Friday, 23 May 2014

Hello Kitty Secret Garden Opens at Drusillas Park

Jayne Torvill OBE Opens Hello Kitty Secret Garden at Drusillas Park

Skating legend and Olympic Ice Dance Champion Jayne Torvill OBE officially opened the first permanent Hello Kitty attraction in Europe at Drusillas Park today (17 May).

The popular Dancing on Ice star skated to fame over 30 years ago, alongside professional partner Christopher Dean. The former British, European and World Champions were awarded the gold medal in the 1984 Winter Olympics after becoming the highest scoring figure skaters of all time. Jayne remains one of the most well-loved and recognisable sports personalities of our time and was appointed an OBE in the 2000 New Year Honours list.

To launch Hello Kitty Secret Garden at Drusillas Park, an opening ceremony took place at 11.30am.  Drusillas’ Managing Director, Laurence Smith said a few words to mark the occasion followed by Salvatore Zingrillo, representing Hello Kitty owners Sanrio. Jayne then declared the new attraction officially open by the cutting of a ribbon alongside Hello Kitty herself.

Drusillas’ Managing Director, Christine Smith commented: “We are absolutely delighted that Jayne Torvill agreed to attend our event and perform the official opening of Hello Kitty Secret Garden. It was a real honour to meet her and I know our visitors were as thrilled as we were to have such a popular personality at the Park.”

Hello Kitty Secret Garden is Drusillas Park’s biggest investment to date, expected to top £1million. Set in an English country garden, the new attraction includes three specially designed children’s rides; a Hello Kitty car ride, reach for the sky hopper ride and a tea cup ride. There’s also a Hello Kitty House and Parlour – where face painting and other activities take place – as well as regular meet and greet opportunities with the star herself during key holiday times.
Located just off the A27 in Alfriston, Drusillas Park is open daily from 10am. For more information, please telephone 01323 874100 or visit

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Cowboys and Indians at Groombridge Place May Half term

Visit Groombridge Place over May half term (Saturday 24 May to Sunday 1 June) and enjoy all the fun of the Cowboys and Indians experience.  Join the Indians for activities in the forest Tee Pees including all day arts and crafts, Indian face painting and drumming workshops.

Children can make sheriff badges, Indian head dresses and much more in our indoor wild-west workshop. The whole family can join the cowboys in the Nerf gun shooting gallery plus try your luck on the inflatable cactus ring.  There will be prizes for the winners throughout the day. Under 5’s can enjoy the wild-west bouncy castle and older children can battle against the bungee on the inflatable bungee run. Children can of course come dressed as cowboys and Indians and the most impressive outfit will win a prize!

All activities are free with admission.

There will also be plenty of fun for families in the forest with the giant tree swings, zip wire and board walk.  Children can discover Crusoe’s World with its authentic large wooden ship complete with rope bridges. Watch the majestic Peacocks from the Peacock Bistro and stroll round the lovely gardens which overlook the attractive moated 17th century manor house.   Children will love the giant chess set and the secret garden with streams which feed the moat. Don’t miss a trip on the canal boat to the forest.

The popular Bird of Prey Centre is also based at Groombridge Place and this is a chance to see some magnificent birds up close including Helga the Bald Eagle. The birds thrill visitors twice a day with their daring flying displays while their handler captivates audiences with his commentary about the birds while they fly.

The ‘Peacock Bistro’ serves hot and cold drinks, as well as delicious lunches and cream teas.
See website for further information about Groombridge Place
Groombridge Place is open daily between 9.30am and 5.30pm (last admission 4pm).
The attraction is less than 4 miles from Tunbridge Wells and accessible by road or via the Spa Valley Railway (check their timetable before travelling).
Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG.  The estate is open 7 days a week from 9.30am - 5.30pm, last entry 4pm. Car Parking Free.

For more information check out or follow us on Twitter @EnchantedForest, email or call 01892 861444.
Peak: Adults £9.95, Senior Citizens £8.45, Children (3-12 years) £8.45, Family Tickets (2 Adults + 2 Children) £33.95  (peak prices apply in school holidays and on special event days)

Directions to Groombridge Place:
Groombridge Place is located in the village of Groombridge, 4 miles south west of Tunbridge Wells on the B2110, which is just off the A264 Tunbridge Wells/ East Grinstead road - on the Kent and East Sussex county border.

By Road: From the M25: Exit at Junction 5 and head south on the A21. After 10 miles, exit at A26 signed Tunbridge Wells: then take A264 to East Grinstead and follow the signs to Groombridge village and Groombridge Place.

By Rail: London Charing Cross to Tunbridge Wells, then bus or taxi to Groombridge. Or take the Spa Valley Railway steam train from Tunbridge Wells West Station with a 10-minute walk the other end. Call 01892 537715 for timetables, detailed information and great value combined tickets. Please Note: The Spa Valley Railway does not run every day.

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Monday, 12 May 2014

The Kent & East Sussex Railway 50% off Tickets

The Kent & East Sussex Railway
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A Great Family Day Out!

The Kent & East Sussex Railway is the country's finest example of a rural light railway. Enjoy a wonderful day out in historic 1066 country.The Kent & East Sussex Railway gently wends its way from glorious Tenterden (with its broad and leafy High Street charmingly lined with Tudor, Regency and Victorian buildings) - ' The Jewel of The Weald'; through ten and a half miles of unspoilt countryside of the Rother Valley, terminating in the shadow of the magnificent National Trust castle at Bodiam.Whether you are interested in heritage, shopping, nature, food and drink or recreation, there is always something to enjoy along the Kent & East Sussex Railway.

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50% off Child return tickets for the Kent & East Sussex Railway, £5.50 (usual price £11).
50% off Adult return tickets for the Kent & East Sussex Railway, £8 (usual price £16).
Valid for travel on Sat 7th and Sun 8th June and Sat 21st and Sun 22nd June 2014.
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Glorious day out for all the family!
• Hop-on, hop-off! Enjoy unlimited travel along the full 10 ½ miles (16.8 km) of railway.
• Delight in the beautifully unspoilt Kent and East Sussex countryside.
• Explore the heritage stations.
• Visit stunning Bodiam Castle or look over the loco yard at Rolvenden.
• Receive up to an extra 20% off (includes gift aid donation) your entrance to the stunning Bodiam Castle if you show your voucher / train ticket.
• A must for Steam Railway enthusiasts!
• Be intrigued by the award-winning Colonel Stephens Railway Museum at Tenterden.
• Enjoy lunch, tea and snacks at the quaint Station Restaurant at Tenterden, picnic and dine al fresco in the dappled shade beneath surrounding trees.
• Amuse the kids with carefree play in the children's play area, adjacent to the Restaurant.

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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Hello Kitty Secret Garden Opens 18th May at Drusillas Park

Drusillas Rides into a New Era with First Hello Kitty Attraction in Europe!

 After a year of preparation, Drusillas Park in East Sussex will open the first Hello Kitty attraction in Europe on 18th May, set to be one of the most hotly anticipated launches of 2014.

Drusillas Park is widely regarded as the best small zoo in the UK and was named ‘Visitor Attraction of the Year’ in 2010/11. The family business was acquired by Laurence and Christine Smith in 1997 and since then, the husband and wife team have invested heavily in the Park and seen visitor numbers increase.

Laurence and Christine Smith with Hello Kitty

The introduction of Hello Kitty follows a recent trend within several prominent UK visitor attractions to open areas dedicated to the most celebrated children’s characters and there really is no question regarding Hello Kitty’s popularity.

Since her creation in Japan in 1974 Hello Kitty has become a global phenomenon and is now the UK’s biggest girls’ brand. Add to this the fact that, according to the storyline Hello Kitty herself was born in London, it stands to reason there should be a Hello Kitty attraction within the UK.

Director Christine Smith explains the background to the deal: “We noticed the Hello Kitty brand about three years ago when we spotted lots of children coming to the Park wearing Hello Kitty tee shirts and hats. After investigating the brand, we decided to approach owners Sanrio directly to suggest a venture to bring Hello Kitty to Drusillas. We completed the deal in July 2013.”

Set within an English country garden, the new attraction is billed to include three specially designed Hello Kitty children’s rides; a tea cup ride, a ‘reach for the sky’ hopper ride and a car ride.  There is also a Hello Kitty House and Parlour, as well as regular meet and greet opportunities with Hello Kitty herself.

Hello Kitty Secret Garden is Drusillas Park’s biggest investment to date and is expected to top £1million.
Visit Drusillas website for opening times and prices.
Address: Drusillas Park & Zoo, Alfriston Road, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS
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Monday, 5 May 2014

Discounted Tickets for Moscow State Circus in Brighton 8th-18th May


Moscow State Circus Grandstand Ticket for £11 at Preston Park (53% Off)
8th May - 18th May

• Touring Russian circus fusing classic and contemporary styles
• Comedy, trapeze acts, juggling, acrobats and clowns
• Variety show set in Moscow's famous Gorky Park
• Weekday, evening and weekend matinee performances
• Takes place at Preston Park, Brighton, 8 to 18 May Book Now

Juggling a show full of aerial acrobatics and daring feats, Park Gorkogo sees the world-famous Moscow State Circus head to Brighton as part of May's Fringe Festival. Jovial duo Klava and Splendid Pavlik lead a talented troupe of trapeze artists, whip crackers, pole jugglers and roller skaters through romanticised trips across Moscow and its celebrated park. Audiences can see a varied performance featuring artistry, humour and surprises aplenty. Audiences are asked to arrive 30 minutes ahead of showtime so seats can be allocated, with food, drinks and programmes available to buy at the site. Book Now to get 53% off tickets.

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Saturday, 3 May 2014

40% DISCOUNT OFF Entry to Brighton Sea Life

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kidstodo are pleased to announce that our Discount Voucher is now 40% off entry into Brighton Sea Life Centre.

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Brighton Sea Life Centre -  Let us take you on a fascinating journey through the original Victorian architecture of the oldest operating aquarium in the world from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures. Every step will reveal something new, from a face to face encounter with sharks to a hands-on rockpool experience.
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As well as being able to ride the UK’s first Glass Bottom Boat, have a fascinating Behind the Scenes Tour and join in with our free interactive rockpool experience where you can touch crabs and starfish, there is another new feature for 2014 – Rainforest Adventure! Underneath the rainforest canopy, discover something amazing as you come face to face with one of the world’s largest species of snake. Climb through mangrove roots to join more inhabitants of the rainforest such as deadly piranhas and poisonous dart frogs.

Free talks and feeds are available throughout the day to learn about the creatures and how you can help Sea Life with their conservation efforts.

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