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.

Family Photo Sessions

If you are interesting in booking a fun, relaxed outdoor photo session, capturing the true personality of your family please visit my Home page by clicking HERE

2019… when did that happen??!!!

2019… when did that happen??!!!

Family of 5 photography

Family Photo Sessions Soutwater

Has 2018 flown by for you too or is it just me?

Did you have a long list of things you want to do in the 2018 and suddenly a year has gone by and the list is still long??

Is “Get updated photos of the family” on there?

Do you want photos with your parents before times passes and they’ve gone?

If so, I can help!

This February I have decided to help everyone to tick that one OFF their To DO list and finally get those family photos done.

MINI SESSIONS

I will be holding 2 sets of family mini photo sessions in February.  One will be outside and the other session will be indoors, in Southwater. (only torrential rain will cancel the session)

Family Photographer, Southwater

How does it work?

it’s a 20 minute sessions

Posed or fun..it’s up to you

Indoors or outdoors, you decide

What are the dates?

Indoor Family Photo Session in Southwater

Saturday 9th February 2019

9 – 9.20 am

9.30 – 9.50 am

10 – 10.20 am

10.30 – 10.50 am

11 – 11.20 am

11.30 – 11.50 am

12 – 12.20 pm

2 – 2.20 pm

2.30 – 2.50 pm

3 – 3.20 pm

3.30 – 3.50 pm

4 – 4.20 pm

4.30 – 4.50 pm

Southwater Photography

Outdoor Family Photo Session 

Venue to be confirmed (Horsham Area)

Sunday 10th February 2019

9 – 9.20 am

9.30 – 9.50 am

10 – 10.20 am

10.30 – 10.50 am

11 – 11.20 am

11.30 – 11.50 am

12 – 12.20 pm

2 – 2.20 pm

2.30 – 2.50 pm

3 – 3.20 pm

3.30 – 3.50 pm

4 – 4.20 pm

4.30 – 4.50 pm

Mother and Son Photography, Horsham

How much?

There are various prices and you can upgrade after the session once you have viewed your photos.

a £95..  includes the session 3 digital prints

b £135..   includes the session and 5 digital prints

c £155..   includes the session and ALL digital prints

d £135..   includes the session, 3 digital prints plus 3x 10×8 inch prints

Wall Art can be purchased in addition to the packages.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR FAMILY PHOTO SESSION?

Complete the form below with details about who will be attending the session along with the date and time you wish to book.

I will then send you an invoice which needs to be paid in order to secure your session.  (without payment someone else can have your slot)

Once I’ve booked

I will then email you extra details about the session, address of venue, clothing ideas, welcome information etc.

Horsham Photographer

For more details about a family photo session in Southwater please click here to head to the main website.  If you wish to keep up to date with future offers and information you can also like my Facebook page by clicking Claire Wilders Photography 

Sheffield House…

Sheffield House…

Sheffield Park with Nanny

Leaves, Autumn Colours, Sheffield Park in the Autumn


Things to do with children in Sussex, Sussex Photography,

 

First of all, it’s no secret that I LOVE Autumn and that I also moan about living in Sussex away from the mountains and the sea that I’m used too.  (As lovely as the Sussex coastline is I’m used to the sea being 5 minutes from my house)

Leaves and feet, autumn leaves, Sheffield Park, Sussex Photographer

 

However there is a place in Sussex that ALWAYS makes me pleased to see… and that’s the National Trusts Sheffield Park, https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-gardenGirls in the autumn, Sussex in the Autumn,

 

 

 

 

 

Nan and Grandaughter in the Autumn, family photo sessions in sussexLast weekend I decided to drag my two children and mum out for some lovely Autumn photos and to enjoy a beautiful walk around the gardens. This only happened because I promised them a go on the big swing and a play in the den building area afterwards. Family Photo Sessions, Sussex photo sessions, Autumn family Photo SessionsLast year I made the mistake of going there first and NEVER actually making it into the gardens!

 

 

 

 

 

Nan and grandson in the Autumn, Photo sessions in Sussex

 

Sometimes, however children don’t want to play and decide they don’t want their photo taken… children of photographers included.

Grumpy children with nanny

 

Autumn photo sessions with grandparents, nan and grandchildren family photo shoot ideas, susses photography

Autumn Mini Sessions at Tilgate Park

Autumn Mini Sessions at Tilgate Park

I LOVE AUTUMN……

 

It’s the most beautiful time of the year and I LOVE to make the most of the crisp days before winter arrives and I snuggle up in front of the fire.

Photography in Tilgate Psrk, Crawley

 

After years of living in various countries and places around England and Wales there is one place in Crawley that has been hard to beat…

Tilgate Park…!! I know… hard to believe isn’t it.. but it’s true. Tilgate is just so beautiful and it has so much to offer… I remember many walks around Tilgate as a child and still today, even with all the additions it is STILL a BEAUTIFUL place to go for a walk.

Things to do with children in Crawley

 

This is why I decided to do my Autumn Mini Sessions at Tilgate this year.  The colours on the trees will be stunning and with some beautiful areas, it really is a lovely back drop.

 

The session itself will only last 20-30 minutes and will be very relaxed to enable us to capture some beautiful photos of your family.  £95 not only includes the session but you will also receive 3 digital images for you to keep.  You will have the option to purchase extra photos, wall art or photo books but this is only if you choose to, it is not a requirement.

 

Photo

 

There is a parking fee but this money is put back in to the park and this really does show.  My children still love the Nature Reserve that is growing all the time and has a lovely variety of animals AND is still an absolute bargain.    After your session you can make the most of the park as there are also walks, parks, lakes, cafes, trim trails, Go APE, Smith and Weston Restaurant plus LOADS of different clubs going on in the huts.   Tilgate Nature Centre

 

For more information visit  http://www.crawley.gov.uk/pw/Leisure_and_Culture/Tilgate_Park/index.htm   or  https://tilgatenaturecentre.wordpress.com/

Black and White image of boy in a hat

Enjoying the beauty of spring in Sussex

Enjoying the beauty of spring in Sussex

Billingshurst rape field, sussex

I love the spring and after living away from Sussex for the last 20 years it doesn’t stop surprising me with its beauty!

Whilst driving home from another of the children’s clubs last night we drove past this field.  A quick U turn and a screeching halt in a lay by I bundled the children out of the car to enjoy the moment.

Boy on fence, boy in rapeseed field, Horsham, rapeseed field

This was at the edge of the lay by with the sun setting in the background, while my daughter was in the field watching it set.

Girl in rape seed field, Horsham, sussex

They then decided they wanted to hide along the path before we jumped back in the car and headed home.Children amongst the rape seed, sussex

 

I think writing this blog and technology going wrong actually took longer to do than capturing a lovely moment with my children…

So, put down your tablet, grab a camera and go capture a moment.. happy snapping this spring x

Bluebell Sessions

Bluebell Sessions

Spring is on its way!!  Therefore, it won’t be long until the bluebells arrive and that means it’s time to book your session…

As bluebells only last a few weeks there will be limited dates available so if you are interested in capturing some memories of your family it’s best to book as soon as possible.  Sessions will last about 45 minutes and location will be confirmed closer to the time, once I know the most beautiful area to use.  At the moment possible locations include Barns Green, Horsham, Crawley or Billingshurst.

 

Bluebell portrait photography, Horsham, Barns Green, Crawley, Billingshurst