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Drusillas Nominated for Award

Drusillas Park Nominated in Muddy Stilettos’ Awards

Drusillas Park has been nominated in the Sussex Muddy Stilettos’ Awards for the second year running! Last year Drusillas won the award for ‘Best Family Attraction’ and this year they have been nominated again in the same category.

Running against five other local attractions, the competition for the top space is hot. Drusillas has now reached the finals and needs everyone’s help in jumping the last hurdle to claim the top spot for the second year running. There are only 5 days in which to vote, and the lines are now open.

If you would like to support Drusillas in the awards you can vote for them by going to: and clicking into ‘Best Family Attraction’.

Muddy Stilettos, ‘The Urban Guide to the Countryside’, is a series of lifestyle blogazines written by journalists across 18 counties in the UK. Last year saw over 250,000 people voting in the awards. At one point, the Muddy Stilettos website crashed after a staggering 400 people attempted to vote every 2 seconds.

Director and Head of Marketing, Cassie Poland, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been nominated again in these awards and to have reached the finals. Drusillas Park is constantly evolving and improving; we introduce new animals and attractions every year and are constantly adding value. This year we have launched some amazing new Close Encounter experiences, including our very popular sloth encounter. We have also hosted some exciting events and have been visited by television characters such as PAW Patrol, the PJ Masks, Peppa Pig and more.”

“The winners are voted for entirely by the public, so it is a real honour to have been nominated again as Best Family Attraction by our own visitors. We are just thrilled to have been nominated again and feel that this award is a true testament to the hard work and dedication all our staff put in to providing an exceptional visitor attraction.”

Drusillas Park is a family run business founded in 1925, when the late Captain Ann bought a derelict farm, 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 current owners Laurence and Christine Smith, after selling a nationwide recruitment business. Joined today by daughters Cassie and Caroline, the Smiths have invested heavily in the Park over the past few years and today the Park is home to over one hundred different animal species.

Director, Cassie Poland, commented: “Drusillas would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for us last year; we couldn’t have done it without their help. We would just love to win again this year, and hope that our supporters will help us to reach our goal. It takes less than a minute to vote, and we will really appreciate it!”

“I would also like to take a minute to thank all of our exceptionally hard working staff, all of whom help to keep Drusillas performing at such a high standard, and have ultimately led us to our nomination again this year.” 

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