This was our 2nd time as keeper for the day, and it was just as great. Loads of time with the animals and you learn so much from the keeper. Such a better gift for someone rather than plastic toys that you don’t need, and the money goes back to the zoo, win win situation. Gretel the armadillo, what a funny creature... all Covid compliant.
In November 2020, Elizabeth Forty said:
My daughter had the most amazing time on her Keeper for the Day experience. She got up close with loads of animals (had meerkats sitting on her lap, stroked the beavers and capybaras, fed the penguins, too many to mention individually!). She absolutely loved it and I would highly recommend it for a birthday or Christmas present.
In November 2020, Debbie said:
2nd year running went for my birthday but this year with a twist as we had a lemur experience. Amazing the lemurs are such funny little creatures. I couldn't stop looking at their little hands. The keeper was lovely and really informative. Highly recommend
In November 2020, Frederica G said:
The whole day was very special. The zoo keeper who facilitated my day was amazing and very knowledgeable. Nothing was too much trouble and the day very educational while bearing in mind all health and safety issues. I experienced a whole range of hands on feeding and cleaning with a variety of animals and birds. My favourite (although hard to pick just one) were probably the fruit bats and the Sloth!
I was also very impressed with the cleanliness of everywhere including feeding preparation areas and the quality of the animals food together with the thought put into their diets.
What an amazing 70th! birthday gift I had at this well run and special zoo whose whole priority is the welfare of its animals and the enjoyment of visitors. I would highly recommend it! I have now become a volunteer!
In October 2020, senayhasan said:
Wonderful place for young and old children has a variety of animals and there is a place for children to play. we have an annual membership for the whole family and it is very cheap.We are there with the children almost every weekend and we never get bored.
In October 2020, Psarginson said:
Best park in the South-East!
Absolutely amazing place, visited in the school holidays with our 4 & 8 year old children.
We spent 7 hours here but could easily have stayed longer. Really well organised, felt really safe with Covid restrictions in place.
The zoo was a highlight for us, all the animals were extremely well looked after and amazing to see a red panda and porcupine so close!
Mark the Zoo Manager was extremely knowledgeable and spent time telling us about each animal, the children were fascinated. All the staff were really friendly and more than happy to help.
Great play areas and rides with a good mix for both school aged and pre-school children ( and adults!)
Nice restaurant and places to get snacks and coffee at really reasonable prices!
One of the best days out we have ever had...Our children are still talking about it weeks later, can’t wait to go again! 😊
In October 2020, michael d said:
We visited during the covid restrictions, the staff were working hard to keep all surfaces safe which really put us all at ease.
The zoo is really good for all generations, the animals all looked well looked after and very interactive with the visitors, there is so much to see you will need to spend a whole day going around as there is so much to see.
Everyone in our group thought it was one of the best places we had ever visited and I must also praise all the staff for there friendly faces and their hard work making our visit so enjoyable.
In October 2020, luke14ott said:
Drusillas is ok if you have children under 4 or 5. We took our 16 month old here on monday 19th oct. We knew she could only go on a few rides which was fine with us and great for her first experience with rides. She did love them and the few animals it has. I understand why the owners wish to cut back on staff during the week when it’s quiet so they can pocket more money for their Christmas booze. But the staggering of times for rides makes the waiting so much longer. Especially if the operator is late getting to the other ride and then you try get to the other ride in that time slot and approach the rides with 3 minutes left in the slot to be told its closed until the following hours slot. Was little frustrating but luckily at 16months our daughter wouldn’t understand, still not good practice though... The cafes are disgustingly overpriced and we didn’t purchase any food at all. The prices are more then anywhere ive seen of similar places.
I do feel they could have more animals maybe. I dont get the new dinosaur bit. Kinda unnecessary but hey ho maybe another ride or animals instead... £19 advanced ticket is a fair bit but overall we thought wasnt a bad day out. Think £16/17 is ample and especially when its same price for a child over2. Kinda feel children should be reduced rate... £23:50 on the day is extortionate.
As said was a good day out and good to take our daughter on her first rides. But feel prices maybe should be slightly lower.
We are around 1hr45 mins away and similar from cotswold wildlife which has no rides But is only around £16 and is massive zoo. We can take her to kids rides for £1 each at nearby leisure park near the sea..
Also staff were very friendly
In October 2020, Nichola G said:
My daughter participated in a penguin feeding experience- she absolutely loved it. The zoo keeper went above and beyond to ensure we had a great time! She was enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable. All of the Drusillas staff were very helpful.
I would highly recommend an animal encounter experience.
In October 2020, KTJ82 said:
I took my nearly 5yr old daughter to Drusillas a few weeks ago, and she is still talking about. She squealed on the carousel, beamed that she was tall enough to go on the Hippo Ride all by herself, and stuck her tongue out at the snake! We rated Jurassic Jungle a 10/10, as it had a few surprises (I won't spoil it...), and she tells me her favourite animal is a penguin! They all swam up close to her and her reaction was adorable.
We had such a lovely day together, and made lots of precious memories during these strange times. I was impressed with the amount of thought that had gone into the Covid-19 circumstances, and felt very protected. Everyone was being sensible and enjoying themselves.
Well done Drusillas! We will be back!
In September 2020, SUEY E said:
We chose to wait and go off peak, we feel safer with less people around, numbers of visitors are limited. Lots of reminders to sanitize/wash hands. Glad we were able to get out for the day and help the zoos. The year nearly passed without a family day. we needed this day out and it cheered us up within minutes of walking in. My children are 19yrs & 21yrs old, they were amazed . A great variety of animals, lots of smaller breeds and species , the enclosures are on a route to follow, so you don’t miss anything. Plenty of play areas for smaller kids, I should of come here 15 years ago with my kids. The maze had us in stitches. We will return
In September 2020, paul19602013 said:
We visited with our granddaughter who thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the animals. We visited in the afternoon so it wasn't as busy and we were able to social distance comfortably. Well laid out zoo with plenty of attractions for children as well.
In September 2020, Anne-Marie K said:
My daughters April lockdown birthday present was be a zookeeper for the day, she was so excited. She's 10! We spent the day with a lovely lady and despite their being a few restrictions, masks, hand sanitizer now the new norm due to the Covid, it all felt very easy. Although being 10 she could have gone off on her own but as an animal lover myself I got to go too (not to all but managed to either go in or I was able to photograph most enclosures). We got to see lots of animals that aren't on display and learnt lots about the work of the park. Being braver than me my daughter managed to hold all manor of species. The cheeky Lama that jumped on my daughters shoulder when she entered the enclosure with food was a treat. thankfully we had been warned of his antics. We both left having had then most amazing day!
In September 2020, claire g said:
Overall we had a good time at Drusilla's. As usual there was so there was so much to do; seeing the animals, rides, climbing area. The park and staff are consistent about social distancing, with clear signage, hand sanitizers and reminders - however there are far too many people at the park, especially around the cafe area. I would not go again unless timed entry was introduced.
In September 2020, ZBH88 said:
Despite some areas being closed we managed some 5 hours at the park before calling it a day due to the heat. What a fantastic place lots of lovely animals and the most amazing climbing frames and slides. The water play area was particularly popular and the fairground rides. All were very well managed and extremely clean and well looked after. It's such a shame we live half way up the country as I know my little boys would want to come every other day. And me for that matter. The food was good quite expensive but big portions. Overall well worth the money.
In September 2020, Sam H Arnold said:
We had such a good time my little girl cried when we left.
Having a child with ASD she has always loved the interactive nature of Drusillas. Going anywhere after lockdown is always a concern, we shouldn't have worried. The park is well laid out with good COVID measures in place. The measures have not taken anything away from the fun.
What is there not to love about baby Meerkats, what an added bonus?
A thoroughly enjoyable day.
In September 2020, Family-of-four217 said:
Our little girl loved her hands on farm encounter at Drusillas. It was really well organised and the keeper was brilliant.
In September 2020, Msansour said:
This is a truly fantastic place . Our kids had a great time and there was so much to do. Would have enjoyed it a lot more if I came pre or post covid . While the park has a lot of signs about social distancing and plenty of sanitizers there are just way too many people at the park . Impossible to social distance . Also some bits require to move from one part of the other through enclosed super narrow pathways . They really could have made an effort to have an alternative route ! The Parking lot was full with cars. Clearly they are making no effort to reduce the numbers . The need for online booking is just for PR .
In September 2020, Kyle Stevens said:
My family visited Drusillas with two younger children who thoroughly enjoyed the day out! It’s zoo has a whole host of animals, all with their own quirky characters in which you can watch them all for hours! Definitely make time for watching the gibbons due to their human like behaviour which leaves you mesmerized and in tears of laughter! The facilities are clean and there are social distracting measures in queue lines which are adhered to. As well, face coverings are mandatory in inside enclosures. The staff are very helpful, including a wonderful volunteer who took time to talk To us personally about the sloth and bat walk through enclosure, which was pretty spectacular! There are plenty of opportunities to sanitize your hands around the park, meaning your kids can still interact with fun physical features. Most things are open now including walk through enclosures and play areas. Nevertheless there were a few issues. There seemed to be no limited capacity on the amount of people entering the park making it very hard to social distance in busy areas and therefore hard to relax and enjoy yourself sometimes. In addition, be aware that not all attractions are included in the price (e.g. climbing wall, inflatable slide etc.) in which you pay extra for but hardly worth the value due to time constraints of use. Also, the queue for Starbucks coffee was ridiculously long due to only 1 member of staff serving at the kiosk at a very slow rate. I understand social distancing measures restricts the amount of staff you can have in one area, but there must be a more effective system in place. Please also note if queueing at the kiosk you will hear the constant sound of an elephant (funny at first but gets very annoying after 30 minutes of queueing). I would expect to see a duty manager actively sorting these problems out and creating easier ways to social distance throughout the park, troubleshooting these issues, while trying/aspiring to create the ‘best‘ day out. Apart from that, I would recommend taking young children to this spectacular zoo/park.
In September 2020, uksussexcouple said:
Visited here on 29th August 2020 for our first family visit.
The kids, aged 5 & 6 absolutely had an amazing day! Loved all the rides, especially the cheetahs and the hippo ride. They both were also a big fan of the adventure playground.
Lots of hand sanitizer stations dotted around set at heights for both adults and children.
Toilets were kept exceptionally clean.
Hand gel had to be put on before going on a ride.
having to pay extra money for the penguin plunge slide.
The park seemed over busy by the afternoon and it was very hard to social distance anywhere within the park, especially as being told that they had restricted the amount of people who were let in.
In September 2020, XStark1ll3rX said:
This is the perfect day out for all! Few rides for the kids to go on which are being cleaned hourly. Mandatory sanitisation is required before any rides. Great covid precautions. Food in the restaurant is pretty good but expensive as to be expected in zoos/parks. Zoo section of the park is fantastic, better than drayton manor! Lots of different animals, birds and reptiles to see thoughout the walkthough! There was even baby meerkats when we visited! Overall an amazing day out.
In September 2020, Delia S said:
We paid for a close encounter experience with beavers and a capybara for our granddaughter's eighth birthday, which she loved. She spent almost an hour in the enclosure feeding them and learning facts about them from the keeper. Our granddaughter then went on all the rides in the park several times, and on the train, as well as visiting all the other animals.
In September 2020, Stephen said:
We surprised our 3 grandchildren to a visit to Drusilla’s Park and we all had such a wonderful day out, there was so much to see and do. They especially loved the pre-arranged experience of feeding the Lemurs, it was the highlight of their trip. The keeper was very friendly, knowledgeable and excellent with the girls even though they asked so many questions and wanted to take a Lemur home! We then had lunch in the Explorer's Cafe which was excellent. We were very impressed with the amount of sanitiser stations and distancing reminders over the P.A. system and the route through the Zoo is well thought out and easy to follow. We all felt very safe and really enjoyed the day. Thank you Drusilla’s for making the day so special even though we picked a wet day to visit.
In September 2020, emma r said:
Visited with friends and our children on the 1st September.
An amazing day!
The rides were all set up with hand sanitizer, the staff were very helpful and great with the children & the queues moved quickly.
The restaurant staff were fantastic, it was very clean and all the tables were spaced out to make you feel safe.
Toilets all 1 family at a time and always clean
Fantastic experience considering the volume of people.
Definitely be returning.
In August 2020, Claire B said:
I bought my 9yr old a "Keeper for the Day" experience for Christmas 2019. She's animal-mad and she couldn't wait until March (beginning-just shy of Covid as it turned out!) She loved being responsible for chopping food and feeding animals; those lemurs are cheeky! I was with her throughout the day and got some amazing photos, and at one point I watched her as she was feeding the penguins and felt a burst of pride- she had grown up within minutes! Handling cold slimey fish (with gloves on) and not batting an eyelid about it, just making sure each penguin got their fair share and got their exercise too by swimming for it! She handled mice, a giant cockroach, chinchillas, fed a wide array of animals including lemurs and bats, cleaned out some animals and groomed others. Our real keeper/chaperone for the day was patient, kind, informative, encouraging and understanding. She was exceptional. I can't rate this experience highly enough although it brings out the brave in your children if they're a tiny bit fussy about slime, poo or smells!! They learn to get on with it!! Thank you so much Drusillas, a life-changing day she will remember forever!!❤