Take time out from travelling and meetings with a visit to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The double-moated castle is more than 700 years old, and contains lavish furniture, tapestries and Tudor paintings. The castle grounds have manicured gardens and sculptures. Wander the water maze and the 100-year-old yew maze, or try boating on the Hever lake.
Whether you're travelling with your family or looking for a fun team-bonding activity in West Sussex, the Go Ape! treetop adventure playground is for you. Set in Tilgate Park, a 10-minute drive from the hotel, Go Ape! features zip wires, swings and bridges. Take a break in the Walled Garden café or picnic by the lake, which also offers fishing and boating.
It's easy to travel to central London from the Crowne Plaza® London - Gatwick Airport hotel. The fast, frequent Gatwick Express train runs from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria station in 30 minutes. Alternatively, catch a regular train from Three Bridges station and you'll be in London within 45 minutes. Trains also run from Three Bridges to Brighton and other popular destinations in Sussex.
For an action-packed day out – with colleagues or kids – head to Lets Race, 10 minutes' drive from the hotel. Test out your car-racing skills on the full-motion driving experience simulators, with vehicles including Formula 1 cars, Renaults and Porsches. The experience includes surround sound and a range of circuits, from beginner to advanced. You can take a break at the motorsports-themed bar.
Kids in tow? Tulleys Farm, 10 minutes' drive from the hotel, runs seasonal family events including egg hunts over Easter, a Maize Maze in summer or sleigh rides in winter. Year-round, you can stop for a sandwich, coffee or cake at Tulleys Tea Room, housed in a converted stable. Right next door, the kids can visit guinea pigs, farm animals and birds at the Animal Patch.
Turners Hill Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 4PE
Tulleys is a third-generation family farm, run by the Beare family. Our pledge to you ... Through learning from experience, using traditional values, being consistent and good humoured, we will:- provide an unrivalled farm shopping experience make the best scones in the country support our local farmers and producers entertain your family create great memories keep this little part of Sussex beautiful plant trees ...... we like trees!