Activities and attractions
The Walled Garden
The Walled Garden situated in the heart of Tilgate Park and once formed part of the historic Tilgate Estate. The Walled Garden has enjoyed a rich history from a kitchen garden for the gentry, a horticulture research station and now, a garden for everyone to enjoy.
Walled Garden Cafe and picnic area
The Walled Garden café serves snacks, ice creams, sandwiches, baguettes and drinks as well as having an outside patio area.
Summer opening hours:
Winter opening hours:
Dogs are excluded from the Walled Garden.
Within the Walled Garden is a fun maze with a lookout tower in the centre. The route from the entrance to the base of the tower is 135 metres. The maze is free to enter and is open to anyone.
The Walled Garden is home to some stunning examples of different types of gardens and planting including a family garden, wildlife garden, formal garden, allotment garden, society garden, outreach garden, rockeries, herb garden and a rose garden.
Next to the Nature Centre and Walled Garden Café are eight craft studios. Local artists, craftspeople and wellbeing practitioners are based there. These include a photographer, pewter jewellery maker and mosaic craftsman as well as:
- Clarabeau – a decorative art studio that specialises in teaching specialist skills
- Gatwick Greenspace Partnership – Runs lots of fun outdoor wildlife activities for children and young people
- Sew'n'beads – Specialising in all types of sewing classes and workshops