Things to do in West Sussex – Tilgate Lake, Crawley

Things to do in West Sussex – Tilgate Lake, Crawley

Things to do in West Sussex with children – Tilgate Lake

During lockdown, it is so hard to come up with things to do in West Sussex with your children, that

a; aren’t full of other people and

b; don’t cost a fortune.

Tilgate Park and Lake, in Crawley, is fantastic.  It is the perfect place to go to, especially for the evening, after a hot day in the sun.  It was away from the crowds and a wonderful place for the children to relax and enjoy.

Tilgate Park also has so much to offer .  It has a a couple of lakes, large green to play games or picnic, wooded areas, play parks, trim trails, golf course, cycle trails and  nature centre.  It also has a cafe, restaurant and a Go Ape high ropes course. In the summer it has some fantastic inflatable games plus boating on the lake and in the winter Father Christmas comes to visit.  There is so much to see and do, it really is a must if you haven’t been before.

About Tilgate Park.

 

The address for Tilgate Park is: Tilgate Drive, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 5PQ

There is one free car park near K2 and the rest are paying but procedes from the car parks do go back into the park!

Dogs are allowed in the park but not in the walled garden or nature reserve.

 

Our evening

This jetty was perfect for chilling out on but as we arrived a couple of teenage girls, also thought the same.

Unfortunately, for one, she managed to drop her phone through the slats of the jetty, into the water below.  As we had fishing nets, we offered to help, also because she was panicking her mum would be really mad at her.  We managed to locate the phone and helped to guide her underneath the jetty to pick it out.

I have to say, if this was my daughter, even if the phone had broken, I would’ve been so proud of her!  She didn’t hesitate to get down to her swimmer, to enter the water to retrieve the phone.  She even went under the jetty where there were all sorts of things lurking.

Having left, to give mum the bad news, we then had the jetty to ourselves. To enjoy the evening.  From across the lake we could even hear music, from someones stereo, and the air was so warm, as the sun started to set.  It was so peaceful!

Whether you want to walk, cycle or take your scooters Tilgate Park is great for burning of energy with your children.  It is also perfect for picnics and playing games on the large green.

THE OUTTAKES

All photo sessions are meant to be fun!

A little bit of photobombing while taking some photos.

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Walking at Ditchling Beacon.. and meeting a lovely couple expecting their first baby

Walking at Ditchling Beacon.. and meeting a lovely couple expecting their first baby

Walking at Ditchling Beacon

Walking at Ditchling Beacon in West Sussex, near Brighton is just beautiful.  From the top you have the most amazing views of both the lush green countryside AND of the sea, in the distance.  Amongst the green, however, was a tiny splash of red…

Poppies… Seeing the pop of red in a field of green is just wonderful!  But I think unfortunately most farmers see them as weeds, so tend to get rid of them.  They also don’t like people trampling over their crops to get to them, which is probably another reason.  I decided to take the dog for a walk around Ditchling to see what I could photograph.  Being a beautiful afternoon, I wasn’t disappointed!

Cheeky cows

These cows were so cheeky! I was following a footpath along the top and either side of the path were cow fields.  As I walked along they came running up to me.  Thankfully, there was a very strong fence between me and them, as they seemed quite keen to get close.  I did love the one of them all walking together, it made me wonder where they were off to.  Once I got to the end, though, I needed to go through their field, so decided to head back, as I didn’t want them coming near me or the dog.  I’d love to know if anyone has walked though this field and whether the cows tend to stay away.

There is a car park near here, at Stamner Lodge, which is only open from 9-5pm.  From here there are lots of lovely footpaths, so please do stick to them and do not cut across farmers fields.  The fields also have cows in them, so do take care.  If you are walking towards the poppy field please only use the footpaths and remember these crops ARE a farmers livelihood.

Meeting a lovely couple and offering to capture some photos of their bump.

When I arrived at the field there was a lovely couple taking photos.    The lady was expecting a baby, so I offered to take a couple of photos of them, together.  Due to lockdown, I kept my distance as all times.  When I got home I then emailed them their photos as a reminder of their evening together.

If you walking around Ditchling Beacon, I would love to know your favourite walk and what you like to photograph, using the comments below.

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