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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!



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 and

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 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 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

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 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 and


Now’s the time to apply to for your child’s secondary school place in Crawley

Families with children due to start secondary school in September 2020 can now apply for places online.



Applications will be open until Thursday 31 October 2019.

Parents should apply for their child’s secondary school place by the deadline. Applying after the deadline will seriously affect the chances of your child being offered one of your preferred schools.

The quickest and easiest way to get information and apply is online: but those unable to apply online can request a form by calling 03330 142903.

The secondary school application online process is quick and simple, and an automatic email will acknowledge that the application has been received. Free use of computers with internet access is available in all West Sussex libraries.

Tips to remember when applying for secondary school applications: 

  • Parents are encouraged to apply for up to three schools and must list them in order of preference.
  • A child is not guaranteed a place at a school just because they are in the catchment area. Parents will need to select the catchment school as part of their application for it to be considered.
  • Those who miss the deadline for applications must still submit an application form, as a child will not automatically be allocated a school.

Richard Burrett, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said:

“This is an important step for children and their families, and we want to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible. I would encourage all parents to submit their applications on time to give us the best opportunity to meet your preferences for your children. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions Team.”

Primary or junior school applications

Applications for children due to start primary or junior school in September 2020 open on Monday 7 October and close on Wednesday 15 January 2020, more details to follow.

West Sussex County Council staff are available to advise parents on the admissions process. Parents can telephone 03330 142903 or email the Admissions Team North at or the Admissions Team South at  

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