The Level: Enjoy the park and get involved
This page gives up to date information about activities, volunteering and community events you can get involved in at The Level. For general information about the restored park, including its facilities, see The Level page.
Latest news and updates
- The Book Club starts again on Wednesday 17 January, with future meetings on Wednesdays 21 February, 21 March and 18 April 2018. New members welcome. More information on The Level Bookclub website
- The Garden Club starts again on Thursday 8 February 2018. New members welcome. Please contact email@example.com if you're interested in joining.
- TakePart 2018 launch takes place on Saturday 23 June at The Level. If you're interested in being part of this popular sport and activity festival, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more at an information event on Tuesday 6 February, 6.30 - 8.30pm at the King Alfred Ballroom, Hove. RSVP to the email address above, or call 01273 292724. Please note there is a maximum of two people per organisation.
- The Level Sunday markets will run from March to August - dates are 11 March, 8 April, 20 May, 17 June, 22 July and 17 August 2018.
- We are entering the park again for a national Green Flag award from Keep Britain Tidy in the 2018/19 round. The award recognises excellence in park standards.The Level is one of seven parks in the city with this special status. Read more about Green Flag parks in the city
- The Level's Garden Manager, Steve Peters, won 'Gardener of the Year' in the South and South East in Bloom awards in November 2017.
- See the council events diary for other events in the city.
Interested in holding a public event at The Level? Find out what you need to know if you're thinking about organising an event on council land. We have a separate event organiser's guide for The Level, contact email@example.com.
Regular park events 2018
- Weekly volunteer gardening club (Thursdays) - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Weekly inclusive play sessions (Wednesdays) run by Play Tiger. 10.30am-noon. Follow Play Tiger on Facebook
- Weekly English Conversation Club (Tuesdays) - run by The Level Communities Forum
- Monthly Book Club (Wednesdays)
- Weekly Tai-Chi (Mondays)
- Twice-weekly Fit Mums Buggy Fitness classes. Tuesdays 10.30 - 11.45am and Fridays 10 - 10.45am. £6 per session. Meet outside cafe. Contact Lisa Rose, tel 07790 538 958, or just come along. Termtime only
- Sunday markets (monthly, March to August - see above for dates)
- Bike maintenance and cycle skills (regular, various dates)
- Drumming and more
Volunteering and other ways to get involved: there's something for everyone
In addition to the events above, many of which welcome volunteers, the park has a community group, The Level Communities Forum - find out more about the group's recent activities, and future plans and meeting dates. Email email@example.com, or via their website, if you are interested in helping them at The Level.
- If you're not able to commit to regular volunteering, or only have a little time to spare, why not join the "LevelMakers" volunteer group? There is no commitment involved - it just means you agree for your details to go on a park mailing list and you will be contacted from time to time asking if you're free to help, for instance at small community events such as those run by The Level Communities Forum. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in
Good to know: The Level's history and its sustainability work
The Level has a rich and fascinating history and heritage.
- Have a look at our The Level history pages
- Download our Level History and Heritage podcast (iTunes link)
The Level has high environmental, conservation and wildlife standards and practices.
- Download The Level Conservation Report 2018 [pdf]
- Download the latest issue of The Level Garden News (PDF 1.61MB)
- Read more about the park's conservation, wildilfe and sustainability
- Sustainability information is also on the noticeboard on the corner of Ditchling Road and Union Road
- All the park's noticeboards have contact details for reporting any concerns about the park. Download the poster (PDF 256kKB]
- You can hire a space in the community pavilions. To hire the whole MacLaren Pavilion (on the cafe side of the park) or the smaller Elm room opposite, contact email@example.com or call 01273 292704. View The Level community room layouts (PDF 2.4MB)
- There are public toilets on the cafe sides, including a disabled toilet and a specialist Changing Places toilet. The public toilets are managed for the council by Healthmatic Ltd. Tel 01249 823 143 for the 24-hour helpdesk.
- The park has a community volunteer-led Activity Plan
- Schools and registered educational groups can book our curriculum-linked School Resource Box free for onsite use. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The park has community-designed artwork in the central part of the north lawns and also on the chessboards tabletops of the picnic tables around the pétanque area. The artwork is textured so it can be appreciated by those with visual impairment
- The Level is a multi-award-winning park. The Landscape Institute, Civic Trust and "BALI" National Landscape Award scheme have all recognised the park's excellence in different ways since the restoration was completed. We have twice won a 'Bees Needs' conservation award from the Green Flag scheme, we have a PiPA "Lollypip" accreditation from Inclusive Play and also have a Sussex Heritage Trust award in the 'Public and Community' category
- The park has Green Flag status. It is one of seven city parks with this prestigious award. More about Green Flag parks in the city .
- The park has specialist equipment to help people with hearing impairment enjoy the park to the full when participating in activities such as meetings in the pavilion community spaces. Find out more from email@example.com
- Watch a YouTube video about the park made by City College Brighton students
- The Level is in the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere (now called 'The Living Coast')
- The Level is the unofficial home of the BFD (Brighton Freestyle Disc Association), formed by a community of local Freestyle Disc players who have been playing in the city and at The Level for over four years. Frisbee Fridays was the original regular open jam for Brighton Jammers, now held on The Level