer, you will want to book yourself onto one of the Drusillas Park's photography days.
You will work alongside their resident animal photographer, and get special close-up access to a wide range of the animals.
You'll go behind the scenes to get a whole new perspective on the zoo.
Where to Eat at Drusillas Park
There are four places to eat at Drusillas Park - Explorer's Cafe, Oasis Cafe, Station Buffet and the Amazon Adventure Cafe.
You can get a full delicious and wholesome hot meal at Explorer's Cafe, with daily specials such as fish and chips, mild chicken curry, steak and ale pie and homemade soups.
If you don't need a full meal you can choose from baguettes, sandwiches and jacket potatoes. There are also kiddies lunch bags, of course.
The Oasis Cafe is the place to go for quality fast food such as beef burgers, chicken nuggets or jacket potatoes. It's very handy for the Go Wild play area, if the kids need to re-fuel whilst playing!
For snacks at weekends or during the school holidays, the Station Buffet next to the train station will be open.
The Amazon Adventure Cafe offers sandwiches, toasted sandwiches and kids lunch boxes, with hot and cold drinks.
Drusillas Park is an award-winning zoo and visitor attraction where your kids can learn all about animals, and the whole family can have a really great day out.
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Open every day of the year except 24th, 25th, 26th December.
From 10am to 6pm, last admissions 5pm.
Car park closes 6:15pm.
From 10am to 5pm, last admissions 4pm.
Car park closes 5:15pm.
Family tickets and group discounts available.
Please check the Drusillas Park website for details.
Drusillas is situated just off the A27 near Alfriston, approximately 7 miles from Eastbourne and 12 miles from Brighton.
If travelling by train, get off at Polegate station and take a taxi from the taxi rank direct to the park. If you get off at Berwick station you will need to pre-book a taxi as there is no taxi rank at this station.
Drusillas Park Postcode for SatNav: BN26 5QS