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Crawley’s Tilgate Nature Centre to reopen on Monday

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The animals are getting ready to welcome visitors back to Tilgate Nature Centre!

Crawley Borough Council’s hugely-popular visitor attraction – located in beautiful Tilgate Park and home to more than 100 different species – will reopen on Monday (20 July) to visitors with pre-purchased tickets only.

All entry tickets must be pre-purchased via the online booking system at tilgatenaturecentre.co.uk

Tickets will be available to buy online a week in advance. Entry tickets will be sold with a 30-minute period for entry; there is no limit on the length of visits.

A new pricing structure has been put in place for the reopening, which includes a discount for Crawley residents. The new prices, which are valid until 31 March 2021, are:

·       £5 for Crawley adults and £4 for Crawley children

·       £6 for non-Crawley adults and £5 for non-Crawley children

·       All under twos are free

·       Family tickets for two adults and two children have a discount – Crawley family £16, non-Crawley family £20

·       Free winter Wednesdays, from the first Wednesday after October half-term and the last Wednesday before February half-term, will now be free for Crawley residents only.

Crawley Borough Council will begin trialling annual family season passes from April 2021.

Pre-purchased tickets will allow the council to limit the number of people in the Nature Centre to ensure that social distancing guidance is complied with to keep staff, visitors and animals safe.

A one-way system, additional hand sanitisers and increased cleaning frequency will all be in place, along with the handwashing facilities near the entrance and exit.

The shop, Discovery Room, Americas and Madagascar houses are shut.

Walk up entry will not be permitted until further notice. The Crawley resident discount is applied on the online booking system based on the customer address provided – visitors will need a myCrawley account or sign up to one when booking.

When the walk up option becomes available, visitors will be asked to provide proof of residency at the point of purchase.

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing at Crawley Borough Council, said:

“Tilgate Nature Centre is a wonderful attraction for all the family so I’m delighted that we are now able to reopen it safely.

“Book now. I know the animals have missed you!”

For more details on the animals, a map and booking questions visit tilgatenaturecentre.co.uk For more information about Tilgate Park visit crawley.gov.uk/tilgatepark

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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