Children get the chance to be zoo keepers at park

Kids can become mini meerkat keepers this Easter thanks to three furry new arrivals at Tilgate Park.

Three meerkats will move into the nature centre, in Tilgate Drive, on Good Friday (March 29).

‘Meet the Meerkat’ and ‘Pamper a Pony’ experiences will be available at the park throughout the Easter holidays.

These interactive experiences will allow individuals or small groups of children to become nature centre keepers for an hour for £40 per head.

A member of staff will help the ‘keepers’ feed and get close to the friendly creatures.

A new gift shop and the newly refurbished toilet block and Walled Garden Café will be open throughout the holidays.

Cllr Duncan Crow (Con, Furnace Green), cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “Tilgate Park is Crawley’s jewel in the crown and it’s getting better and better. The new animals in the Nature Centre are certain to entertain visitors while new attractions like Go Ape provide an even wider range of activities to try out.”

Under 16-year-olds who take part in animal experiences must be accompanied by an adult.