Now that #JasperBean is at the age where he’s able to take in more of the sights and smells around him. We visited Drusillas Park in Sussex and Godstone Farm in the Surrey Hills over the Easter bank holiday. It was our first time there and we were pleasantly surprised at how many animals, activities and rides offered at both locations for our day out.
There were exotic animals such as monkeys, reptiles, llamas, meerkats, turtles, flamingos, penguins, pets, a miniature farm (shetland ponies, piglets, chickens, goats etc) and the list goes on for small animals. A splash park and indoor and outdoor soft play area was a huge hit with the kids. This provided a good mix of activities suitable for our ever changing weather.
Would you believe me if I told you there was a Hello Kitty Secret Garden too? Yep, they had it! Hello Kitty would also make special appearances at scheduled times. Currently, they also have a Paw Patrol Event on Wednesdays, so don’t miss it if your little one is a fan. There are various gifts shops around the park where you can pick up Paw Patrol, Hello Kitty, Thomas the Tank Engine and Drusilla memorabilia.
There are also activities suitable for bigger kids/adults like the Safari Express Train that whizzed around the park. Unfortunately, whilst we were there, there was a section of the park that was cordoned off that had new rides coming soon (scheduled to be opening in *May 2017).
There are 3 cafes and various food outlets on site and all are reasonably priced with a selection of fresh and healthy offerings.
We stayed at the park for about 4 hours, just enough for a napping toddler and by the end of it, he was exhausted! This definitely made our car journey home a lot calmer.
Tickets are cheaper when you buy online in advance and do vary depending on whether you are visiting peak/off peak. Peak 2 adults = £34 online (£38 at the gate). 2+ years child = £17.50 online (£19.50 at the gate). Please visit their website for more details on pricing. If you have a Tesco Clubcard, you can also convert your vouchers to Drusillas Park 1 day entry tokens on the Tesco website. A code will be emailed to you and you will need this prior to your visit.
Following on the animal theme, we also visited Godstone Farm in the Surrey Hills. Well the name says it all, this is a farm, not a Zoo, so the animals were less exotic and more “Old McDonald”. There were cows, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, birds, rabbits, llamas, alpacas etc. You can buy feeds from the gift shop to give to the animals or head over to the Main Barn to get your hands on chickens, bunnies and guinea pigs. There are hand washing stations all over the farm, so don’t worry about messy little hands rubbing their eyes or putting them into their mouths.
One thing that’s different about this farm is there is a Dino Trail! If your little one is a dinosaur fanatic, they would enjoy discovering Stegosaurus and Pterosaurs amongst other creatures that roamed our land millions of years ago, imagine what they would tell their friends! They also had various outdoor play areas suitable for little and big kids, a tractor ride (extra fee) and a decent size indoor soft play area for under 12s as well.
Prices are slightly cheaper than Drusilla: • Adult (16+) £8.90
• Child (2-16 Years) £8.90
• Child (Under 2 Years) £3.40
• Child (Under 1 Years) Free
Both locations offer group/school visits and also have birthday party packages.
Overall, we preferred Drusilla Park for a day out more as they offered a variety of activities for all ages that kept everyone occupied and happy. The zoo, splash park and outdoor attractions were well looked after and I feel that future visits would still give us the thrill of a first-time visit. This is not to say that Godstone Farm was in any way inferior, it is just a matter of preference.
Have you visited either park? What did you like about them and would you visit again? Liked this? Check out my Peppa Pig World Survival Guide as well. If you have any suggestions of other places to visit, please let me know!
Love… MsMamaBean x