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Two new cafés open across Crawley



In a sign of new investment for the town Crawley Council has announced the opening of two new cafés.

The first is a very unique mobile Horsebox takeaway that is being trialled at Worth Park and will be open from the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The takeaway venue has been created and converted from an old horsebox into a new and convenient place to buy food and drinks. It will be open seven days a week from 10am-6pm.

The mobile unit is located at the eastern entrance of Worth Park, close to Milton Mount Community Centre.

Redjotter Ltd will be running the new café, which will be offering a range of good quality food and hot and cold drinks, taking away the need of  organising a picnic and encouraging visitors to the park. 

The horsebox café will have a focus on zero waste, sustainability and community engagement, which fits perfectly with the council’s support of Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Please be kind to our local parks’ campaign. Worth Park has formal gardens, a Victorian fountain, an Arboretum, a lake that is surrounded with various types of trees and wild flowers, a meadow for bio-diversity, croquet lawns and a tennis court.

Cabinet member for Wellbeing, Councillor Chris Mullins, said:

“The new horsebox café at Worth Park is a great idea and will give the visitors of the park a place to relax and enjoy some food or drink. The operator’s aim to improve the environment and engage with visitors is even more reason to celebrate their arrival at one of our wonderful parks.”

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The second is a new lakeside café that is being trialled at Tilgate Park and will be open in time for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The café will be located beside Tilgate Lake at the eastern corner of the dam wall, near to Fisherman’s car park. The lakeside café will be open seven days a week from 10am-6pm.

The new lakeside café is operated by a mobile concessions company called Dooshy’s.

The new café will be serving a range of hot and cold food catering for a range of dietary requirements including vegan and vegetarian customers from only £4.50 per meal.

Cabinet member for Wellbeing, Councillor Chris Mullins, said:

“This new café is a great new feature for Tilgate Park as well as being a bonus for its visitors, offering great food and drinks.

“I hope the café’s trial is successful in adding an extra service that attracts visitors and makes their experience at the park even more enjoyable.”  

Tilgate Park is set in 400 acres; its natural landscape boasts woodland, lakes, gardens and lawns. There is also plenty for visitors to enjoy including Tilgate Nature Centre, Go Ape, Tilgate Forest Golf Centre, the Walled Garden Café, Smith and Western restaurant, events in the arena, lake activities with Tilgate Park Watersports Centre and Tilgate Park Fisheries.

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



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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