West Sussex, Crawley, Tilgate Park Foraging Courses

AVAILABILITY & BOOKING



Available Dates Available Spaces Time Location
Saturday 1st Jun 2024 Spaces: 8 12:00pm to 15:30pm (Approx End) Smith and Western Click here for details and to book
Saturday 15th Jun 2024 Spaces: 9 12:00pm to 15:30pm (Approx End) Smith and Western Click here for details and to book
Saturday 20th Jul 2024 Spaces: 16 12:00pm to 15:30pm (Approx End) Smith and Western Click here for details and to book
Saturday 10th Aug 2024 Spaces: 16 12:00pm to 15:30pm (Approx End) Smith and Western Click here for details and to book
Wednesday 28th Aug 2024 Spaces: 16 12:00pm to 15:30pm (Approx End) Smith and Western Click here for details and to book
Sunday 15th Sep 2024 Spaces: 16 12:00pm to 15:30pm (Approx End) Smith and Western Click here for details and to book
Saturday 12th Oct 2024 Spaces: 16 12:00pm to 15:30pm (Approx End) Smith and Western Click here for details and to book
Sunday 10th Nov 2024 Spaces: 16 12:00pm to 15:30pm (Approx End) Smith and Western Click here for details and to book


ABOUT THE COURSE

This large West Sussex park’s mixture of broad-leaved woodland, heathland and lakes, make it the perfect place for a diverse range of wild foods to flourish all year round. There is a large mix of interesting trees such as 7 national champion trees and 10 different species of oak; including an Old English Oak, believed to be around 250 years old!  Located just off the A23 on the outskirts of Crawley, Tilgate Park can be easily reached from East Grinstead, Horsham, Reigate, Brighton, Croydon and even Guildford.

Our courses begin with a short introduction to Wild Food UK, what to expect from your day and a brief of the general countryside codes, including our Foraging Code.

Heading off at a leisurely pace around the grounds, your instructor will teach you how to safely identify the different species of edible and poisonous plants and mushrooms that you discover.

This exploration will take about 2.5hrs, during which we’ll take a break for a homemade refreshment, such as our warming Hogweed & Wild Garlic soup or Elderflower Champagne!

After the walk we will end the day with a tasty Wild Food meal. This will include a selection of foraged homemade treats created by your instructor, and a dish made with what we have collected during the walk.
All of our food is seasonal, so what you are served depends on what is growing at that time of year. In Spring we will be making use of the fresh wild greens and in Autumn, the array of tasty wild mushrooms that the area has to offer.

You will receive a comprehensive set of Wild Food UK ‘course notes’ a few days after your course. This email will contain links and articles relating to the plants and mushrooms we discovered, or discussed during the day.

Please note that all parking at Tilgate Park is restricted to a maximum height of 2.1 metres. If your vehicle is taller you may find parking in the residential area along Titmus Drive a short walk from the meeting point.





COURSE LOCATION

Smith and Western
Tilgate Drive
Crawley
West Sussex
RH10 5PQ



WHERE TO MEET

On the grass outside the Smith and Western.

Please note that all parking at Tilgate Park is restricted to a maximum height of 2.1 metres. If your vehicle is taller you may find parking in the residential area along Titmus Drive a short walk from the meeting point.

There are buses from Crawley Bus Station, on route 2. This terminates at the main car park on weekends only. On weekdays, it terminates at K2 and the best access is walking from the stop at Tilgate shops which is around a ten minute walk away from the park.