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Top 4 things to do with the Kids in Crawley!

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A summer holiday is the one thing many families look forward to each year. Being able to spend uninterrupted time with the ones you love, and creating memories to last a lifetime, what could be better? However, there are more and more Brits opting for staycations over foreign holidays this year due to political uncertainties. With this in mind, we’ve picked out the top 4 things you can do near our Gatwick airport hotel.


Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington is the ultimate family day out, and only half an hour drive from our hotel near Gatwick airport! With something to suit everyone, the young ones will love ‘The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure’ or ‘Room on the Broom’, with the older ones enjoying rides like ‘Vampire’ and ‘Scorpion Express’. What’s more, Chessington also has an on-site safari park, as well as a Sea Life centre, so you can really make a day of this! It’s best to book tickets in advance for this fun-filled day.


Chessington World of Adventures

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Fishers Adventure Farm Park

Head across to Billinghurst, just half an hour from our Crawley hotel and you’ll arrive at Fishers Adventure Farm Park. Open all year round this family-run park offers a huge selection of indoor and outdoor soft play area’s for kids of all ages, as well as pony rides and animal handling. Can you handle the exhilaration of Sky Fall? This 4m or 6m high jump (dependent on age) sees you free fall from a ledge, onto an inflatable landing pad. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted! Tickets can be booked here. Fishers Adventure Farm Park is open come rain or shine, waterproof clothing is advised if it’s raining!


Fishers Adventure Farm Park

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Dish Ceramics Studio

Sometimes in life, you just need 5 minutes of peace from the hustle and bustle of the everyday. Located close to our budget Gatwick hotel, is Dish Ceramics studio, the perfect place to relax…even with kids! Let them show off their artistic skills with a trip here, where their inner Van Gogh will shine through. Prices vary dependent on the item chosen to paint, and there is a fixed studio fee of £4.50 to cover things like paints and glazing. Dish Ceramics Studio is perfect on rainy days, or days when you just feel like the kids need to chill out for a couple of hours. Booking is recommended, as it can get busy during holiday times and at weekends.


Dish Ceramics Studio

(Photo Credit: Dish Ceramics Studio, Facebook)


Hobbledown Adventure Farm

If your kids love climbing, exploring and have a larger than life imagination then Hobbledown Adventure Farm will be perfect for them. Located just a short drive from our Crawley hotel, this is a great family day out. Based on the magical fantasy book of the same name, Hobbledown is a farm park adventure full of adorable animals and crazy characters. Let your kids climb and explore at their heart's content in the Hobbledown village, or perhaps a visit to the Raptor centre where you can meet Indian Owls and Bald Eagles is something they will enjoy. Whatever it is that your kids enjoy, Hobbledown is sure to let you and your family creating lasting memories! Tickets can be booked here.


Hobbledown Adventure Park

(Photo Credit: Hobbledown Adventure Farm, 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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