Worth Park retained its Silver Gilt Award in the Heritage category in this year's campaign.
South & South East in Bloom promotes, supports and encourages community activity through gardening, horticulture and environmental sustainability across the South East.
Part of Britain in Bloom - Europe's largest horticultural campaign - the annual awards recognise excellence in local councils who work with the community to make their parks and streets clean, green and colourful all year round.
Worth Park covers eight hectares and once formed part of Worth Forest, an ancient woodland and hunting ground which has records dating back to Anglo-Saxon times.
The park has recently undergone a restoration project to restore it to its former Victorian glory, with the help of funding from Crawley Borough Council and £2.42m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Ridleys Court is home to the park’s Visitor Centre as well as toilets, including disabled facilities, exhibition space and community rooms.
Keep up to date and find out more about all the events taking place at the park this year.
Every Wednesday and every other Sunday at 10.30am.
Learn new skills, keep fit and help keep Worth Park looking its best as part of this friendly group. No experience needed, all ages welcome and tools will be provided.
Gardening training - Learn new skills from the professionals and help our horticulture team maintain the park.
A bi-monthly group from 2-4pm for anyone with an interest in heritage and textile crafts, led by costumier Eileen Hall.
All levels of experience welcome. Materials and refreshments provided. Booking essential – contact Eileen on 07801 233517
Monday to Friday from 10.30am-2.30pm
An exhibition of paintings created by Crawley Art Society inspired by old photographs and maps of Worth Park. Trail sheets for families to follow around the park and an exhibition of historic archives will also be on display.
Tuesdays 10.30am-12 noon until 24 October
Gentle, tailored exercise with gardening for the over 50s.
Let our qualified fitness instructor help you through some gentle exercises then help our Head Gardener tidy up our woodland area and plant bulbs for next spring. Free but booking essential. Contact Jackie Thatcher on 01293 585352.
A faster-paced walk takes place on 26 October at 10.30am.
Spice up your Christmas with scented forest greenery, mulled wine, traditional crafts and carol singing and let the flavours, sounds and textures of a traditional family yuletide be part of your family celebrations this year. With home-made mince pies, roast chestnuts, a Christmas nature trail, a brass band and choirs and Christmas arts and crafts making traditional wreaths, leafy Victorian Christmas swags and even Christmas trees made from decorated willow. All free with small charge for refreshments.
Volunteers interested in being trained to help others to make the wreaths and trees, please book a place on our training day.
Further information or to book a place on the free workshop, please contact Edwina on 01293 885871.
From Three Bridges station walk east along Worth Park Avenue and then left into Milton Mount Avenue. The walk takes 15-20 minutes.
The park is open 24 hours a day.
Set up in 2006, the aim of the Worth Park Friends is to act as ambassadors for the area, raise awareness of the history of the gardens, organise clean up days and fundraising events. For more information telephone 01293 882275.
The fishery is operated by Crawley Angling Society for members only.
Crawley Croquet Club plays on the park’s lawns, catering for everyone from beginners to experienced players. From April to October members can be found there almost every day. For further details contact the club secretary Anne Jenkinson on 01293 884469.
Are you fascinated by history and heritage? Do you love gardening, or are good at organising? If so, perhaps you would be interested in finding out more about the volunteering opportunities at Worth Park?
We’re also looking for people interested in leading guided walks around Worth Park. These specialist walks would cover different topics such as birds, trees, lake wildlife, history of the park or even croquet with a game at the end! Contact Edwina Livesey on 01293 885871.
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Worth Park Visitor Centre