Knockhatch Adventure Park: The Ultimate Day Out For Families in East Sussex

December 4, 2019

What?

Knockhatch Adventure Park is a fun filled, one stop, action packed family attraction. Activities include a petting zoo, giant soft play, castle themed adventure playground, boating lake, high ropes course, birds of prey, jumping pillows, go karts, quad ride, virtual mine ride, crazy golf….the list goes on!

Where?

Knockhatch is located just north of Eastbourne – nears Hailsham in East Sussex.

How much?

Knockhatch runs a system of peak and off-peak priced days. Peak days (orange days) are charged at £12.99 for anyone aged over 2 years. Off peak days (green days) are priced at £8.99.

Senior citizens, those with disabilities and carers are all priced at £8.99 on peak days and £5.99 for off peak.

Deals

There are several ways to save money on your ticket price.

Book online – Book online by midnight the night before and receive a 20% discount on gate prices.

Arrive late – Ticket prices are reduced by 50% for arrivals after 3.30pm.

Tesco Clubcard – You need to plan this one in advance but if you exchange your Clubcard vouchers for a ‘days out’ voucher you can use these at the gate for money off your full entry price. Please note you won’t receive change if your vouchers go over the entry value.

1066 Town City Cards – Anyone who holds a 1066 Town City Card is able to claim 25% off standard entry price.

Armed forces, emergency services & NHS workers – Please show ID cards to claim 25% off entry for parties of up to 6 people.

Highlights

The Lost World Playbarn – enter a Jurassic Park world filled with dinosaurs, climbing ropes and giant drop slides. Something for all ages here.

The Dragon Castle – New for 2019 not only does this castle look incredible but it also features all sorts of tunnels, slides, bridges and ropes to keep little adventurers happy. Watch out for the ‘terrifying’ dragon at the heart of the castle!

High Ropes – New for 2019 the high ropes course is a welcome addition for children aged 7 and over looking for a real challenge. Please note the ropes course is an additional charge of £4.95.

Pirates Paddling Pool – Great fun in the Summer. Bring your bathing suit and a towel and splash, slide and wallow in the pool to cool off.

The Walk Through Wallaby Experience – These friendly chaps will happily hop right up to you and eat from your hand. A really special ‘close encounter’ animal experience.

Chestnut Wood Adventure Play – Ideal for little ones looking to climb and explore. There’s also a giant sandpit filled with diggers and buckets…plus shaded seating for grown ups to take time out.

Events

Knockhatch regularly holds special events over school holidays. In the past there’s been a big top tent with the wonderful Acting Moon Events performing Alice in Wonderland, Wild Adventures and Pirates Lost Treasure. They are currently getting ready to host ‘Elf of the Shelf’ over the festive season and you can read our review of their Halloween performance below..

Juggling on Rollerskates Writer ReviewBy Bridget Williams

This was my first visit to Knockhatch and I was very impressed with the variety of experiences on offer for children. The Dragon’s Castle climbing area was probably the best I’ve seen.

I went with my partner and my 8-year-old daughter on a cloudy and quite chilly October day. We spent quite a lot of time in the animal part of the park and saw the usual farm animals along with some from different places like parakeets, meerkats etc. I was pleased to see how well cared for all the animals seemed and we had a great time feeding them with the food available. Emily was especially happy to be able to walk around with the wallabies and feed and stroke them. They were in an enclosure which gave them plenty of space to get away from people, but they were obviously happy to come and see us.

The special event for Halloween was a theatre production in the big top tent called Dracula and the Seven Deadly Teeth. This was a show with 3 actors who took on a variety of roles. The story revolved around a vampire who broke a tooth biting someone’s neck which was done in a way not to scare the little ones. There was a good mix of silly and slightly slapstick moments which had the children laughing along with a rendition of ‘I’ll be a dentist’ from the musical Little Shop of Horrors which I was happy to see. Overall, the show was what you’d expect for this type of event and everyone looked like they were enjoying themselves.

Our only ‘criticism’ would be that the park had only opened the café in the soft play area so there was quite a queue in a very noisy please before we could get our lunch. I was impressed with the choice of food available though.

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