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Tilgate Park

Titmus Drive, Tilgate, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 5PQ

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About this venue

Tilgate Park has so much to offer from stunning lakes, lawns and gardens to miles of woodland and bridleways for long leisurely walks. As well as all this Tilgate Park also boasts Tilgate Nature Centre and excellent activities and attractions .

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Introduction

  • Comments
    • The park is open 24 hours a day, however the Nature Centre and Walled Garden are open from 10.00 to 18.00 in the summer (April-October) and 10.00 to 16.00 in the winter (November-March).

Location

  • The venue is in a pedestrian area.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Crawley.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located in the middle of the park.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 9 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 320cm x 480cm (10ft 6in x 15ft 9in).
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height is 210cm (6ft 11in).
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Pease Pottage Hill Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Pease Pottage Hill.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 750cm (24ft 7in).

Level Change (Pease Pottage Hill Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.

Outside Access (Titmus Drive Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Titmus Drive.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 600cm (19ft 8in).

Level Change (Titmus Drive Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.

Outside Access (Walled Garden Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the walled garden, to the rear of the park.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 190cm (6ft 3in).

Outside Access (Walled Garden Cafe Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • There is a small raised threshold in the doorway.
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a small raised threshold in the doorway.
  • Comments
    • The second door leads out to the side patio of the cafe.
    • There is a slight slope just beyond the door.
    • The outside seating area is paved and uneven. Assistance maybe required.

Eating and Drinking (Walled Garden Cafe)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • The cafe is located within the walled garden area.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the cafe entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are hand held only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • Comments
    • Summer opening times:
    • 10:30 – 16:30 (Monday – Friday).
    • 10:30 – 17:00 (Weekends and Bank Holidays).
    • Winter opening hours:
    • 11:30 – 14:45 (Monday – Friday).
    • 10:00 – 15:30 (Weekends and Bank Holidays).
    • Please note - only assistance dogs are welcome within the Walled Garden.

Parks and Gardens

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have compact earth, loose wood chippings, tarmac and muddy surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are easy, moderate and steep slopes on the paths.
  • There are bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.
  • Comments
    • The steep slope leads to the walled gardens.
    • Blue Badge holders can park by the nature centre giving access to the walled gardens.

Information Points

  • The information point is located to the rear of the toilet block within the car park.
  • There is a map of the park with all the facilities marked on it.
  • There are directional sign posts located throughout the park and gardens.

Park Activies

  • The children's play area is within a secured fenced area.
  • The light weight gate is 90cm wide and opens towards you.
  • The adventure play equipment is for children of all ages.
  • Tilgate Park Outdoor Gym is similar to a conventional indoor gym but the equipment has been specially designed for use outdoors. It is free to use, accessible in all weather conditions and suitable for varying fitness levels.
  • Lakes and fishing activities, including fishing and boating in Tilgate Park, are managed by Dynamic Adventures.
  • To contact them please telephone: 01293 552 222.

Accessible Toilet (Toilet Block)

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the nearest Blue Badge bay.
    • This accessible toilet is located within the main car park.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from the park office.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 158cm x 267cm (5ft 2in x 8ft 9in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and clinical waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 86cm (2ft 10in).

Accessible Toilet (Walled Gardens)

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 19m (20yd 2ft) from the walled garden entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right of the walled garden cafe.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 250cm x 190cm (8ft 2in x 6ft 3in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 130cm (4ft 3in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary, non-infectious waste and clinical waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 80cm (2ft 7in).

Standard Toilet(s) (Walled Garden)

Level Change (Toilet Block)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located to the right as you face the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the left as you face the entrance.
  • There is/are 4 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located within the woods by the lake.