Hi, looking for things to do with my 2 yr old when staying with relatives near hastings and i stumbled across Druissila Park. Is it worth the money? We're going the first week teh school are back so im hoping its quiet and not the "crowded tour" everyone seems to be moaning about! I dont seem to have come across many people who have been with a toddler, i suppose i rally wanted to know is it worth paying the "full price ticket" for her!
We've been a few times, the first was when DD1 had only just learnt to walk and she had a ball. It was winter and bitterly freezing but we managed 4hrs before succoming to the warmth of home. Plenty of animals and lots of play equipment, both in and out. If I remember right, there are lots of "play points" (is that the right word?) as you wander round. You know, wooden cut outs so you can stick your head thru and pretend to ne a pig/sheep etc, milk a fake cow, guess which animal does the biggest poo, can you run as quick as a jauqar, jump as far as a ???? And you can't miss the Thomas train! Even the gift shop can be avoided if you line yourself up on the right side of your child as you head out. Even the food is pretty good on the taste front.
We're planning on going that first week of the school term too EssexVic for the same reasons and looked into prices last night. Not sure if you've seen but you can exchange your Tesco clubcard points for tickets - makes it slightly cheaper. The overall costs isn't too bad when you have it for an occasional day out.
I used to work there when I was a teenager! I loved it there - best job I ever had, and really fab place. The zoo is still nice, and the play park is excellent. But do not let on tht there is a playpark at the end of the zoo. We live near by and my dc know its there and it ruins the zoo part as they just want to get to the park. The food is crap now (used to be great home cooked lovely meals), usual hotdogs, chips and stuff. The queue can be massive so might be worth going pretty early in the day to avoid it. Every time that I have arrived at 11 ish it has been a huge queue (I am talking an hour to get in). Have a great time!
I took my DS when he was 2.6 & we had a great time. Would agree with tummytickler, wasn't much choice with food & once DS discovered the soft play & park he didn't want to go anywhere else (thought the park was great though!)
It is fantastic, especially for very little ones. Even rhe rain can't spoil it as lots of the zoo is under cover and there is a great soft play area (the toasted sarnies in here are nice and look better value than the main eatery).
Also recommend seven sisters sheep centre, if you are out that way.