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A peaceful village on the edge of Gatwick

A short ride from the airport, this West Sussex village is the ideal stopover for pre-holiday stays. Why not explore the local area before you jet off? From parks and wildlife havens to top sports action, there's plenty to see and do, while great transport links mean London and Brighton are within easy reach.

Go Ape in Tilgate Park

With picturesque lakes, open lawns and colourful gardens, this vast park is a lovely place to spend time relaxing or getting active. The miles of woodlands and bridleways make it ideal for hiking and horse riding. You can also see otters, mongooses, parrots and chameleons at Tilgate Nature Centre, or tackle zip wires and Tarzan swings at Go Ape!

Meet red squirrels at The British Wildlife Centre

The British Wildlife Centre is home to foxes, Scottish wildcats, hedgehogs, red deer, otters and red squirrels. Talks by the keepers take place every half hour, giving you the chance to learn more about the resident creatures. To see animals in a completely different environment, why not enjoy a thrilling day at the races at Nearby Lingfield Park? Looking for accommodation in Copthorne? Both Travelodge Gatwick Airport Central Hotel and Travelodge Crawley Hotel are handily placed for the village and Nearby attractions.