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Tilgate Park, Crawley

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Tilgate Park is a large recreational park situated south of Tilgate, South-East Crawley. It is the largest and most popular park in the area.

Originally a 2,185-acre (8.84 km2) part of the ancient Worth Forest, the park and adjacent areas (including the modern-day Furnace Green, Three Bridges, part of Southgate and Tilgate Forest) were part of the larger Tilgate Estate.

Although visitor activity is mostly focused on the area surrounding Tilgate Lake and on the adjacent gardens of a former country mansion, a large area of the park is former silvicultural forest. This is now being managed as a Local Nature Reserve called Tilgate Forest. The park also contains the Tilgate Nature Centre featuring captive breeding of some vulnerable and endangered animal species and varieties.
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  • Gorgeous evening out one of the best areas in West Sussex to I now kill distress have a nice walk the dog will have a chat with the wife parents family take the kids to play play and feed the birds...  more »
  • This is a clean, tidy park with paths to walk on and a cafe. The nature centre is also really nice; it's a good place for families to go for a little outing. The cafe has an outdoor roofed seating...  more »
  • Great park to come to as has so much to do. The farm is reasonable priced and well maintained with a lot to keep children interested. Beautiful lake and woodland walks with lots of room for picnics and games. Good sized play area too for all ages (no sand pit). There are a number of toilet facilities, it is buggy and wheel chair accessible and there is a variety of food outlets. The main cafe and ice cream bar have a £5 min spend on card machines so good idea to take cash for ice creams. Great day out without having to break the bank.
  • Busy play park area but plenty more to do, cafes and lovely areas to walk away from the crowds! Enjoyed seeing canoes on the lake too. Lots of dog walkers here and we enjoyed the maze. Wristbands for rides and bouncy castles available but bit pricey for small ones.
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