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At Tilgate Nature Centre, we aim to educate visitors about the natural world and man’s relationship with it. We want to inspire interest in nature and create feelings of respect, empathy and concern for other creatures.

A visit to Tilgate Park and Nature Centre offers a safe and enjoyable environment for children to play and learn outside the classroom. Discover amazing facts from our educational talks, informative signs, flip boards and interactive displays.

School and Group Talks

Talks to schools and other organised groups take place in our classroom. These exciting sessions allow supervised contact with live animals and a range of artefacts.

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Animal Encounter Sessions

Please note: We cannot offer animal encounter sessions for nursery groups due to the risks involved when handling animals.

Park Talks

Book a Visit

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ALL school and group outings to Tilgate Park and Nature Centre must be booked in advance.

For enquiries or to book a visit, please contact the Nature Centre on 01293 521168 or email Alex Hughes or Richard Bourton .


In order to maintain the level of facilities provided at Tilgate Park, the following charges are necessary:

Group Visit with Educational Talk:

£6 per pupil, per visit (£3 Crawley schools)

This standard charge applies only to groups that book an educational talk. It includes entry to the Nature Centre and Walled Garden, access to play areas, picnic facilities and the coach park.

All payments can be made on the day of your visit at the Nature Centre office, or by invoice. Please make cheques payable to Crawley Borough Council.

Car Parking

£1.10 per hour or £5.50 per day.

Health and Safety

All visit organisers should follow the advice given by the Health and Safety Executive .

(01293) 521168
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Tilgate Park
Titmus Drive
West Sussex RH10 5PQ

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(01293) 521168
(01293) 528133 (Café)

email: click to email us

Tilgate Park
Titmus Drive
West Sussex RH10 5PQ

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