The Friends of Broadfield Park

About the Park - A little hidden treasure

Up until the mid 80s, Broadfield Park, Crawley, West Sussex was a splendid venue for picnics and a spot of fishing in the lake. The White House (as it was referred to in the 70s) was a grand building overlooking the flowered gardens. In later years (early 80s) it was the home of Radio Mercury.

Across the A23 from Tilgate Park, Broadfield Park is set in the grounds of Broadfield House, a Grade II Listed Building dating back to 1830. The parkland around the house comprises an attractive mix of landscaped lawns and a variety of ponds and meadows.

Broadfield Park is part of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, operated by Fields in Trust, a campaign to protect outdoor recreational spaces in communities all across the country as a permanent living legacy of The Queens Diamond Jubilee. Six outdoor spaces in Crawley were chosen to become part of the scheme, one for each decade of the Queens reign.

Whats there ?

  • Lakes
  • Woodland
  • Lawns
  • Parkland
  • Nature Trails
  • Free Parking

The site includes a small stream which spreads to form a series of shallow pools. Further downstream the valley has been dammed to form a small lake. Broadfield Park is managed as a Nature Reserve. A marked nature trail leads from the lawns past the ponds along a boardwalk and through the woodland. The Greenway follows this route.

Where is it ?

Click here to view the area using Google Maps. (opens new window)

How do I get there ?

  • The park can be accessed either via the A23 (opposite the K2 Leisure Centre), or on foot via Vulcan Close
  • There are also footpaths directly into the park from Woodmans Hill
  • Nearest Bus Stop : Numbers 271, 273 & 773 (Broadfield Park stop), or number 2 stops in the K2 car park
  • The Park, now a nature reserve, is accessible from the adjacent Broadfield House car park. The Park is rather undulating with few proper pathways, mainly grass areas. The path around the lake is not suitable of wheelchair access.

Please note . . . .

  • We welcome dogs, but please ensure you clear up after your pet responsibly
  • Camping is not permitted
  • Fires are not permitted
  • Quad bikes and other types of motorcycle are not permitted anywhere in the park
  • For wildfowl in distress (injured, caught in fishing line etc) you need to report this to the Tilgate RSPCA on 0300 123 4999 giving as much detail as possible. Or try the Swan Sanctuary 07712 753919. The council Parks Dept don't deal with these incidents. Thank you.

Fishing . . . .

West Sussex & Surrey Angling Academy has been granted a licence for fishing rights at Broadfield Park lake. The licence allows fishing from authorised sections of the lake between 7.30am until sunset and night fishing from 9pm or dusk until 8am the following day. Fees for fishing apply, see the lakeside signs for current rates (subject to revision). We are working closely with the West Sussex & Surrey Angling Academy who are also using the lake for their work with children.

Luke Rapson is the fishing baliff at Broadfield Lake, he can deal with any queries regarding fishing in the Lake. Luke can be contacted via our Facebook page.

And finally . . . .

  • Respect the surroundings and consider others
  • Do not drop litter, use the bins or better still take it home
  • Thank you - enjoy the park and leave only footprints.
  • And if you want to help - please come to one of our Work Groups or contact us. Thanks.
  • We would always urge anyone who sees any undesirable activity going on in the park to contact one or the other of these services.
    CBC Community Wardens : (7.30am to 10pm) 07884 492324
    Police non emergency number : 101, more details here.

See more pictures in our Photo Gallery. If you have any information or pictures (old or new) about the park or house, that you would be willing to share on this website, then please contact us. Thanks.