Easter at Drusillas Park and Godstone Farm
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.
There is a tea shop on site, but food choices are limited.
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
Really good review and all the info needed. Parks are so expensive though, the adult tickets. Love the name Jasper by the way. #Blogstravaganza
Thank you mamagrace! I do agree that parks are expensive and they do add up, that’s why its even more special for them when we don’t get to go often. It also helps when you can collect points and vouchers from supermarkets and retailers for park entrances.
ANytime you can keep the littles entertained for the day it’s a win
Definitely agree – whatever makes them happy is a bonus for us busy parents. Its even better when they can go to a place where you know they are safe and can learn outside and not just in books.
This looks really good, it would be the perfect day out for us! Anything to do with animals puts a smile on our faces! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx
We are very lucky to have so much outdoor space close enough to the cities to share with our furry friends. Its such a great place to see them up close and for little ones to learn more and enjoy nature.
Oh my goodness, this looks so fun! I have a 2 year old daughter that would love this!
Definitely bring them along, they will have a lot of fun especially when the weather is warmer 🤗
It looks like so much fun ! You had me at hello kitty garden.
Hello Kitty is so universal right?! It’s an adorable place to go and suits both boys and girls x
Wow this sounds like a great place to visit! Wish we had something like that here.
This looks like so much fun!
Such a fun time. I so wanna visit this sometime. Thanks for sharing your experience,
We had a lovely time, really fun and educational too x