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Get ready for an event packed June across Crawley!

Crawley is hosting a wide variety of fantastic events for all the family this month – there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone!

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Kicking off the event extravaganza is the annual dog show, Bark in the Park, hosted in Tilgate Park’s Walled Garden. The pawsome event takes place on Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June from 10am-6pm.

Starting on Saturday 15 June, Crawley Festival takes over the rest of the month with a collection of events to enjoy.

There will be a variety of leisure activities, live music, community projects and entertainment designed to celebrate Crawley’s wealth of talent and community pride.

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing, said:

“There is an extremely exciting summer of events coming up just for you! I encourage everyone to take part in the fun and make lasting memories with your friends and family.”

You can find the full schedule of the Crawley Festival on crawley.gov.uk/events and crawleyfestival.com

Here is a flavour of the events taking place from 15 June to 6 July in various locations around Crawley:

Saturday 15 June, 11am-4pm – Everyone Active’s Fun Day, Memorial Gardens

A free programme of activities that include mini athletics, netball, badminton, beat the goalie, cricket, DJ workshops and face painting.

Wednesday 19 June, from 7pm – Community show “Mind the Gap”, The Hawth Studio

Join performers from across Crawley for a trip to the other London Underground as they show the real reason you should “mind the gap”. Tickets available at hawth.co.uk or 01293 553636.

Friday 21 June, from 7pm – Romeo and Juliet, Hawth Amphitheatre

This is my Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s most famous love story with modern characterisation, choral song and physical acting techniques. Tickets available at hawth.co.uk or 01293 553636.

Saturday 22 June, 12 noon-5pm – Mainstage and Cultural Kitchen, Memorial Gardens

Free music and dance programme, workshops, stalls, street theatre, children’s rides and the Cultural Kitchen. A great family-friendly celebration of diversity in Crawley.

Saturday 23 June, 2-5pm – Afternoon Tea at the Bandstand, Memorial Gardens

Enjoy one of Britain’s most quintessential traditions, an afternoon tea with entertainment, hot drinks and cupcakes for sale in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice.

Monday 24 June-Friday 28 June, 10am-8pm – Bandstand week, Memorial Gardens

A fun-filled week of activities for all with wellness sessions, music, dance, theatre, children’s entertainment and more.

Start the week with a Zumba session at 10am followed by boot camp at 12 noon and The Hawth Youth Theatre’s performance at 4pm.

Don’t miss Tomfoolery’s magic and silliness show on Tuesday 25 June at 4pm and 5pm,  music and dance on Wednesday 26 June from 1.30pm, an afternoon of folk and folk-rock on Thursday 27 June from 1pm and the grand finale on Friday 28 June with a musical playground and children’s entertainment and activities from 12 noon.

See the full schedule on crawley.gov.uk/events

Monday 24 June-Friday 28 June, from 12 noon – Lunchtime concerts, St John’s Church

Brenda Michael sings songs from years gone on Monday, Harpist Margaret Watson plays on Tuesday, pupils from St Francis of Assisi School sing on Wednesday, West Sussex Music Service perform on Thursday and Silver Birch Singers on Friday.

Wednesday 26 June, from 7.30pm – Quiz night, The White Hart

Brush up your general knowledge and Crawley trivia for the annual quiz. Entry costs £5 per person with all proceeds going to charity.

Saturday 29 June, 10am-2pm – Armed Forces Day, Memorial Gardens

This year’s event will focus on the D-Day landings that took place 75 years ago. There will be an arts and crafts workshop, a programme of musical acts performed on the bandstand, stalls from military organisations and the 4th Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment will also be running activities and displaying equipment.


Saturday 29 June, 5.30-10pm – Battle of the Bands, The Hawth

Local bands will compete in front of a live audience on The Hawth’s main stage to win the title of Battle of the Bands Champion 2019. Winners will perform the following day at High Street Live. Tickets available at hawth.co.uk or 01293 553636.


Sunday 30 June, 2-9.30pm – High Street Live, Historic High Street

Live music throughout the afternoon and into the evening, performed on two stages. Enjoy the great atmosphere and plenty of free, musical entertainment from local bands and solo artists.

Saturday 6 July, from 6.30pm – Stars, Stripes and Union Jacks, St Wilfrid’s School

A picnic concert from The Phoenix Choir with music by Bernstein, Whitacre, Elgar and Parry. Tickets available from The Music Company, Northgate Parade or on 01293 515287.

For more information visit crawley.gov.uk/events and crawleyfestival.com

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Council offers four new apprenticeships

Kick-start your career and make a positive difference to our community, is the message coming from Crawley Borough Council

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The council has four exciting roles available:

  • Worth Park Horticultural Apprentice
  • Communications Apprentice
  • Apprentice Building Maintenance Surveyor
  • Apprentice Specialist Fitter (Vehicle, Plant and Equipment).

Our apprenticeship opportunities aim to help talented people take their first steps in specialist areas while gaining local government experience.

If you’re passionate about helping others and making a difference to Crawley’s residents and the local environment, an apprenticeship with the council could be perfect for you!

The full-time 18-month Horticultural Apprentice role is a unique opportunity based at Worth Park; it’ll combine your passion for sustainable horticulture, hands-on outdoor tasks and a thirst for learning new things.

If you enjoy writing and have a keen interest in the media, Communications Apprentice might be the role for you! During the 18-month programme you’ll write press releases, schedule social media posts, work with local and regional press and so much more.

The Building Maintenance Surveyor vacancy is a two-year apprenticeship with Crawley Homes. You’ll work alongside experienced surveyors and get hands-on experience as a valued member of the Responsive Repairs and Planned Maintenance Teams.

Learn how to service and repair a wide range of vehicles, plant machinery and mechanical equipment with the Specialist Fitter apprenticeship. For three years, you’ll be part of our experienced Vehicle Workshop Team based in County Oak.

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “As a council, we’re committed to offering these opportunities to young people and those looking to start a new career.

“With our apprenticeships, you can be earning a competitive salary while gaining invaluable work experience and a transferable qualification – there are no drawbacks!”

All vacancies close on Sunday 21 July and offer a starting salary of £12,042.

Find out more about our apprenticeships and register for vacancy alerts at crawley.gov.uk/apprenticeships

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