Events

Our calendar includes all kinds of events events organised by us and other groups in the community.

Give It A Go, 18 January to 16 March

Give It A Go is a Creative Crawley event and features fun and affordable events for all ages.

Get involved and brighten up the winter months with performances, podcasts, parties, crafting, exhibitions, talks and workshops.

Events take place in Broadfield, Furnace Green and West Green, as well as online. Some events are free and nothing costs more than £5.

Creative Crawley is supported by Crawley Borough Council and Arts Council England.

Watch the Give It A Go trailer on YouTube 

Homecoming, Queensway, 22 to 25 February

A multi-layered, touring and participatory ultra violet (UV) art installation that is presented in an adapted shipping container. It is created by Estabrak / إستبرق, an award-winning, cross-disciplinary artist, film maker, facilitator and researcher committed to experimentation, inclusivity and a participatory arts practice.

This is part of the Town Centre Cultural Quarter programme, one of nine Towns Fund projects supported through the government Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Spring Forward light and sound installation launch, Friday 23 February at 6pm, Memorial Gardens

Featuring a lantern lit community parade with a dragon made of re-used car parts, Dragon Heart Beats is a favourite at festivals and events around the country and will be leading the launch event – constructed of hub caps, breathing fire and accompanied by live percussion and fireworks.

Spring Forward light installation, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 February, 6pm to 10pm, Memorial Gardens

Created by Same Sky, the Spring Forward installation will be in the central bedding area of Memorial Gardens with animals and plants from the forest, field, city and sea. Featuring new sculptures by Crawley students and Same Sky’s professionals, the installation will showcase light sculpture of creatures that emerge during spring.

Crawley Writers’ Circle poetry trail - 29 February to 31 March, various locations around Crawley

The poetry trail is a collaborative project between Crawley Writers’ Circle, Crawley Art Society, Crawley WORDfest and venues around Crawley. The most effective way to appreciate the poems is to walk or cycle between some of or all of the venues, most of which are in the town centre.

The purpose of the trail is to celebrate creativity in our community and all poems are meant to be as inclusive and accessible as possible.

Locations: Crawley Memorial Gardens, County Mall, Crawley Museum, Crawley and Broadfield libraries and St. John’s Church.

To find out more, visit the Crawley Community Action website or email crawleywriterscircle@gmail.com.
 

WORDfest Crawley, 1 to 31 March

A community-run festival celebrating words, literature and language in all its forms. Find out more on the WORDfest Crawley website.

Fathom - 10 to 23 March, online

A celebration of personal creativity. Fathom encourages participants to carve out ten minutes a day to rekindle their creative curiosity and observe the positive impact on their wellbeing. Players will interact with an online poetic narrative as they follow Wren and their sister Phoebe on an extraordinary journey of resilience.

This is part of the Town Centre Cultural Quarter programme, one of nine Towns Fund projects supported through the government Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Human Rights Bingo - 13 to 14 March, The Hawth, Cross Keys House and St John’s Church Community Centre

A ‘cabaret with a conscience’ in which the audience get to play bingo, win prizes and discover how little they know about the human rights acts.

This is part of the Town Centre Cultural Quarter programme, one of nine Towns Fund projects supported through the government Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

WordFest Crime Weekend - 14, 16 and 18 March, The Brewery Shades and Ancient Priors, High Street

A focus on crime fiction with two events ’Noir at the Bar’ and an event in the kitchens of the Ancient Priors, which lends itself to discussions about grisly topics.

This is part of the Town Centre Cultural Quarter programme, one of nine Towns Fund projects supported through the government Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Spring fun in Queens Square, 16 March

Come and celebrate spring in Queens Square with music, storytelling, a silent disco and the fountain switch-on.

Finding Place - 22 to 24 March, Ancient Priors, High Street

Watch this space as details are to be announced for powerful and contemporary art exhibition featuring approximately 12 artists.

This is part of the Town Centre Cultural Quarter programme, one of nine Towns Fund projects supported through the government Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Goffs Park Tree Trail - 20 April from 11am

Learn more about the lovely trees in the park. Families are especially welcome to join in the walk. Refreshments will be available from the kiosk.

St George’s Day - 20 April, Queens Square, 11am to 4pm

Enjoy St George's Day with classic tunes by Crawley Millennium Concert Band and a new, interactive theatre production of the iconic story of Alice in Wonderland. 

International Dance Day - 27 and 29 April, County Mall, Memorial Gardens, Queens Square and Crawley Leisure Park

More information coming soon.

This is part of the Town Centre Cultural Quarter programme, one of nine Towns Fund projects supported through the government Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Ifield Mill by bicycle - 28 April, from The Crow statue, High Street, 11.30am

Following cycle routes in Tilgate Park, Broadfield Park and Ifield Mill Pond with a stop at Ifield Mill. Bring food to enjoy a picnic lunch. This short ride will be at a very gentle pace, ideal for those new to cycling or who have not cycled for some time. Keep up-to-date with the events programme on this page or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.  

Ifield Mayfayre - 6 May, Ifield Barn Theatre and St Margaret’s Church, 11.30am to 4pm

See the May Queen parade, Maypole dancing and other traditional and not quite so traditional attractions at the 34th annual Mayfayre. Find out more on the St. Margaret's Church website.

A Flavour of Steampunk - 11 May, High Street

Stroll to the historic High Street for some splendid activities to include G&Tea rooms, circus and steam! Professor Elemental puts on his Fighting Trousers to meet you at the Inn at the End of Time. Enjoy memories of the Crawley that could have been, in alternative futuristic Steampunk style. 

A tour of Crawley by bicycle - 12 May, from The Crow statue, High Street, 10.30am

Cycling at a sedate pace, exploring cycle paths and low-traffic roads around Crawley, stopping at Tilgate Golf Club for refreshments. This short ride will be at a very gentle pace, ideal for those new to cycling or who have not cycled for some time. 

STEM in the Park - 18 May, Memorial Gardens, 11am to 4pm

An enjoyable and inspirational day of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). STEM In The Park is aimed at inspiring young people to consider STEM subjects in a fun and engaging way.

Crawley Festival BACKstage - 25 May, Memorial Gardens, 12 noon to 5pm

A free community event with live music from local talent, multicultural food demonstrations from Diverse Crawley’s Cultural Kitchen, information stalls, children's play area, workshops and entertainment.

Without Walls with Brighton Festival - 25 to 26 May

Ancient Giants, Memorial Gardens – 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Gods and Demons from ancient stories come to life in this family friendly street theatre show that is an exciting fusion of puppetry, martial arts, dance and storytelling. Find out more on the Brighton Festival website.

Birdie, Queens Square – 12 noon and 2.30pm. A beautiful show featuring three professional actors with learning disabilities, blending intricate choreography, original music, and captivating object manipulation to tell a powerful story about climate change. Find out more on the Brighton Festival website
 

Rah Rah Theatre presents Teddy Bears Picnic - 29 May, The Walled Garden (The Barn), Tilgate Park

Bring along your favorite bear and join us on a fun, exciting adventure to get to the picnic on time!

The show incorporates props, puppets, well-known songs, and dancing together with important educational areas such as numbers, colours, and shapes and is aimed at children aged 2-6.

Showtimes: 11am and 2pm. Performances last approximately one hour.

Don't forget to pack a picnic blanket as there is reserved space at the front of the theatre for little ones to enjoy the show. Please remember that the Walled Garden is a dog-free area.

Ticket Prices:

  • Adults £10
  • Children £8
  • Under 2’s free (one under 2 can be admitted free with every purchase of an adult ticket)

Book your tickets via our booking form

D-Day beacon lighting - 6 June, evening (approximately 6pm), Tilgate Park car park

Join us for a special commemoration as we light the beacon to honour the memory of those who bravely served on D-Day, marking its 80th anniversary.

No need to book in advance. Just come along and be part of this meaningful event.
 

A day of singing with Phoenix Choir of Crawley - 8 June, St Andrew’s Church, Furnace Green, 10am to 4pm

Experienced singers are invited to an informal and inspiring day of singing led by popular composer, Bob Chilcott. The musical focus will be Chilcott’s ‘Five Days that Changed the World’. The fee for the day is £25, which includes music hire. Book on the eventbrite website.

Taste of the Caribbean - 8 June, Goffs Park

Taste Of The Caribbean food and drink festival is a celebration of different cultures and amazing cuisines.  Its aim is to introduce people of all backgrounds, ages, races, and religions to some of the most amazing food and drink in the world.

The event consists of multiple street food traders selling hot food, desserts, take home produce, cultural crafts as well as non-food products. Entertainment consists of live music, cooking demonstrations, eating competitions, funfair rides, and activities for children.

Ticket Prices:

  • adult £11.50
  • under 14s £5
  • under 5s FREE
  • discounts available for group bookings

Book your tickets on the Taste of the Caribbean UK website.

This event is subject to a licence being granted.

The Crawley Family Bike Ride - 9 June, Oriel High School, 10am

Travelling along the Worth Way at a comfortable talking pace on the shared-use former railway line to East Grinstead. With time to stretch your legs and some refreshments before heading back to the school around 3pm.

This Is My Theatre - The Wizard of Oz - 16 June, The Walled Garden, Tilgate Park at 3pm

“There’s no place like home!” 

When Dorothy Gale is carried from her home in Kansas by a cyclone she finds herself in the magical land of Oz. There she must journey to the Emerald City to meet with the great Wizard and, with the help of the friends she meets along the way, defeat the Wicked Witch of the West. Based on the original novel by L. Frank Baum, children and adults alike will love this ever-popular story reimagined for the stage.

Running time is 90 minutes.

This is an open-air show being performed in the Walled Garden. Please bring your own chair and remember – dogs are not permitted within the Walled Garden.

Ticket Prices:

  • Standard £15
  • Concession £10

Book now on This Is My Theatre website

Circus Zyair - 3 to 7 July, Goffs Park

Circus Zyair's brand new show for 2024 features over thirty adrenaline fuelled performers from all across the globe.  Fearless acrobats and daredevil stuntmen guarantee maximum thrills by risking life and limb daily for your entertainment.  The dazzling combination of high energy, jaw dropping talent and electric atmosphere promises a magical and unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Tickets cost from £6.00 (early bird special - book before 30 April). Book your tickets on the Circus Zyair website.

Summertime Live - 12 to 13 July, Goffs Park

Get ready for some of the biggest dance anthems of the past 30 years brought to life by a 32 piece orchestra with live vocalists and DJs.

Tickets cost from £32.50 (early bird special). Book your tickets on the Summertime Live website.

This event is subject to a licence being granted.

Race for Life (Cancer Research UK) - 20 July, Tilgate Park

You can take part in any Race for Life event as an individual or a group to raise money for life-saving research. Walk, jog or run together in a group, go solo at your own pace, or lead the way as a group leader and get family, friends and colleagues involved! However you choose to get muddy, you’re helping to beat cancer. 

Ticket prices:

  • adult (16+) £17.49
  • children £11.00
  • under 6s are free

Book tickets on the Race for Life website.

Hammond’s Funfair - 20 to 28 July, Southgate park

More information to follow

Crawley Pride - 17 August, Goffs Park

Crawley Pride was created as a way of bringing the LGBT+ community together in Crawley and the surrounding areas. This year's even it bringing famous LGBT+ acts mixed with amazing local artists, businesses, and people to celebrate the amazing diversity in our town.

Ticket prices:

  • adult (16+) £15
  • child (10-15) £7.50
  • concession £12
  • under 10s free

Book your tickets on the Crawley Pride website.