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.
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.
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A little bit of photobombing while taking some photos.
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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!
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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Why did we decide to run 5km for the NHS during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Running 5km for NHS was our way of saying THANK YOU because during Lockdown I feel very guilty but privileged to able to stay at home, safe, with my children.
Unable to work, as a non essential business, this to is a small price to pay. At home I am able to spend time with my children: having fun, homeschooling and teaching them life skills. All the while, others are out there risking themselves everyday and then coming home to their family….Still trying to keep everyone safe!
Getting fitter during Lockdown.
A few times a week I have been able to get out for a run. Away from others and slowly building up my fitness. Something that lots of NHS workers have probably been unable to do, during this troubling time.
My children have been spent days with me, as a family: playing on the trampoline, cooking, taking the dog for walk; enjoying carefree days.
Saying thanks to the NHS.
My daughters football team, Southwater Royals Girls Under 13, challenged the girls to run 5km for NHS. So I decided my two children should attempt that challenge.
Having just built up to 5km myself, I told them we would just take it slowly, as neither of them had run that far before and nor had they done any training for it! Although as children they are constantly on the move. My daughter also loves athletics so she did have a head start in fitness. All because other people out there are working VERY hard to keep us safe.
The 5km run for the NHS
We set off early morning and both children were quite excited. The start was tough because it took a little while to warm up and set our pace.
Before long we all settled into a good pace and we were all smiling and chatting. The route we did was great because it had 4 sections, which meant you felt like to were checking off the miles pretty quickly. It was also through the beautiful countryside around Southwater so really nice and peaceful!
The final leg is where things got a bit harder but both children were still brilliant. Preferring to sprint, my daughter would run off and then went for us to catch up. Whereas my son, who doesn’t normally run took the slow and steady option. I was amazed by his determination because he didn’t walk even when he was really tired!
What amazes me most is how normal they both looked when we finished. I’m really proud of them both because they took the challenge on without any complaints and it was a brilliant thing to do as a family. If anyone would like to give a donation to the NHS please click 5k for NHS
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Finding things to do in West Sussex can be hard to do when you don’t know what’s out there. But have you heard of Wisbourough Green…
I can’t imagine many people have. Its a lovely, sleepy little village in West Sussex that is set around a village green and a pond. It also has a pub, cafe, school and post office. I only know it because I drive through it or occasionally I cycle to the cafe. However once a year the village comes alive with people and bursts of colour. As 25 balloons descend on the village ready to take flight for the charity Chestnut Tree House!
Around sunrise and sunset the hot air balloons are prepared on the village green. It’s amazing to walk amongst them at the various stages of inflation. The colours are absolutely stunning. Once set up, you can watch the stunning display of balloons taking off and flying over the Downs and Sussex countryside. This year the weather was so warm with bright blue skies. Watching the balloons was just magical, especially being able to see them in the sky as the sun was setting.
I can’t wait for next year when I’ll definitely be up early to see them setting up.
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)
Last 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. Last year I made the mistake of going there first and NEVER actually making it into the gardens!
Sometimes, however children don’t want to play and decide they don’t want their photo taken… children of photographers included.
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.
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.
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.
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.