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“Something for everyone - good value”
Review of Drusillas Park

Drusillas Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Berwick
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Widely regarded as the best small zoo in Europe Drusillas Park offers a fun finding-out day out. Brilliant play areas including, Go Wild! Go Bananas! and Amazon Adventure. Plus Thomas the Tank Engine and close encounters in Lemurland. It’s no ordinary zoo!
East Sussex, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Something for everyone - good value”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Very enjoyable place to go - especially when you have a season ticket and can go often. Very educational with lots of fun ways of getting animal facts displayed. Good facilities for indoor play if needed and lots of food places.
I was a bit disappointed with the new Hello Kitty car ride - cute little cars and lovely garden around track, but steering wheels are fixed and have no movement, very frustrating for little ones who want to steer, Also the brakes for stopping are far too severe - they nearly catapult you out of the car, I'm sure they haven't market tested these points. Was also covered in horrible little black bugs while in that area - needs some pest control.
But aside from that everything else is great - especially the maze that is full of surprises.

Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“What an amazing place!”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

I hadn't heard of this place before we visited Hastings and were looking for day trips and activities. I'm so glad we went! It was wonderful, my 20-month-old son loved all the animals (especially the mechanical hens which tell you to wash your hands in the farmyard...) and was so excited to see Thomas the Tank Engine. We had a ride on Thomas and also on the rides in the Hello Kitty section. They are still doing a bit of work in this area but it is really good and nice that you don't have to pay extra for the rides so you can go on the little car three times if you want to (which we did). It was a hot day so we had a paddle in the Explorers pool to cool down and an ice cream, both of which we really enjoyed.

The price was very reasonable being a term time day but in general there was no feeling that they are trying to bleed you dry like in some places, so we didn't mind putting 50p in a little ride-on machine as we went round. We loved going into the lemur and bird enclosures, we didn't buy the nectar on offer as I think it would have been a bit overwhelming for our son to have all the birds crowd round, so we just watched (plus the woman in front of us got some bird droppings in her hair...)

All in all a fantastic day out for our toddler son and one we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as well.

Visited June 2014
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
“A Fab Day out for all ages”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

Visited here on Mon 7th July with all ages from 18 months to grandparents. Often wondered why people rave about Drusillas and now I can see why. It's a compact zoo with loads to see and do, something new around every corner. There has been lots of thought about the enclosures, from the meerkat tunnel and pop up view point, to full length floor to ceiling windows, to steps for secret viewing places so that everyone can see as much as possible and being able to go into enclosures to see the lemurs and have lorikeets drink nectar from your hand. We spent a full day there and saw most things twice and would certainly go back again. The kids paddling pool was a welcome break in the afternoon, just right for little children. Just a few points to note:-
The food is expensive and not much to write home about. Knowing now that there are lockers in the park, we would take a picnic another time. There are plenty of places to sit and eat.
The queue to enter the park was short but took ages - you definitely need to buy online and save on the walk in entrance fee.
It's basically one way round the park and there is only one shortcut. We ended up walking all the way back from the Lorikeets round the zoo to get to the penguins which were only about 5 metres away!

Visited July 2014
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Drusillas, Owner at Drusillas Park, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Thank you for your positive review of Drusillas we are delighted that you and your family had a great day out. With regards to your point on food at the Park I am wondering whether you only found Oasis our fast food outlet and did not go into Explorers which is our main catering outlet. This sells a good range of food including jacket potatoes with various fillings, home made pasta, pizzas, home made sandwiches, cakes etc and a large self service salad bar as well as favourites like fish and chips. There are also kiddie lunch bags as well as hot kiddie meals. We also sell Starbucks coffee and Ben and Jerry ice cream in this outlet. Perhaps if you did not go into Explorers on your recent visit you may like to try it next time.
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Horley, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Drusillas”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

So impressed with this place! Not only are the animals well looked after, I felt looked after too! Unlike other attractions of this nature, this is good value for money! The food and drink is of good quality and so reasonably priced! Even the ice creams are affordable. I will be back in the summer with more of my nephews and nieces...... Thank you Drusillas for a fab day out, without the need for a second mortgage..........

Jane - Horley, Surrey

Visited July 2014
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Ashford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Fab day out”
Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

My daughter received a feed the Lemurs gift or her 18th birthday. So we went with friends and children all aged over 13. Everyone had a fantastic day. The park wasnt very busy which was great all the animals are lovely. Lots and lots to see and do. A play bit. Food was lovely. Cannot wait to take my godchildren back. Who will love it. Thoroughly recommend! Feeding the Lemurs was great too!

Visited July 2014
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