Following consultation with dog walkers and visitors to Tilgate Park, Crawley Borough Council has decided to ask dog walkers to keep their pets on leads around Tilgate Lake. To find out more, read our press release.
Tilgate Park has so much to offer from stunning lakes, lawns and gardens to miles of woodland and bridleways for long leisurely walks. As well as all this Tilgate Park also boasts Tilgate Nature Centre and excellent activities and attractions .
Planning your visit
To find out directions to the park, car parking and toilet facilities, charges and opening times, please view our Plan your Visit page.
DisabledGo have also produced access guides for Tilgate Park.
Green Flag Award
Tilgate Park has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag - the national standard for quality parks and green spaces.
Dogs must be kept on a lead around Tilgate Park lake and out of the lake.
Dogs are excluded from the Nature Centre, Walled Garden and play area.
Tilgate Park Tree Trail
A major feature of Tilgate Park is the range of heritage trees that have been planted over the past 200 years, a practice which we continue to the present day. Many of these trees are not only fine specimens but are also rare examples of lesser known species.
The trail picks out 30 of the best examples including some that have appeared on the Tree Register of the British Isles for being champion trees of their particular species. Some have amazing autumn colours, others have beautiful flowers. There are trees from China, Africa, Europe and America. You can see the trees that can grow to be the tallest in the world and others whose ancestors rubbed shoulders with the dinosaurs.
Each trail tree has been identified with its name and a number. In addition there are 10 rubbing images along the trail which children and adults alike can have fun finding.
The leaflet and activity sheet are also available at the Nature Centre Shop.
Ashes Scattering and Memorials
Many people have fond memories of visits to Tilgate Park with their loved ones and would like to scatter their ashes within the park or remember them by way of a memorial such as a tree or a bench.
The Azalea Woodland is our dedicated ashes scattering area and features seating and the ‘Passage’ sculpture on which engraved memorial plaques are mounted.
Scattering of ashes is by permission only. We do not permit ashes to be scattered in any other area of the park.
Tilgate Park is an ideal venue for holding all types of events. Contact us for more information.
Filming, commercial photography and use of drones
If you are interested in obtaining permission for filming or commercial photography anywhere in Tilgate Park, please contact Samantha Sheppard or call 01293 438539.
We require a minimum of two weeks’ notice for all applications and are unable to provide location advice or support.
The following charges apply:
Half day filming: (Up to six hours) £400 +VAT
Full day filming: (12 hours) £750 +VAT
Commercial photography: POA
Please see our policy on the use of drones on council-owned land and around the town.
For wedding photography in the park, please contact Julie Lynn or call 01293 438437.
Wedding photoshoots: £100+VAT up to one hour and a maximum of 40 guests then £50+VAT per additional hour.
History and Conservation
Tilgate Park has had a long and varied history from the discovery of dinosaur bones through to use in the 17th century iron industry to becoming a palatial estate to being use by Sir Malcolm Campbell for flotation trials prior to his water speed world record!
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