Old footage sought to mark Drusillas Park’s 90th year


This year, Drusillas Park celebrates its 90 year anniversary and to mark this auspicious occasion the zoo is appealing to visitors for archive footage taken throughout its history.

“We hope to use the collection of films to create a short celebratory video, played out during the birthday festivities later this year.

A great deal is planned for the occasion including a 90- year-olds’ tea party in May, plus prizes and giveaways.

We have a very small amount of footage that we have gathered but we would love to see more, particularly if somebody has access to any old cine films.”

Ninety years ago Drusillas Park was established as a tea rooms and small zoo with the underlying principle of providing a fun day out for all the family.

Times have changed but with our heritage very much in mind, we continue to move forwards to provide each new generation with the best day out, constantly evolving and improving.

We have a lot to celebrate and would like to share it with all the generations who have grown up with us.

Drusillas Park was founded in 1925, when the late Captain Ann bought a derelict farm and 20 acres of land and opened the cottage to sell teas to passing motorists.

He named the tea rooms after his first wife Drusilla, adding attractions and animals to help boost trade.

Drusillas remained in the Ann family until 1997 when it was acquired by us, the current owners Laurence and Christine Smith, after selling a nationwide recruitment business, and joined today by daughters Cassandra and Caroline.

If you can help with any historical footage or photographs of Drusillas Park, please telephone 874100 or email info@drusillas.co.uk.”

Laurence and Christine Smith, Drusillas, Alfriston