East Sussex with Kids: Knockhatch Adventure Park Review, Hailsham

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Updated February 2023

July 2022

We had a fun day at Knockhatch Adventure Park back in the summer – combining it with a Meerkat Experience that we booked through Buyagift.  Here’s what we thought… (And keep reading for some money saving tips – you could visit for free!)

What’s there for the kids to do?

Knockhatch Adventure Park has lots on offer to keep the kids busy all day – Finn and Lola enjoyed themselves, with the slides being their favourite as usual! I would say that Knockhatch is best suited to children age 12 and under. Here were some of our favourite attractions…

Dragon Castle

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Rowing Boat Lake

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Wave Runner Water Slide

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Lost World Play Barn

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The Meerkat Experience

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There are also other attractions such as bouncy pillows, crazy golf, soft play and paddling pool areas. Unfortunately, the dino safari simulator ride was closed when we visited, so I can’t comment on that one!

There are animal areas to explore with a children’s farm, meerkats, owls, wallabies and lots more. However, it isn’t on the same level as a zoo – the animals are more of an added extra to compliment what the rest of the site has to offer.

 

What facilities are there?

There are restaurants and food huts around the site, as well as toilets and a gift shop. There are also soft play areas, and an indoor slide / adventure area, so if you need to huddle in the warm in bad weather you can still keep the kids busy until it clears.

There’s tons of parking, which is free. There’s no rainy day refund at Knockhatch, so make sure you check the forecast before you visit and have raincoats etc to make the most of it.

There are indoor and outdoor picnic areas, so you’ll have somewhere to eat whatever the weather. We brought our own food with us, so I can’t comment on the cost or quality of what else was on offer – but the kids did enjoy an ice-cream whilst we were there.

 

Is it good value for money? (And some money saving tips!)

For us, this was a really cheap day out. At the time of booking, through Buyagift, a Meerkat Experience at Knockhatch Adventure Park for two children was £49 – this also included entry to the park for the children participating and accompanying adults. I had a £15 off discount code for Buyagift, so we actually only spent £34; which worked out £8.50pp for a day at the adventure park and the Meerkat Experience for the kids.

Knockhatch has different prices for different days; £18.99pp for peak times, and £11.99pp off peak. (Prices accurate February 2023) However, some attractions are closed on the off peak (green ticket) days so we waited to book on an orange ticket (peak) day to make sure everything would be open.

Booking through the Meerkat Experience saved us around £40 on our entry tickets, with the extra benefit of the kids also meeting the meerkats and having a private talk with the keeper whilst watching feeding time up close.

Through Knockhatch’s own website, booking the Meerkat Experience is £60pp and spectators are charged standard entry price on top! Whilst it was a really enjoyable experience for the kids (and great value for what we paid) I don’t think it’s worth anywhere near what they charge, and in that case it wouldn’t be worth the money.

However, you can still purchase a Meerkat Experience for 2 for £49 through Buyagift (rather than £120 through their own website!) so that’s an enormous saving, and much better value for money – especially as Buyagift always have discount codes too! The voucher also gives the two participants free entry to the adventure park for the day. However, they now also say spectators must pay park entry costs, so you’ll need to factor that in.

You can also get entry tickets to Knockhatch with Tesco Clubcard vouchers – so saving your points could mean you could have a freebie day out! There’s a fair bit to do there so, if you brought a picnic, you could have a whole day of fun without spending a penny.

 

Useful information for your visit…

Website: https://knockhatch.com/

Pets:  No dogs

Parking:  Yes, free

Facilities:  Restaurants, food huts, parking, toilets, picnic areas

Address:  The postcode for SAT NAV is BN27 3GD

For up-to-date opening times and prices, please check their website.

 

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