Crawley Play Service

COVID-19 play area closures

Our adventure playgrounds are still closed.

Most outdoor play areas have reopened except:

  • Tilgate Park
  • Memorial Gardens
  • Ninfield Court, Bewbush
  • One of the two at Southgate Playing Fields
  • Chichester Close, Tilgate

Our aim is to promote play and provide for the play needs of children in Crawley. We do this by creating safe environments for children to meet, play and learn.

We have four adventure playgrounds in the borough, they are located at Cherry Lane, Creasys Drive, Millpond and Waterlea.

They are managed and supervised by a team of qualified play staff and provide a secure and stimulating environment for all children, including those with special needs and disabilities.

The playgrounds are run as open access facilities, children can come and go as they wish.

What we offer

Open access play

Open access to our adventure playgrounds after school and during the school holidays for children aged six to 18-years old. Children under six are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

During term time, the playgrounds are open to all from Tuesday to Thursday, 3-7.30pm. Waterlea is closed on Wednesdays. In the school holidays, they are open from Monday to Friday, 10.30am-4pm. 

Entry to the playgrounds is free; if you want to show your appreciation for the fantastic facilities we do accept donations on site. Donations are fed back into the service.

Holiday childcare

During the school holidays we have OFSTED registered Holiday Childcare available at Waterlea Adventure Playground. Please contact Waterlea on 01293 530035 to book your place. Read our information pack which includes cost of childcare.

Holiday childcare is available during school holidays, including half term, from Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), between 8.30am and 5.30pm.

Children’s parties

Our four adventure playgrounds are available to hire every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. Ideal for birthday parties, family gatherings and school events, you can invite up to 100 guests for a two-hour party.

To book one of the adventure playgrounds, complete the booking form and return it to your chosen playground, with full payment.

Unsupervised play areas

Exciting unsupervised play areas can be found across Crawley. They offer families access to an informal play area with challenging and stimulating play opportunities. Play areas cater for toddlers, school age children and young people in defined activity areas.

How we work

Children and young people can enjoy the freedom to play, making choices and maybe even take a risk or two in the safety of the playground.

We have qualified play staff on site who encourage children to get the best out of their visit. We plan our work around our observations and feedback from children and young people. We do not tolerate any form of aggressive or violent behaviour towards our staff.

The playgrounds are supported by local people and others. People volunteer in many ways, from donations of paint, wood and old shop fittings to helping with the tuck shop, activities and events. We always need pens, paper, big cardboard boxes, dressing up clothes, old blankets and duvet covers.

For more information about how to get involved talk to our playworkers at any site or you can email the Play Service.