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Tilgate Park, Crawley

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Tilgate Park is a large park situated in Tilgate, South-East Crawley. It is the largest and most popular park in the area. Although it is mostly associated with the area surrounding Tilgate Lake, a large area of the park is also silvicultural forest, there is also a Local Nature Reserve called Tilgate Nature Centre for protected and endangered species.Originally a 2185acre part of the Worth Forest, the park and the surrounding areas (including the modern day Furnace Green, Three Bridges and part of the Ashdown Forest) were part of the larger Tilgate estate, first recorded in 1647. From that time, industries including Ironworks and furnaces were dismantled and replaced by a landed working estate.The manor of Tilgate was bought by Sir Edward Culpeper and Sir Walter Covert, who owned the manor of nearby Slaugham, from Edward Nevill, 8th Baron Bergavenny in 1566. The manor house, known as Tilgate Mansion, was probably built by 1647. The manor passed with that of Slaugham down the Covert family line, before passing to another family, the Sergisons, in 1702. After a succession of owners in the early 19th century, it was purchased in 1862 by a wealthy businessman from India, George Ashburner.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Good place to go with the children's good play park. Also nice just for a walk around the lake and wooded areas.  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    The grass slope near the lake is perfect for picnics and games. A big group of us had a great time enjoying the ambience and each other. Good people-watching opportunities too!  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Lovely in all seasons, various events through the year. Dragon boat racing in September is always worth a visit. The nature centre is perfect for young families and is very reasonably priced, a rarity...  more »
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  • A lovely space on the edge of Crawley. The lakes and grounds are a great place for a stroll, or if you want something a bit more active there's Go Ape. A walled garden has a maze, ponies and a petting zoo (costs to get in). Amazingly the large lake was the site of the first tests of Donald Campbell's Bluebird (especially good for amazing friends who believe it was Coniston). Slightly marred by the presence of a Smith & Western, but that's easily ignored. Gets very busy during school holidays but is otherwise quite peaceful.
  • This park is a great place for the whole family, the lake is used for boating, fishing, letting your dog swim, and great for nature spotting. There is a very well laid out playground, a bunch of nice secluded walks, a restaurant, good parking, and much much more. It's very well looked after and spans a huge area for lots of discoveries and adventure. Take your family, take your partner, take your dog, go on a first date, or just go and enjoy the tranquillity of nature on one of the many trails you will find something for you!
  • Frequently visit here. Perfect for both my disabled elderly mother (you can drive up to cafe in walled garden and park with a disabled badge) and my grandson. Lovely planting, space for games and picnics and lovely walks. Animal park is always a winer
  • Lovely place to visit. Very family friendly. It has a Go Ape, café and a children's play park. Lots of different walks to take. We especially like the walk around the lake
  • Gotta go. Probably the best thing Crawley has to offer. Parking charges are reasonable (£1 per hour). With a Smith and Western or Cafe to chose from. Brilliant for taking children for education and good fun. Go!

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