Reviewed by Laura Skinner
Getting to Drusillas Park was pretty straight forward as there were plenty of signs along the way.
We arrived an hour after the park opened at 11am and there were already quite a few cars in the car park even though it was a wet and rainy day. The car park had plenty of signs to lead us in the right direction and there was a small play park with some picnic benches on the way to the entrance.
Once inside the park we headed towards the new Hello Kitty Secret Garden and past a large gift shop which had lots of lovely toys in window which instantly got my children’s attention.
We headed into the Hello Kitty Secret Garden and found a bench with Hello Kitty on it which was perfect for photographs. Further into the garden we discovered the Hopper ride which looked really good fun, however my children had already spotted the Hello Kitty Cars and were eager to join the short queue. We parked our stroller along the white picket fence, and waited for a short period of time before my son and I jumped in to the first free car whilst my husband and daughter got into the next. The cars are very cute and the ride itself is through a very pretty garden full of lavender plants, with a tunnel and some trivia questions along the way to keep us amused throughout the short car journey. My children really enjoyed the ride so much they wanted to go again.
The next stop was the Hello Kitty Teacups and we were lucky to get the last free one without having to queue. The ride was good fun although it was very short and could have lasted a bit longer.
We then headed to Hello Kitty’s very pretty house where my children were very eager to meet the lady herself. We joined the short queue and waited about 5 minutes before taking our turn. The house inside is very nicely decorated and Hello Kitty was there to greet my delighted children and give them both a cuddle and pose for photographs. The staff member assisting was very helpful and pleasant and was happy to take photos if needed. We were not rushed throughout the whole greeting and my children really enjoyed the experience and were very pleased when they received a Hello Kitty postcard from the member of staff.
There is also a Hello Kitty Parlour where children can get their face painted or get temporary tattoos however my children were too eager to explore the rest of Drusillas Park.
There are so many different types of attractions to appeal to kids all ages. My children really enjoyed the Eden’s Eye Maze as did my husband and I and the next favourite spot was the play areas.
There are difference play zones which cater for toddlers right up to teens. We spent quite a bit of time in the ‘Go Wild’ and ‘Go Banannas’ areas until the rain started again and we decided it was best to have our picnic before the rain got too heavy. There are of couple eating facilities providing burgers and snacks and 2 large picnic areas, one of which is undercover but unfortunately was full by the time we got there at 12.30.
As the rain got heavier we decided to board Thomas the Tank engine and see the sights of the park by train. Unlike the Hello Kitty rides, this train journey lasted a lot longer and was a great way to see into the Zoo area and my children enjoyed seeing all the Trains from the series along the way.
Unfortunately by the time we got to explore the zoo it was raining pretty heavy, but we still enjoyed seeing all the variety of animals, and my children really enjoyed stamping their animal book at each point. If the weather had of been better were would have spent more time exploring the zoo however we were all a bit soggy at this stage and decided to call it a day.
We all had a lovely day at Drusillas Park and loved the Hello Kitty Secret Garden, and would definitely go back again.
Tickets can be booked online at a cheaper rate and I do feel the price is value for money.
A great thing about the Park is that there are plenty of toilet facilities, all of which we found to be very clean and spacious. There are a few actives which cost extra, however the majority of the rides including all the new Hello Kitty rides and the Thomas the Tank Engine Train ride are all included in the cost of the park ticket which is great.
For the latest ticket prices and to save money by booking online visit www.drusillas.co.uk.
Drusillas Park,Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS | 01323 874100