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Chestnut Tree House Visits Sussex Zoo

27 Sep

A group of young people from Chestnut Tree House have enjoyed a complimentary day out at award-winning Drusillas Park. The visit took place on Saturday as part of the charity’s Fun and Friendship Youth Group outings.

Chestnut Tree House is the only hospice for children in Sussex and Drusillas Park’s Charity of the Year. Families are never charged for their care and the charity receives little government funding, so relies almost entirely on the help and support of the community to raise the £2.5 million required to provide its services.

During their visit, the group encountered a host of furry and feathered creatures along the zoo route including the resident meerkats, penguins and lemurs. They also enjoyed some close animal encounters in the new walk through aviary, Lory Landing.

Activity and Buddy Co-ordinator, Trisha Cullingford commented: “Our young people have varied disabilities and complex needs and the sight, sound and smell experience of Drusillas was an excellent activity for them.”

“We spent time looking and interacting with the animals and some of our young people went on the train. A couple fed the parrots and one said ‘that was the best thing ever’. Another member of our group sat for ages captivated by a lemur eating and feeding.”

“We were looked after very well, nothing was too much trouble for the staff; they were really friendly and helpful.”


Things to do with the Kids this Summer

12 Jul

This summer get ready to soak up the fun at Drusillas; the South East’s Visitor Attraction of the Year. It’s the perfect place to occupy your little monkeys during the school holidays, with over 100 different animal species, a large adventure play area, a Thomas & Friends™ train ride and a diary jammed-packed with events.

Test out your skills against the extraordinary talents of the animal kingdom at the Zoolympics Challenge Day on Tuesday 26th July or visit on Wednesday 27th July and meet Ben & Holly from the Little Kingdom. 

August heralds the start of Peppa Pig month at Drusillas when this cheeky favourite will be making appearances on eight different dates! Join in the excitement and snorts of laughter as the lovable Peppa embarks on another adventure with her brother George on 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th August. The Fat Controller himself will also be causing a locomotion when he alights at the Park to oversee the running of the Thomas & Friends™ railway on 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd August.

Plus there’s all the usual animal magic. Drusillas offers an opportunity to get nose to nose with nature with hundreds of exotic animals from monkeys and crocodiles to penguins and meerkats.

The large themed paddling pool, Explorer’s Lagoon is the perfect place to relax on warm and sunny days and Go Wild! Go Bananas! and Amazon Adventure are paradise for anyone who needs to let off steam. Don’t miss close encounters in Lemurland or the brand new walk-through parrot aviary – Lory Landing.

Things to Do During May Half Term

20 May

As the kids break up this May half term get ready to soak up the fun at award winning Drusillas Park; the South East’s Visitor Attraction of the Year.

There is plenty to entertain the youngest to the oldest visitor including the zoo’s brand new attraction for 2011, Lory Landing due to open on 28th May.

This walk-through aviary offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with a friendly flock of rainbows lorikeets; a brightly coloured parrot native to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Cbeebies Superstar, Justin Fletcher will also tumble into Drusillas on Sunday 29th May followed by Shaun the Sheep and Timmy on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May; ewe’d be crazy to miss it!

Plus there’s all the usual animal magic on offer with hundreds of exotic creatures in the zoo, oodles of adventure play and a Thomas & Friends™ train ride that runs daily.