IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The festive season is rapidly approaching, and the time to find that perfect present is running out. But take a breath before you go completely crackers, because Drusillas Park in East Sussex has the solution to all of your shopping woes!

Drusillas new Farmyard Close Encounter is the perfect gift for a little one this Christmas. This unique experience is available for children aged 4 years and above and offers the chance to groom, feed and meet a variety of loveable farm animals.

Drusillas’ Zoo Animal Manager, Mark Kenward, said: “Our Farmyard Encounter is a really magical experience for children. Our animals are so loving and gentle, and they adore meeting children. Everyone who has taken part in the encounter so far has come away with the biggest smile on their face and we’ve had nothing but positive feedback.”

“The encounter includes an amazing array of activities! From donkey grooming, to feeding the chickens and looking for eggs, to feeding the goats and meeting the mice. It really is a very special and unforgettable experience.”

Drusillas popular experience makes a wonderful stocking filler! The encounter can either be booked directly or a gift voucher can be purchased and redeemed at a later date. For full details about the day and how to book please visit:

As well as their farm encounter Drusillas has lots of other experiences that make a great gift for any animal lover!

Drusillas Deputy Managing Director, Cassie Poland, said: “This year has been a very different and strange year! We are spending a lot of time in our houses and for many of us space is an issue! We are encouraging people to collect memories instead of clutter this year and to invest in experiences and moments that can be treasured forever, rather than buying just loads of stuff! We offer lots of exciting and unique experiences, that will create special memories you will never forget!”

“You can get nose to nose with amazing animals like sloths, meerkats, penguins and red pandas with a Close Encounter Animal Experience, learn how to master wildlife photography with our Zoo Photography Days, spend a day meeting and caring for our lovely animals with a Zoo Keeper for the Day experience and so much more.”

“The best thing is there’s no upper age limit! You don’t have to be a child to take part in these incredible experiences, the majority of our close encounter participants are adults and they absolutely love every second of it! So these experiences are an amazing gift for adults too!”

Still not sure what to get? For all year around enjoyment, Drusillas Annual Membership may be just the ticket. This offers access to the entire zoo, the large adventure play areas and amazing rides for 362 days of the year.

Gift Vouchers can also be purchased and redeemed against any one of the Drusillas Park experiences: