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

Photographing children with special needs

Photographing children with special needs

Care is needed when photographing children with special needs

Here is a lovely review a friend wrote recently:

The background story.

A friends son has Autism and Tourette’s, so found it too overwhelming to have photos taken at school.  The environment was too noisy and he didn’t like having his photo taken in front of other people.

This was too much for, lets call him Peter, so his siblings have their memorable school photos but he doesn’t because the environment wasn’t suitable for him.

Photographing a school photography session for a child with special needs.

This is why last year, for the for first time they came to Claire Wilders Photography in Southwater, near Horsham.  For a bespoke school photo session. Peter came in and took his time to settle in slowly.  The session was then taken as his speed.  He was a little star and had his photos taken with his siblings and together they got some lovely photos of them ALL together.  It took a bit longer than the “allotted time” but that’s okay because it’s about creating a memory for the family and they deserve to have that photo, just like everyone else.

Family Photography Horsham, Photographing children with special needs

So now they have that “normal” school photo.. like everyone else.

BUT…what is normal?

Is Peter not normal because he doesn’t like his photo being taken or is he completely normal because he doesn’t like his photo being take?   He just has extra needs. Every person on this page has had completely different needs because no child is the same.. even twins!

Family Photography Horsham, children with special needs

MOST children HATE having their photo taken..

Children, like Peter that have special needs may find having their photo taken a struggle because it’s too noisy and too intrusive.  Others hate sitting down too long BUT don’t most children?  Things children don’t like about photo sessions include having to look at the camera, hating their outfit or not liking a stranger making them do this and do that.  Some just hate having to be near their brothers and sisters!

 

Children with special needs, School Photography Horsham

But this doesn’t mean they can’t have their photos taken.  It’s about adapting to the children.

This could include; playing with their toys, running around the woods or reading a book. Helping them to settle in, in whatever way they need. The session can be at your house, the park, their sports lesson, wherever they feel comfortable. (It also doesn’t cost you more if it’s in the local area)Party Photo Session Horsham, Family Photography Horsham

Any photographer will tell you kids photo sessions are very rarely a dream because children are not little robots.. BUT you will have some gorgeous photos at the end of it, showing their personality!

Mini Family Photo Sessions in Horsham.

Mini sessions are great because these only take around 20 minutes so families aren’t expected to “perform” for ages. Outdoor Mini Family Photography Sessions allow your children to burn up some energy on the walk to the location.  It’s also possible have a quick play and relax before the camera comes out.

Please do get in touch or feel free to head here to have a look at the Families Photography Page.

Children with special needs Horsham, Photographing children with special needs

None of the children on this page are models.

It’s about capturing emotions and personal moments.  Whatever they are; cuddles, splashing in a puddle, wearing a princess outfit.

Together we will decide the best environment to capture the perfect photos of your family.

Family Photography Horsham

UPDATE…

Peter asked his mum if I can take his photos again this year because it’s much calmer for him and he prefers this to the crazy school environment.

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