Entertainment during half term is always tricky, this week we were lucky enough to spend a day at Drusillas Park, one of the best small zoos in Europe. With a very excited 3, 6 and 9-year-old in tow, we set off to see what the zoo had to offer during half-term.

Photo of Drusillas Park near Brighton

Just a short drive from Brighton, Drusillas is a firm favourite with families as there is always something different to explore alongside the best-loved animals that keep children mesmerised, regardless of whether they have seen them before. Today when asked what the kids were most excited about seeing the replies were really surprising, Daniel (9) wanted to see the sloths and some chickens whilst Patrick (6) was excited at the thought of being reunited with his favourite animals at Drusillas – the meerkats!

Photo of Drusillas Park near Brighton

With our animal spotter book in hand we started the day by coming face to face with some amazing Drusilla’s residents - the squirrel monkeys (including a baby squirrel monkey who was especially beautiful!) With plenty of viewing opportunities, everyone got a chance to see these lively, cheeky monkeys, who were almost as fast as the children in our group! We were then transported to a Masai village which gave the kids a chance to explore a Masai hut and even practice the local language. The children all loved the interactive aspect of the zoo – there are loads of information flaps, things to press and challenges to do, they even have a booth to see how load you can shout – perfect for letting out that half-term tension!

After a fantastic morning discovering all the hundreds of species of animals at Drusillas, we headed to the café for a spot of lunch before exploring the themed adventure play areas. These were perfect, loads of different activities that literally kept the whole group entertained for a good two hours, the adults even got a chance to sit and have a hot drink – unheard of! There is a dedicated under 6’s area – Go Bananas! and the Go Wild! area has equipment that is suitable and challenging, for older children too. The Hello Kitty secret garden was loved by all, with at least 2 turns on each ride - the teacups especially were a lot of fun. I liked the fact that the Hello Kitty Secret Garden is right next door to the Go Safari area which has rides for older children so if you do have a wide range of ages you can keep everyone happy, big and small, without any arguments.

Photo of Drusillas Park near Brighton

The star of today’s show however, had to be the rainforest carousel; this is a newest ride to be added to the already long list of rides at Drusillas. The carousel itself is stunningly decorated with lots of bright rainforest animals, there is even a river turtle which is wheelchair friendly, so it is fully accessible too. After much discussion over which animal to choose, everyone went on to have numerous rides on different animals, my daughter wanted to check whether riding on the pelican was faster than a go on the cheetah, but it was an even match in the end! So, after a whole day at Drusillas what was the feedback from our junior critics? Martha (3) said it was “All very, very really good”, and asked to go back on the carousel, Daniel loved the Penguin Plunge slide and liked seeing the sloths (and the chickens) and Patrick (aged 6) really liked EVERYTHING when asked, especially the baby animals. If you’re stuck for ideas for a family day out that will guarantee everyone will be entertained, Drusillas is the perfect solution.

Photo of Drusillas Park near Brighton

Drusillas Park is located 12 miles from Brighton situated just off the A27 near Alfriston.

Caroline

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Widely known as the best small zoo in Europe, Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic day out that includes hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas.

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