Tag Archives: Events in East Sussex

Batty Halloween Fun!

20 Oct

This Halloween, the Rodrigues flying foxes at Drusillas Park have been discovering that they are bats about pumpkin! The trick or treat troop have been hanging out and dinning on jack-o’-lanterns, ordered to decorate the Park during the half-term Shriek Week.

Known as flying foxes due to their size, fox-like features and ginger furry body, Rodrigues fruit bats are amongst the rarest bats in the world. In the wild they are only found on the island of Rodrigues, near Mauritiusin the Indian Ocean.

At the zoo, these large bats are much more used to a fruity feast of apples, bananas, oranges, kiwis, melons, peaches and plums. Nevertheless they also eat leaves, leaf eater pellets, insects and vegetables and the seasonal special made a very welcome change.

Pumpkins make the ideal animal snack as they are a great source of potassium, Vitamin A and they are also high in fibre. However due to their seasonal nature they are not often enjoyed by the residents of the zoo.

Delivering the animals’ meals in imaginative and unusual ways is part of the zoo’s daily enrichment programme. This ensures they receive a varied and diverse diet, as well as encouraging them to think and work for their food as they would in the wild.


Half Term Halloween Fun!

12 Oct

If you are bored of all your local haunts, stake out the fun at Drusillas Park over the Halloween period. Between Saturday 22nd and Monday 31st October, Drusillas have conjured up some fang-tastically spooky surprises to keep your little horrors half term happy.

Venture through the creepy cobwebbed corridors of The Haunted Cottage into the terror-tory of Winifred the witch, as she plays hide and shriek with the unsuspecting public! Be warned however, Winifred and her frightful cat can startle young children and those of a nervous disposition!!

Winifred and her fiendish tricksters have also buried a wealth of their witchy wares within the sandy hollows of Dino-Dig. Help Drusillas reverse Winifred’s spell and return to normality, by retrieving the items in exchange for a tasty treat.

Visitors can also jump aboard Thomas the Tank Engine to complete the Pumpkin Challenge and experience a hair-raising haul through the Spooky Tunnel. With all this, plus the usual animal magic it’s well worth hopping on your broomstick and flying to Drusillas.

Snake Saturday and Spider Sunday

21 Jun

Venture down to Drusillas Park this weekend (25th and 26th June) and meet some of the extraordinary animals taking up residence in the Discovery Centre as part of Snake Saturday and Spider Sunday.

On Saturday 25th June, a range of snakes will be sliding their way to the zoo and experts will be available to give advice on these fangtastic creatures. If you find snakes charming or think your knowledge of boas is constricted, this is the ideal opportunity to find out more about them.

Or creep down to Drusillas on Sunday 26th June and discover some spectacular spiders. Experts from the British Tarantula Society will be available to answer questions throughout the day, including Drusillas Park’s very own spider woman, Angela Hale.

Known as Tarangela at the zoo, Angela knows all there is to know about these eight-legged creatures and will be on hand to help visitors understand these mini monsters.

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.  

Easter Events: Ben 10’s Four Arms Smashes into Drusillas Park!

6 Apr

Don’t forget that Ben 10 will be smashing into Drusillas Park next week on Wednesday 13th April transformed as the formidable Four Arms.

Four Arms from Ben 10

Within the first series of the Ben 10 saga, Four Arms is the animated hero’s most commonly used and favoured ally.

In the TV show, the four-armed and four-eyed alien proves an unrivalled powerhouse of physical strength and force. He is able to create shockwaves by simply clapping his hands together or pounding the ground, earning him the nickname Big Smack.

The Cartoon Network character will make an appearance at the zoo, giving visitors the opportunity to meet Ben 10’s hugely popular alter ego. The super powered alien will be appearing at intervals throughout the day, making a visit to Drusillas truly out of this world.

Half Term Events in Sussex

17 Feb

Creep down to Drusillas Park on Sunday 20th February and meet some amazing mini monsters at Creepy CrawliesThe Discovery Centre, open between 11am and 4pm, will be swarming with weird insects, slimy molluscs and scary spiders and experts from the British Tarantula Society will be available to answer questions.

Or enjoy some Animal Encounters with some of the Park’s friendliest residents on Wednesday 23rd February. Visitors will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a range of species including snakes, chinchillas, cockroaches, rats and lizards and the Education Department will be on hand to inform the public about these wonderful creatures.

Plus the zoo which is already home to hundreds of fascinating and entertaining creatures, has introduced four gregarious Colobus Monkeys onto the zoo route. In the wild these large monkeys inhabit the forests of central Africa, where their numbers are declining due to habitat destruction and hunting. The troop consisting of one male and three females will form a breeding group.

For more information about all the exciting Character Appearences, Special Events and Seasonal Specials Drusillas has on this year click on the following link: The best events in Sussex!

Christmas Magic at the Zoo

12 Nov

Dashing into Drusillas Park with a bumper sleigh full of presents, Santa merrily takes ho-ho-host in his magical  Christmas Cottage during weekends from 4th December and then daily from 11th – 23rd December inclusive.

Full of enchantment and the wonder of Christmas, the cottage is jam packed with presents and other festive treats ready for delivery on Christmas Eve. For a small additional charge children have the opportunity to meet Santa and receive an early Christmas gift.

During this time, the festive cheer will spread throughout the Park.  The Drusillas elves will be busy showing children a selection of seasonal activities in the Wacky Workshop. There will also be the opportunity for children to have their faces painted as reindeers, fairies or even a Christmas pud.