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Things to do this summer in Gatwick

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With summer fast approaching, Gatwick might not be your first port of call for a summer getaway! The location ‘Gatwick’ instantly brings thoughts of the airport, but don’t be put off. Our Crawley hotel is surprisingly close to places like Brighton, and with an abundance of things to do, you definitely won’t be stuck for things to do! So whether you’re bringing the kids, or coming for a weekend away with your partner, we’ve picked out something for everyone! Read on to find out more…


An Evening of Marvin Gaye

On Saturday 15th June prepare to be serenaded to the dulcet tones of Wayne Hernandez, singing songs by the legendary Marvin Gaye! Wayne takes you back through some of Marvin’s best hits including ‘How sweet it is (to be loved by you)’ and ‘Let’s get it on’. You may also recognise Wayne from ‘The Kingdom Choir’ who performed at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding last year! The concert takes place at The Capitol Horsham, which is only a 20-minute drive from our Gatwick airport hotel! Tickets can be bought here for a night not to be missed!


Marvin Gaye Tribute Act

(Photo Credit: The Capitol, website)


Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom

Perfect for the little ones in your life, this 90-minute show brings to life the much-loved animated TV series to the stage! As a young Fairy Princess, Holly is still learning how to fly, but magic doesn’t always go to plan! Ben the Elf, Holly’s best friend, can’t fly and can’t do magic but along with his sidekick Gaston the Ladybird, he flies on the back of him. Living in the Little Kingdom, every day is an adventure in a tiny land where flowers and grass rise high above them. Join Ben, Holly and their friends on a magical and exciting musical adventure, packed full of games, laughter and lots of songs! Book your tickets here. The Hawth theatre is only an 8-minute walk from our Gatwick airport B&B.


Ben and Holly

(Photo Credit: The Horsham, Website)

Sussex Gin and Food Fest

Leave the kids with the Grandparents for the weekend, and take a trip to Sussex Gin and Food Fest - we can’t think of a better combination! Head to Borde Hill Gardens just 20 minutes from our budget hotel near Gatwick airport, where you can indulge in locally distilled gins, artisan hot and cold food stalls, as well as gin demonstrations and live entertainment on the main stage. This festival will predominantly be serving up local Sussex produce, however, they will also feature small batch guest gins from neighbouring counties. Plus, you will have the opportunity to try some Sussex Fizz  - definitely not to be missed!


Sussex Gin and Food Fest

(Photo Credit: Sussex Gin Fest, Facebook)


Wiggly Weekend

Get up close and personal with some fantastic creepy crawlies, reptiles and amphibians from around the world when you head to Fishers Farm Adventure Park! This is a firm family favourite amongst guests that have visited, encompassing a weekend full of fun, entertainment and hands-on encounters. But don’t worry you won’t be alone with them! Fishers Farm Adventure Park has their very own expert, Nicky, who will be able to share with you her passion for these wonderful creatures. She will be able to show you creatures from snakes and tarantulas to lizards, geckos and cockroaches! It’s definitely not one for the squeamish, but if there are frightened ones amongst your group, the adventure park has plenty more fun and friendly activities to take part in! Book your tickets for the Wiggly Weekend here.


Wriggly Weekend

(Photo Credit: Fishers Farm Adventure Park, Facebook)


Holiday Inn Express Gatwick – Crawley is near to Gatwick Airport and offers a smart, affordable hotel in Crawley, sure to give you a great night’s sleep. Contact the hotel team now to check availability or call 01293 525 523.

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Holiday Inn Express Gatwick Crawley Reviews



Absolutely fantastic hotel... Booked it as a package, a very economical package with Purple Parking via Holiday Extras on our way to California via Gatwick Airport. One of the cleanest, hassle free hotels I have ever stayed in and I completely, 100% will recommend them to anyone travelling via Gatwick and will certainly use this hotel again myself. Breakfast was awesome, just what we needed to set us up for our 10 hour flight.



Very comfortable stay. Breakfast very good and staff very attentive. Easy to find and great value for money. Very welcoming and nice quiet hotel. Staff great could not fault anything. Nice and handy for Gatwick.



We stayed here before our flight to Crete and got a Hotel & Parking package. It was easy to find, the staff were very efficient & friendly and we had a ground floor room, which was lovely & clean. Overall a nice relaxing stay before our trip, we would definitely stay again.



This hotel was lovely and had a lovely vibe as lots of the holiday customers were excited . The hotel staff were very chatty and friendly. We arrived at the hotel too late for food but were told we could get sandwiches made up. However, we were shattered so we didn't bother taking up this generous offer. Our room was lovely and had complementary free WiFi so the kids were happy. We left our car at the hotel for a week which was secure and looked after. When we returned at 2am the following week, the staff were just as lovely and helpful. We were very happy with the service and we look forward to doing it all again next year.



Just stayed in the Holiday Inn Express at Crawley before flying out of Gatwick Airport. We booked our stay via APH car parks. We had a really good stay and the hotel had nice, clean and modern rooms with a good comfy bed. We had the added bonus of a breakfast included & check in was nice and simple with overnight parking. Well worth it to be nice and fresh for the airport.


Buckie, Scotland

Stayed at Holiday Inn Express Crawley for 3 nights during an in-between London/Brighton break. The breakfast was good and had a variety of foods on offer. The hotel was very clean as were the bathroom/bedrooms!


Amsterdam, Netherlands

The hotel, the breakfast, the rooms, staff are great! Hotel is located near the centre of Crawley and offers various services! We were here with a large group and the service were great! Breakfast was fine and offered several things!



We stayed at Holiday Inn Express Crawley and paid for the Stay & Park package as we had an early flight the next day. I have stayed here on business before, however I forgot how good it was. Quick check in and everything was clean. We had dinner at the bar and the food was excellent, I could not fault a thing. Worth every penny!



We originally booked for one night but decided to extend our stay for another night. The staff were extremely helpful and only charged us the same rate for the second night as the first. The Hotel reception and lounge (where breakfast is) is lovely and modern. The rooms are clean and well designed and we couldn't hear any noise from the airport or roads. Breakfast was good and it wasn't too busy. Overall a nice hotel that's good value for money.


Cardiff, Wales

We picked this hotel again to park the car during our holiday and stay overnight when we got back as our flight did not arrive until early morning. 1st class service, excellent value and very helpful staff. Would highly recommend this hotel.

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