Tilgate Nature Centre is hosting our first ever Disability Fun Day! We’re inviting families that have children with disabilities to come and join us on the 1st September at the Nature Centre for a day full of talks, animal feeds, opportunities to take photos with animals, arts and crafts and competitions! As the day is fast approaching we’re getting even more excited, so here’s all you need to know to make your day a success!
The Nature Centre is open from 10am until 6pm with last entry at 5pm. The event starts at 10.30 am and finishes at 4pm but the Nature Centre will still be open so feel free to explore! The main car park’s postcode is RH10 5PQ
We are making our staff car park available for the day, it is closer to the Nature Centre entrance so you won’t have to walk too far! The staff car park is at the end of a private road that shoots off from the main car park. Signs and staff will be visible on the day to help direct you. Spaces are limited, so please only use this car park if you feel that it will enhance your experience of the day. If you don’t mind a five minute walk to the Nature Centre entrance through the beautiful park and Walled Garden then please use the main car park. Animal footprints will be on the path highlighting the best route to take from our main car park.
Please note that the staff car park is only to be used on the 1st September and not for future visits to the Nature Centre.
If you’re paying on the day you’ll be able to see a stand at the front of the Nature Centre selling family wristbands. You don’t have to stay in the Nature Centre all day if you want to explore the park, you can come and go as you please if you get a stamp from our gift shop. There are also activities in the Barn just by the Nature Centre entrance, so if you like arts and crafts don’t forget to check them out!
We have a talk programme set up for the day. You’ll be handed a booklet when you buy your tickets that has all the information inside, so you won’t miss a thing! Boards around the Nature Centre will also be advertising talks, feeds and opportunities to take photos.
You’ll also be handed a quiz to fill out as you head around the Nature Centre if you wish to do so. On the back of the quiz is a short sheet so you can tell us how we’re doing hosting this event, we’d love your feedback! If you hand in your quiz/evaluation sheet in the gift shop at the end of your visit then you’ll get a prize to take home!
Feel free to bring your own ear defenders, if you forget then don’t worry! We’ll have a few pairs on standby for you to borrow.
The Adventure Zone in the Walled Garden will be open from 10-11am for Disability Fun Day attendees. This hour is exclusive to you and your families so make sure you take advantage of it if you want to avoid queues later in the day!
Chill out zone
If you want to take time out from your busy day and just chill out for a bit there are arts and crafts on offer in the Barn, just outside the Nature Centre entrance, and a courtyard with a marquee to relax in too.
The Disability Fun Day has been a collaboration with a number of teams, Crawley Wellbeing, Crawley Borough Council Community Services, Autism Support Crawley and Tilgate Nature Centre. We’ll all be available on the day for any questions you may have about our work or future events. There will also be information stands for a number of local groups that may interest you.
We have a hoist assisted toilet within the Nature Centre, there are disabled toilets also in the main car park and Walled Garden.
Tilgate Park is paved around the lake and main lawns, the Walled Garden is fully paved as is the Nature Centre. There is one animal house in our Madagascar Zone within the Nature Centre that has a small step, otherwise all other houses and zones are accessible.
There is a café within the Walled Garden for refreshments.
We have a number of staff that are first aid trained, please notify a volunteer or staff member if you need assistance. They will have radios to get in contact with trained staff immediately.