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Go Ape

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Go Ape is the UK’s number one forest adventure.

Take part in a Tree Top Adventure - flying down zip-wires, leaping off tarzan swings and tackling crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.

As well as being great for family and friends Go Ape can offer Corporate Team Building Events .

Have a look at the Go Ape video below to see the thrills on offer:

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Smith & Western Restaurant

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The Smith & Western restaurant is located at the top of Tilgate Park and serves authentic American style food from salads to sizzling steak for all the family.


Tilgate Lake

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All lake based activities, including fishing and boating in Tilgate Park, are managed by Tilgate Park Watersports


Tilgate Park Play Area

Children on rope swing

The play area is located to the left of the main driveway and opposite the main car park. It is free to enter the play area, although there is a charge of £3.00 if you wish to park in the main car park. To see what’s included in the play area click on the link below:

Tilgate Park Outdoor Gym

Tilgate Outdoor Gym As part of our commitment to help people live a more active lifestyle, we have installed a free to use Outdoor Gym. The gym is similar to a conventional indoor gym but the equipment has been specially designed for use outdoors. It is free to use, accessible in all weather conditions and suitable for varying fitness levels.

Visit the Outdoor Gym page for more information and links to videos showing how to use the equipment.

Tilgate Forest Golf Centre

Tilgate Forest Golf Centre is set within the magnificent wooded countryside of the High Weald of Sussex adjoining the Tilgate Forest Park. This outstanding location offers unparalleled views. The park covers some 400 acres and was once part of the Tilgate Estate, which covered much of the surrounding area.

The Walled Garden

The Walled Garden situated in the heart of Tilgate Park and once formed part of the historic Tilgate Estate. The Walled Garden has enjoyed a rich history from a kitchen garden to the gentry, to a horticulture research station and to it’s current use as a garden for everyone to enjoy. Find out more on the History of the Walled Garden .

Walled Garden Cafe and Picnic Area

Walled Garden Cafe

The Walled Garden café serves snacks, ice creams, sandwiches, baguettes and drinks as well as having an outside patio area.

Summer opening hours:

10:00am – 5:00pm.

Winter opening hours:

10:00am – 4:00pm.

Please note - dogs are excluded from the Walled Garden.


Within the Walled Garden is the incredibly popular maze that has been designed to be fun to use but not too difficult to reach the look out tower in the centre. The route from the entrance to the base of the tower is 135 metres. The maze is free to enter and is open to anyone wishing to give it a try!

Themed Gardens

The Walled Garden is home to some stunning examples of different types of gardens and planting including – a Family Garden, Wildlife Garden, Formal Garden, Allotment Garden, Society Garden, Outreach Garden, Rockeries, Herb Garden and a Rose Garden.

Planning your visit

For directions to the park, information about car parking and toilet facilities, charges Disabled Go logo and opening times, please view our Plan your Visit page. DisabledGo have also produced access guides for Tilgate Park .

Craft Units

Next to the Nature Centre and Walled Garden Café are eight craft studios. Local artists, craftspeople and wellbeing practitioners are based here and many are open to the public. These include a photographer, pewter jewellery maker and mosaic craftsman as well as:

  • Clarabeau – a decorative art studio that specialises in teaching specialist skills.
  • Gatwick Greenspace Partnership – Runs lots of fun outdoor wildlife activities for children and young people. Check out our events at . This partnership is a Sussex Wildlife Trust project.
  • Sew'n'beads – Specialising in all types of sewing classes and workshops - .

(01293) 521168
(01293) 528133 (Café) click to email us
Tilgate Park
Titmus Drive
West Sussex RH10 5PQ

Contact Us

(01293) 521168
(01293) 528133 (Café)

email: click to email us

Tilgate Park
Titmus Drive
West Sussex RH10 5PQ

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