Saturday 31 August 2013

Tilgate Park, Crawley

We seem to have been very busy lately, out and about all sorts of places. On Bank Holiday Monday the weather was beautiful, warm and sunny, much nicer that I can ever remember on the August Bank Holiday, and so we took a trip up to Tilgate Park in Crawley. Tilgate Park is somewhere that I remember visiting when I was little and I have fond memories, so it was lovely to go back.

We parked in the large car park at the top of the hill. The car park currently (2016) costs £1 per hour or you can park all day for £5. You can park at the bottom of the hill for free and then walk up the hill, it's not too far but difficult with little ones. The park itself is free to enter.

Tilgate Park in Crawley

Harry was lucky enough to receive a digital camera this week so that we can join in a bloggers photo competition, and this was the first time that he has taken it out and about. He is absolutely thrilled with it and was snapping away, taking pictures of things which to us appeared mundane but all of which had caught his interest in some way.

There is a Nature Centre at the park, for which there is now a small entry charge (in 2016 £2.50 for adults, £1.50 for children). This is more than worth it, as there are plenty of animals to see and the children loved it. There are lots of farm animals, and various displays with plenty of information.

Tilgate Park in Crawley

After seeing the animals we ventured into the rest of the park, which is huge, with plenty to explore. We walked down the hill to the lake to feed the ducks, but they didn't seem very hungry. It was very busy, so I guess they had been fed enough already! Then we let Harry and Mia loose in the adventure playground. Mia was quite little for most of the equipment but that didn't stop her from climbing about as much as she could, she has no fear sometimes. Harry is a little more timid, and Ram had to go climbing through a huge netting tunnel to rescue him at one point!

Tilgate Park in Crawley

We spent the rest of the day at Grandma and Grandad's house just down the road, before coming home for a barbecue in the garden. I can't help feeling that this day marked the end of summer, the weather was almost too good to be true. We still have a couple more days out planned over the next week, but the final countdown to the start of school has definitely begun.


  1. I've heard of this place - supposed to be fab. Thank you for jogging my memory and giving me the impetus to stray a bit further than normal and try it. So glad you enjoyed the day :)


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