Crawley provides a wealth of leisure and cultural facilities for residents and the local workforce as well as its neighbouring towns and villages.

Crawley is tough to beat when it comes to deciding how to spend your free time.

Crawley in numbers

Sports and recreation

  • K2 Crawley is a state-of-the-art leisure centre offering an Olympic-size pool and facilities for more than 40 sports - it even played host to Olympic and Paralympic squads for their pre-Games training in 2012
  • Nearby, League Two Crawley Town gives the town its own professional football club
  • The historic high street, with buildings dating back to circa 1300, offers a great range of restaurants, bars and pubs
  • Crawley Leisure Park features a 15-screen cinema including IMAX, 26-lane bowling alley, health club and more eateries

Arts and culture

  • The Hawth Theatre has one of the liveliest and most diverse programmes in the south east. With a wide range of performance spaces, it offers a huge variety of entertainment from West End shows to comedy nights and outdoor festivals.
  • There’s also a Curzon art-house cinema which can be hired out.
  • A new museum, housed in the town centre's oldest building, The Tree, showcases the town’s roots and history.
  • The library and cultural centre is a landmark in building design, the most sustainable in West Sussex.

Parks and open spaces

  • Tilgate Park is a national attraction with acres of woodland and lakes while also being home to a nature centre, with a diverse variety of animals, Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, golf course, boating and cycling hire, cafe and a Smith and Western restaurant
  • Other parks include Goffs, with its 18-hole pitch and putt, play facilities and miniature railway, the Memorial Gardens, offering some respite from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, and the dog walking haven of the beautiful and wild Buchan Park