What does it all mean Basil? 

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Over the last few years, Mike and I have constantly been asked for recommendations of where people can take their children, whether we have found places to be age appropriate for the musketeers and whether we’d go back to places we have been, again. For 6 years, we have dragged our kids from place to place, both great places and some not so great, to give them experiences and get them trying new things. Now we want to share some of the places we love so our friends with younger children can get some ideas about where to take their kids and maybe some places to avoid too. Obviously everyone is different so not everyone will enjoy what we do, but I hope you manage to find some ideas at least for future fun antics! 

Summer time! 

Over the last month, we have visited many different beaches so we can review them for you and make recommendations for the Summer. As we continue to visit them, I’ll be updating the post from now until September. 

Hythe Beach 

Personally, Hythe is our favourite local place to go to when the weather is nice. Not only is it the place we had our first date back in 2010, but we’ve spent some amazing days there with close family and friends over the years and it never fails to give us a good trip out 

The beach itself has just had all the stones renewed, and therefore is a tad chalky to sit on at the moment, but it does mean you can sit closer to the sea without having to worry about getting wet if you don’t want to! 

We usually park by the football pitch in the road behind the beach and walk through the alley where the toilets are. That way we are right by the cafe and toilets before getting in the car on the way home and we don’t have to worry about finding parking right down the front when it’s busy. The road behind is also free and unlimited parking, unlike the hythe imperial car park. It’s also only a short walk to the sandpit (Hythe imperial) which means you can get the best of both worlds and visit a sandy and stoney beach at the same time. 

Hythe is also one of the best beaches for rollerblading, cycling and those with wheelchairs as there is a lovely, wide promenade with a really smooth surface which has become our kids’ favourite place to rollerblade/skate.

During the warmer months, the food choices are amazing in this area. We get THE best pancakes ever from the Italian Pancake man at £2.00 a pancake and he does so many different options. The kids love them so much that they choose these over the ice cream man every time! Raspberry and chocolate are our personal favourites but there’s something to suit everyone. He also sells cans and bottles of drink too. 

There is also a pop up coffee shop which is really popular and sets up next to the ice cream man and pancake man so make sure you take some cash for these places as they are definitely worth a visit. 

Hythe town: 

Hythe town is really underrated! We love it! There are so many quirky little shops, cafes and charity shops to have a nose through. There are car parks really close to the shops so you don’t have to walk far and these are all pay by phone enabled incase you have no cash. 

Our favourite shop in Hythe is J.C.Rooks and sons as they sell amazing sausage rolls, pies, pasties and baguettes for such low cost. It’s always been a family favourite for us, and Ashford seems to be the only place that doesn’t have one! Our kids love their cherry and Nutella turnovers, so if you want to treat your kids… this might be one to try! 

Hythe Canal: 

Hythe Canal is beautiful and you can hire boats to take a scenic trip down the canal when the weather is nice. I think we paid £15 on a time limit but it was well worth the money for the fun we had. We all really enjoyed it (once we got the hang of rowing) and is definitely something we would do again. The kids are given life jackets and it’s not as stressful as it sounds… honest! The kids are usually so busy looking at things that they don’t rock the boat like you’d think they might and I’m yet to see a kid being fished out the Canal! 
Littlestone Beach: 

The thing we like about Littlestone beach is the fact that dogs are allowed, when the tide is out there is plenty of sand space to play on, it’s barely ever busy, it is right by the lifeboat station and has a cute little play park next to it. 

We usually park in the lay by on the main road but it can be tricky to get a space as it is also where the residents in the flats park. My Nan and Grandad lived by the lifeboat station when we were growing up and we spent most weekends on the beach and I can honestly say we never got bored. We love the fact the next generation are still able to enjoy it all in the same way. During the Summer, the life boat station holds a funday with all the emergency services where kids can dress up and sit in all the emergency service vehicles and watch demonstrations. This year 

Easter Activities List

So..Not quite a blog post but I thought I would do all the research for you to save you so time and give you a nice, juicy list of things you can get up to over the Easter Holidays.
  • Leeds Castle – 1st April – 17th (whole school holiday) – There is an Easter trail for £1 extra per trail card, also hour long guided walks/shows throughout the day where you can go around the grounds while Robin Hood, Maid Marion and their merry men act out scenes to make it into more of a show. There are also Robin Hood related arts and crafts so the kids can make various items to take with them on their quest. https://www.leeds-castle.com/What%E2%80%99s+On/Family%20&%20Children/Easter%20Quest/
  • Canterbury tales – Monday – Friday both weeks of the holidays – Medieval themed story telling, knight training at knight school and also Maypole dancing. https://www.canterburytales.org.uk/events/event/medieval-story-garden-easter17/
  • Kent Life – 1st & 2nd of April – As well as all the usual Easter activities such as meeting the new animals, tractor rides, playing in the park and paint a pot, you will also be allowed to feed the baby lambs and watch a special Sooty and Sweep show throughout the day. http://kentlife.org.uk/event/the-sooty-show/
  • Hop Farm Peppa Pig Day – 5th April – Entry Price is £1 like always, which covers the indoor and outdoor play areas and the crazy golf. Everything else is at an additional price per activity. Peppa and George will be making appearances throughout the day on the 5th of April (and only this day), doing meet and greets for any kids who might be interested. Personally I cant say I am a huge fan of the Hop Farm as it is definitely a place where “it all adds up”, but if money is no object or you want to tick it off your to-do list, a themed day such as this one might make it that bit more appealing. https://thehopfarm.co.uk/events/easter-fun-at-the-farm
  • Dover Museum – 6th April – Free Open day with arts and crafts such as colouring, puzzles and bonnet making. http://www.dovermuseum.co.uk/Whats-On/Family-Days.aspx
  • Bewl Water – 10th – 17th April – This Easter, Bewl Water are stepping it up a notch and doing an Easter trail you can do either by walking or on your bike, a special Easter train and water taxi  and there will be a special Easter Menu in the restaurant. https://www.bewlwater.co.uk/whats-on/easter-eggsplorer/
  • Brogdale Collections –  10th April – Just for this day, you can meet some mega bugs and then do some bug-related arts and crafts to create your own bug to take home with you.  Over the Easter weekend, you can also meet lots of animals in the animal barn, have your face painted, go on the miniature railway and do an Easter egg trail. You can also win prizes if you dress up too. Also if you book now, you get 10% off the entry price. http://www.brogdalecollections.org/festivals-events/easter-at-brogdale/
  • Dover Castle Medieval weekend – 14th – 17th (Bank Holiday weekend only) – Dover Castle will have all their usual things to do for the kids during the Easter Holidays but over this weekend, they also have fire-breathing jesters, story telling and re-enactments of St George and the Dragon. No extra cost for members, but usual entry fees apply for everyone else.  http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/dover-easter-medieval-adventure/
  • Rare Breeds Centre – 14th – 17th (Bank Holiday weekend only) – The Rare Breeds are doing Red Riding Hood as their Easter Panto this year, and they also have all their usual fun such as the Easter egg hunt, Pig washing and racing, face painting, trailer rides and meet the animals – http://www.rarebreeds.org.uk/events/detail/easter-antics-on-the-farm
  • Wildwood Easter wonderland – 1st April – 17th April – As well as seeing all the usual animals, the Wonderland will be a place to meet all the new Easter related animals such as lambs, chicks and bunnies. They also have Medieval related activities and a rabbit easter trail. https://wildwoodtrust.org/things-do/easter
  • AMF Bowling are also doing 25% off if you book in advance and start bowling before 10am with the code EASTERHT1725 online. They also have their mascot Bumper hanging around before 10am and some Easter activities going on throughout the day too. From 4pm-6pm you can also bowl to win Easter eggs.
  • Cineworld will be doing their daily movies for juniors as they always do for school holidays. Also on the 8th of April, there is a film festival on where certain films are only £3 a ticket (adult films included)


  • Smyths Toy Superstore –  Easter Egg hunt around the shop on the 15th April. 9am – 2pm, one egg per child while stocks last.
  • Dinky Days Horse Riding, Shadoxhurst  Easter events – There are a few options for the Easter Holidays depending on how much money you want to spend and the dates you are free to attend, so I will start with the cheapest first.
    • Activies and Pony Games – You can have 2 hours of fun and games with the ponies for £20 a child. This is available on the 4th and 6th of April, and also the week after on the 12th.
    • Your child can spend a whole morning exploring the farm, looking for birds, bees and bugs; going trekking with the Dinky ponies and lots of fun and games, with drinks and snacks included. This is £35 a child and is available on the 7th and 11th of April from 9am – 1pm.
    • Own a Dinky Day – A whole day of pony fun featuring stable management, grooming, fun, games and a pony ride. Lunch and snacks are included. This is only available on the 5th of April from 10am – 4pm for £45 a child
    • They are doing an Easter egg hunt as well for £20 a child, but they haven’t actually released the specific dates for these days yet so I will let you know shortly.
  • The Reindeer centre, Capralama farm – 12th – 17th April – Over the Easter period, the Reindeer centre will be open from 10am – 4pm. For £5 a person, you can meet the reindeers, goats, pigs, lambs, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducklings, meerkats, owls and reptiles. There is also a pirate ship and sand play area, straw bale ball pit and a straw slide zone.
  • East Stour Primary School are holding an Easter Egg hunt and Family day on the 17th April (Bank Holiday Monday) from 10am – 2pm. The Easter Egg hunt itself is completely free to enter, but there is also a BBQ, Bouncy castle and arts and crafts for families to enjoy.

Feeding the troops:

  • Kids eat Free Breakfast every day when purchasing a full Adults breakfast.
  • Harvester are doing an Easter Feast over the Easter weekend, £15 for 3 courses. Also, on the 15th and 16th of April, Kids can do an Easter egg hunt activity sheet to win prizes for an additional £1 (only during breakfast time)


Kearsney Abbey/Temple Ewell

Kearsney Abbey is our favourite park, without a doubt. It’s easy to drive to, and also has a train station 5 minutes down the road at Kearsney if you wanted to make the trip too. There are three car parks but they are very limited and can be a massive pain to get in and out of so if you cant get parked, further down the road opposite the park is a housing estate where you can park at the side of the road and walk straight into the park. We’ve been to this park at least 100 times in the last 6 and a half years, so there must be something about it worth going back for! It is literally beautiful in all seasons and is a great place to get some lovely photos of the kids. In the Summer the kids can play in the streams with their fishing nets and catch little fish, have picnics and play in the play park and in the Autumn and Winter, it is a great place to kick leaves, find conkers and play in the snow if there is any. It’s the one place I think I’d happily just pick up and move closer to home if I had the chance to, exactly how it is now.
We even held my son’s 3rd birthday party in the park and invited all our friends and family for a picnic (August birthday so weather was perfect for it!), we all took our favourite outdoor games with us like football, swing ball, equipment to play rounders and cricket and we had the best time ever! It was probably one of our favourite days out as there were over 40 of us and it’s perfect for family time in the sun. There is so much space, and so many things for the kids to do, I highly recommend it for fun in the sun.
One side of the main road, is Kearsney Abbey itself where there is a play park, tea rooms (reasonably priced, amazing for fishing nets and ice creams/lollies) and plenty of places for kids to explore. On the other side of the road is Temple Ewell, the best place to go pond dipping with your nets, tennis courts, a massive lake to walk around and another play park.

National Trust at Easter

Before we get onto the ‘What’s on’ lark regarding the National Trust, I do just want to cover the boring membership stuff first just in case anyone thinks it might be for them. We currently pay £9.50 a month for our membership which covers 2 adults and up to 10 children or grandchildren and works out £114.60 a year. I’ll be honest, this is the one membership we have at the moment which we’re not overly sure on but we do think this might be because of the weather through the Winter so have decided to give it until the end of the Summer holidays to see if we can make the most of it. Membership cards don’t currently have a photo ID on them so in theory, you could lend them to friends but the National Trust are trying their best to look after their sites, so obviously they would appreciate the membership fees ;).
We have noticed since getting our National Trust guide that a lot of their sites do actually have free entry anyway, and the membership card would only really be worth the money if you were planning to go to any of these, where you would make the following savings:
  • Bateman’s – Rudyard Kipling’s house – £28.50
  • Bodiam Castle – £25.75
  • Chartwell – £37.50
  • Emmett’s garden – £22.50
  • Ightham Mote – £33.00
  • Knole – £8.00
  • Quebec House – £15.25
  • Scotney Castle – £35.80
  • Sissinghurst Castle – £34.35
  • South Foreland Lighthouse – £15.oo
Please bare in mind though, these are all the places in Kent, Surrey and Sussex so a few of them are a fair trek to get to, and the only ones we have been to are Bodiam Castle and Sissinghurst Castle because they don’t take too long compared to some of the others. So far, since August, we’ve been to Bodiam Castle 4 times though and Sissinghurst Castle twice so looking at it like that we have made our money up for the year already; I’m just not sure we would have been missing all that much if we hadn’t.

Bodiam Castle:

First things first, Bodiam Castle is a ruin so there are only one set of toilets right at the entrance of the site (this is to preserve the castle as it is for as long as possible apparently), but does also make for a bit of a walk if you find yourself desperate. The reason we have visited the castle more than once is because the kids love the fact it looks like the stereotypical castle you draw as a child and is stunning to look at. You can go up on the roof, and play amongst the ruins, but our main reason for going is for picnics in the nice weather and when they have school holiday events on.


This Easter (between the 1st – 17th April), Bodiam Castle are going all out for the kids and have a Cadbury’s Easter Egg trail with a special theme of Dragons where you have to find the Dragon eggs in order to get a chocolate prize. This is an additional £3 per hunter and runs from 11:00 – 16:00 on a daily basis. Pre-booking isn’t needed and they don’t usually have a problem with it being too busy. They also have some free craft events going on at the same time, with a design-a-dragon competition with the winner having their dragon printed for next year’s dragon hunt. Bodiam is also a great place for trying Archery out, with a £3.50 charge for 6 arrows, you can test your talent against your family and see how well you can get on right at the front of the Castle. There is also a bird of prey walk you can go on for £5 each but this isn’t something we have done just yet so I’m not sure how long this lasts. Every now and again, they will have market stalls outside the castle selling medieval jewellery but I’m not sure whether these will be there throughout the Easter Holidays.
One of the kids’ favourite things to do while having a picnic at the castle, is to feed the ducks…because there are LOADS. So if this is something you think your kids will enjoy, there aren’t many shops nearby so take some food with you to feed them or some change for duck feed. There is a café, but you will need to check their opening times as last time we were there, they closed quite early and we ended up in the pub across the road (which is really nice, just slightly pricey). I do find that all National Trust cafes and souvenir shops are all very similar, and once you’ve been to one, you’ve been to them all.


Sissinghurst Castle:

Sissinghurst is also running an Easter Egg hunt for £2.50 each so slightly cheaper, and their one is based on ‘nature’ but unlike Bodiam, it is only on for the Easter weekend (14th – 17th). Other than this, there aren’t many other seasonal things going on but it is a lovely place to have a wander, a picnic and go up on the roof.

Easter at the Rare Breeds Centre

The Rare Breeds Centre in Woodchurch is also one of our regular places to go with the kids as there is loads to do and it is reasonably priced compared to some of the other animal-related settings in Kent. Although, you’ll probably prefer the Rare Breeds Centre on a nice, sunny day; we have been at various times throughout the year and as long as you’re wrapped up well, you can still have a great time throughout the winter too, in fact one of our favourite times to go is Christmas!
The new information for Easter 2017 has just been released on The Rare Breeds Centre website and it is all looking very similar to the events of last year, so I thought I’d review last year’s in case it helps anyone’s decision on whether to make a day of it this year or not.
This year, Easter events are running from Good Friday to Easter Monday (the 14th – 17th of April); with Easter activities on from 10am – 4pm across the 4 days. Prices remain the same as usual entry prices, although these have not yet been updated on the website and will be during the new seasonal pricing bracket starting on the 31st March. However, the Rare Breeds Centre is always cheaper than places such as Wingham Wildlife Park and the Aspinall Foundation settings; and now they have started annual passes as well, it is usually extremely purse friendly.
Food: There is a café on the left, just before the walk-in entrance to the farm which sells a variety of food and hosts birthday parties. Prices are pretty average for a café anywhere else these days but if you’re just looking for a drink and a sweet treat rather than a full meal, you can also buy these in the shop or in the ice cream hut by the first play area. Should you want to take your own food, there are plenty of picnic areas throughout the farm and loads of grassland to sit on and this tends to be really popular for most people who go there during the nice weather. There is also a small paddling pool out the back of the café during hot Summer months but it is quite hidden away, so make sure you look out for it.
Wheelchair and Pushchair access: We’ve always taken a pushchair and they can go pretty much anywhere apart from inside the creepy crawly room.
Indoor play area: There is an indoor soft play area at no extra cost next to the creepy crawly room. It isn’t very big, has limited seating and gets busy during the colder days, but it’s perfect on a rainy day and is another place to go if you have an annual pass in all weathers.


Easter Activites:

The Easter Egg hunt – The East Egg hunt is of no extra charge, and you are given a paper slip and pencil as you walk through the door with numbers on. Dotted around the farm, there are matching numbered boards with names of chickens on that you have to write down and once you have found them all, you can hand them into the Easter bunny in exchange for a chocolate egg. To be honest, there were quite a few to find and the novelty wore off for our kids after a while but we did still write them down as and when we saw them; rather than looking for them intentionally. The hunt is suitable for kids of all ages with the help of their parents and is a lovely way to look around the farm in a slightly different way to what you usually would. To us adults, the Easter Bunny was ever so slightly creepy looking but the kids seemed to like having their photos taken in front of the Easter bunny house regardless.


 Meet the Animals: There is a petting barn just inside the entrance where you can stroke horses, rabbits, goats, chickens and play with the piglets. There is a warning for pregnant people, but this usually just says they are able to go in the barn and not touch the animals. Everyone else should be fine. There are also hand washing stations in the farm to help keep the kids as clean as possible!
The Easter Panto – Red Riding Hood: Every Easter and Christmas, there is a short pantomime held in the hall behind the soft play area; and they are always really quite funny and stereotypically cheesy but enjoyable for both the adults and kids and very well organised. There are only two a day, at 12pm and 2pm and can get busy quite quickly (usually depending on the weather) so if it is something you want to do, I’d recommend getting there slightly early to get a seat on one of the benches but it doesn’t matter too much if you don’t as the shows aren’t overly long. It isn’t a ticket event and you just show up at the door when it’s time to go in. There are toilets right outside the hall should anyone need to go just before the show starts too.
Face Painting – There is face painting on the farm especially for Easter, but this is at an additional cost so it might be worth taking some cash with you if this is something you are interested in.
The Falconry display – The Falconry display is really interesting and held on the field next to the pig racing at 2.15pm each day. It is a common display throughout the summer and at special events throughout the year and the kids always really enjoy it. The lovely man that does it, also pulls people up from the audience to take part and it is a perfect time to rest your legs from all the walking about too.


Trailer Rides – The Trailer rides go from just outside the butterfly tunnel (which doesn’t open until May), all the way past the 2 play parks and up the hill to the top of the farm. There is also a small assault course on the way to the top which is a favourite with our kids but quite hidden. Should we get a random heat wave like last year, it is also an amazing place for getting some shade.
Baby Animals – This time of year is absolutely perfect where the animals are concerned as all the baby chicks and lambs are being born and you are able to see all this first hand, we have literally seen lambs in the past, minutes after they have been born, and it has been the best lambing weekend we have been to and go back every year.



Countdown to the Easter holidays.. Brockhill Country Park


How is it only 3 weeks until the Easter holidays already?! I feel as though the kids have only just gone back to school, and already we are wracking our brains over how to keep them occupied for a whole 16 days in the run up to Easter. Over the next three weeks, I will try to review lots of different places which we think are perfect for Easter holiday fun so that by the time they roll round, you’ll be struggling to fit everything in ;). Today I have gone for one place we have been to quite a few times over the last 6 and a half years and things we have learnt from our most recent trips. Dogs are allowed in the park as long as they are kept on a lead by the livestock and the play park itself is off limits, opening times are 9am – 9pm (or dusk, whichever one happens first).
The park isn’t very far to drive as it is right by the junction for the service station. You can also get there by train from Ashford Station to Sandling station, and then it is a 15 minute walk from the station. It takes an hour on the bus, but again…it is doable if you’d prefer to go by bus.

First things first…park the car…carefully.

Parking at Brockhill is extremely straight forward if the park isn’t busy. There is a relatively decent sized car park for quiet periods but as soon as the weekends and school holiday strike, or the sun decides to show its unpredictable face…parking is a nightmare. Most of the time, the car park over flows onto the grass verges either side of the entrance driveway, and on the grass under the trees just before you reach the car park. Last year, I went with our friends and we took three cars between us and because I was parked slightly on the grass, I got a parking ticket and the other two (parked right next to me), didn’t! I had even spent £2.50 on a parking ticket and everything but nope, that clearly wasn’t enough for the greedy people working in the car park and they tried to con me out of £70. However, I quickly learnt that because it was a privately owned car park, I didn’t have to pay the fine and although it reached over £200 eventually, they soon gave up trying to scare me into paying it and the case was dropped. Providing you park in the right place, parking will only cost you £1.50 on weekdays and £2.50 on weekends and bank holidays, and they use a registration plate camera so they are aware as to when you enter and exit the park so make sure you get the ticket as soon as you get there otherwise they charge you for that too. DSCN1948
There are toilets and baby change right next to the car park and the little café, but these are the only toilets in the park so it might be worth getting everyone to squeeze out a tinkle before you walk further into the park to save any runs back up the hill to the toilets (quite steep and way too much hassle)…or embarrassing squatting in bushes (which we’ve had to just get over and let our kids do many a time, but when a kid needs to go…they need to go!).

The play park

What I like about Brockill, is the fact the play park is right by the car park so you really don’t have to walk very far if that is the only bit you want to go to. There are also some picnic benches just outside the park and a large grass area if you did want to take a quick picnic so you don’t have to go on a massive ramble if you are only popping by for an hour or so.
The park isn’t the largest we’ve ever been to but there is a big slide which the kids seem to go nutty for; and a horribly dark, crawl through tunnel which goes underneath it should you want to check whether or not you are claustrophobic (I did…and I am!) . There are also a couple of sets of swings, a roundabout, a toddler area and a small climbing frame so definitely enough to burn off some energy at least.


Going past the park…

If you want to carry on along the path deeper into the park, you can take pushchairs quite easily, but you just have to carry them down the steps when you get to them. We managed perfectly fine with a pushchair when my son was a few months old, but it might be slightly harder with wheelchairs.
The park itself is beautiful, there are a lot of bridges to play pooh sticks, trees to climb on and lakes to look at. It is a natural park though, and the lakes and rivers don’t have any safety measures around them so again, might be worth making sure the kids don’t run too far ahead. With adequate supervision though, there is a lot to see around the lake and we have often seen kids with fishing nets in the streams catching little fish in their ice cream tubs. The lake itself, the last time we went, is pure green and stinky but it does mean you get to see a lot of insects, frogs and dragonflies at least.


If you continue down the paths and steps to the very bottom of the park, you’ll find the fields where there are sheep and cows, which you are able to walk through and the animals are really friendly but obviously the further into the park you walk, the further you have to walk back. We got lost the first time we ever went, and ended up in the Brockhill school field, it is easily done! We’ve been to the park in all weathers, but prefer it when it’s dry. Take some food and drink with you (the café is quite expensive) and you can quite easily spend a whole morning or afternoon at the park.

Drusillas Park, Sussex

Bing and Flop and Hello Kitty…the pure reasons we ended up going to Drusillas and we are SO glad that we did! We went in February so the weather was quite cold but the kids had thick coats on and the day we went turned out to be dry and sunny, so we were extremely lucky. We paid £64 for 4 of us (2 adults and 2 children, with Perrie going free) by booking online in advance (otherwise would have been £72) and going during the off peak time which doesn’t hit peak prices until the Easter holidays and even then they only increase by £4 for a family ticket. Kids under the age of 2 go free, but understandably as soon as they hit their second birthday, they do count as a paying person as there is so much for them to do. Annual memberships are available for £68 a person with a 20% discount for any renewals at the end of the year. Check out the website for more of their deals regarding discounted animal adoptions and keeper days for annual members.


Driving to Drusillas is always a nightmare of mine as there isn’t a direct motorway route from Ashford and you kind of feel like it’s taking longer than it actually is. It took us just over an hour and a half with traffic, but felt more like 2 hours with the winding roads and driving through town after town. However, a few games for the kids in the car and a good play list to howl and dance to and we were soon there…the journey back however was completely silent as all the kids were completely sparko from the minute we left the car park so every cloud!

Farm fun:

Things to make sure you don’t miss in the Farm:
  • Attempt to milk a “cow”, which isn’t real of course but it gives the kids a giggle and they can see how milk is made and transported.
  • Interactive information boards about all the animals with flaps to lift, puzzles to do and light up questions and answers with buzzer buttons although there are so many, you would probably be there all day.
  • You are able to stroke most of the animals, and there are hand sterilizing stations as you walk through the farm so there’s no need to worry about the kids catching anything. I strongly recommend you regularly use these or take baby wipes as Logan once caught E-coli poisoning from a different zoo and was extremely ill  with it for a good ten days or so afterwards! I am now one of those completely over the top parents now while visiting anywhere like this, guilty as charged! There are plenty of signs reminding kids to wash their hands though and being able to get up close to the animals just adds to the great experience so it is definitely worth it.


Zoo Antics:

We spent so long looking around the zoo that we didn’t have much time to spend doing the rides and adventure playground; in hindsight we probably would have walked through the zoo a bit quicker as we now know how amazing the other side of the park is. There are so many animals to see in the zoo  but apart from a couple of walks you can go on through animal enclosures and the camels; you can see a lot of the same animals in zoos and wildlife parks closer to home. For that reason, next time we go, we will definitely make the most of the rest of the park first by going to the far end and then make our way back through the zoo and farmyard animals so the kids can prioritise their best bits better. Our kids loved the meerkat tunnel, monkey walk through and feeding the birds the best.
When we last went, they did have Thomas land which was brilliant but randomly placed in the middle of the zoo and we didn’t really understand the way the park was laid out. This has since been taken away, which is sad for Thomas fans but it does mean the park layout is clearer and it also means there is room for their new, funky looking safari express.

Character loving!

Throughout the year, Drusillas have special dates to meet characters (usually in the school holidays), this year they have Hello Kitty, Bing and Flop, Chase and Marshall from paw patrol, Peppa pig and George, Danger mouse, TMNT, the Gruffalo, Spiderman, Scooby Doo and a special creepy Crawlies weekend in the Summer. Please note though, dates are allocated to a certain Character so you will have to choose your favourite and go for that day rather than see them all at once. Dates can be found on the website and characters are only out for meet and greets at certain times of the day so you will have to plan your trip out to be in the right place at the right time.

Go Wild!

Our biggest regret from the day was not spending enough time at the adventure play area as it is really good and unlike any we’ve been to nearer home. You can easily spend an hour or so just in the play area (which is separated according to age group) and is also right by the café so it is a perfect place for adults to rest their legs while the kids play. As the play area is so big however, it is hard to keep track of your children (especially during busy periods) so you might want to bare this in mind when you’re dressing your kids in the morning and maybe make them wear something super bright! Even myself and Mike managed to lose each other for about ten minutes! This year, they also have the Get Wet water park open from the Easter Holidays until September so make sure you take your swimming stuff, as although we haven’t been to that part yet; the website makes it look amazing! I imagine it to be a lot like the water area of Legoland and we loved that!


 Hello Kitty’s secret garden

Our daughter’s favourite part of the day was going on all of the Hello Kitty rides (lovingly accompanied by her older brothers who loved them just as much). There aren’t very many, but there is more than enough to keep any Hello Kitty fan happy, and you can also take pictures in a Hello Kitty filled bedroom too.