The Level: Enjoy the park and get involved

Park news and updates

Herb garden at the Level

Take a look at our events diary below to find out more about what's on at the park, and what's coming up soon ...

  • The Level's volunteer gardening club is taking a short break. The next session is on Thursday 20 April
  • On Thursday 30 March we're doing visitor counts all day at the park. People involved in the count will be wearing id.
  • Spring market at The Level on Sunday 2 April, 9am to 5pm. More details in the events list below
  • The Level Communities Forum is running another of its popular Easter egg-decorating and card-making events. Sunday 9 April, 10.30am to 4.30pm in the MacLaren Pavilion. Accompanied children welcome. View and download the Easter event poster (PDF 6MB)
  • We've re-applied for a Green Flag again and will hear the result in July. Find out about Green Flag parks in the city
  • Book Club: Next scheduled meeting - 19 April. More details about future confirmed dates until summer 2017 in events diary below
  • The Level fountains will be turned on for the summer, in line with other city water features, on the first May bank holiday weekend
  • The weekly Monday lunchtime tai-chi sessions have returned after the winter break - 12.30 - 1.30pm, by the Maclaren pavilion (inside pavilion if wet.) More details in events diary below
  • Join the park's free weekly English Conversation Club on Tuesdays. Qualified and experienced English teachers on hand. Organised by The Level Communities Forum. More details in events diary below
  • Make your mark on art in the park! Alter & Company won the public art commission to design and install a "Happenstance archway" for the southern end. The public is invited to help decide on imagery that could be featured. Ideas could include favourite images, memories or other ideas such as wildlife and conservation, or historical images that help show connections between past and present. Find more at Alter & Company's website. Send your ideas to happenstance@alterandcompany.com
  • Community chaplaincy. The ROC project provides a visible and reassuring presence at the park 3 - 6pm on Saturdays in the summer months. If you're interested in joining their 2017 park volunteer team, contact paulwilson@roc.uk.com
  • Well-being workshops: We're planning to run more of these popular free events in conjunction with MIND Brighton & Hove spring/summer 2017. These are designed to help people connect with nature and others while learning about the mental health benefits of getting outside. If you're interested in attending a future event, contact Clare/Millie on 01273 666963. or email millie.watts@mindcharity.co.uk
  • Why not join one of our regular free city cycling skills sessions at The Level?
  • The Level Communities Forum - find out more about the group's recent activities, and future plans and meeting dates. Email thelevelcommunitiesforum@gmail.com, or on their website, if you are interested in helping them with activities at The Level. All help welcome
  • 'Play and Stay' at The Level cafe: Brighton Soft Play and the Level cafe have indoor play sessions during the winter, 9am to 5pm. Parents and carers can relax with a hot drink or a snack while under fives play in the soft play area free of charge
  • We're producing a self-guided tour of The Level with children's activities including bee counting surveys. We expect this to be available in late spring 2017
  • 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 parksprojects@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Get involved and find out more

Tell us what you think

We're always happy to receive your views about the restored Level. Contact parksprojects@brighton-hove.gov.uk. You can also review The Level on TripAdvisor.

Book a room in our Pavilions

To hire the whole MacLaren Pavilion (on the cafe side of The Level) or the smaller Elm room opposite, contact park.pavilions@brighton-hove.gov.uk or call 01273 292704. View The Level community room layouts (PDF 2.4MB)

History and Heritage of The Level

School Resource Box

Developed by the park's project team with the Brighton Peace & Environment Centre (BPEC), the school resource box has curriculum-linked resources connected to aspects of the park. Schools and registered educational groups can book it, free, for onsite use. Contact parksprojects@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Sports and games

  • Table tennis: Have a free table tennis game near the Maclaren Pavilion. Bats and balls from the park cafe
  • Pétanque and boccia: Borrow a set of balls free from the Garden Manager (weekdays only) and enjoy a game on our special games area in the southern part of the park. Find out how to play boccia (PDF 2.8MB)Find out how to play pétanque (PDF 3.7MB)
  • Chess: Borrow a chess set and a chess clock free from the Garden Manager (weekdays only), and enjoy a game on the artist-designed textured tabletop chessboards set into the picnic tables around the pétanque area

Skatepark/wheeled sports facility

The park has an international-standard facility in the northern part of the park. Find out more about skateparks in the city.

Lost property at the cafe

The cafe at The Level ('Tomato Dolce & Salato') has a lost property bin, so you can look for or deposit small children's items lost or found in the park. The cafe has a wood-fired pizza oven.

Awards

Playground at The Level

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 now won more accolades:

The Level plants

2017 events schedule

The Level Communities Forum - meetings and opportunities to get involved

The Level Communities Forum is an enthusiastic and active volunteer community group working with the council for the park's benefit. The group fund-raises, plans, organises and delivers community events complementing the Level's Activity Plan. More members always welcome. Email thelevelcommunitiesforum@gmail.com. Meetings approximately monthly

  • Usually 6pm to 7.30pm, generally on Tuesdays
  • Generally in MacLaren Pavilion (by cafe)
  • Check the Forum's Facebook and Twitter for details
  • The MacLaren Pavilion is disabled accessible and there are disabled toilets onsite

Volunteer garden club

  • Weekly on Thursdays (note the club is not running on 30 March, 6 or 13 April 2017)
  • 10.30am to 12 noon
  • Club runs under guidance and supervision of the Garden Manager. Volunteers must do an introductory session first
  • Contact parksprojects@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Lunchtime tai-chi (weekly)

English Conversation Club (weekly)

Offers qualified and experienced English language teachers to help people practise and improve their English. This initiative is run by The Level Communities Forum.

  • Weekly on Tuesdays
  • 9.30 to 11am
  • Cafe at The Level. The cafe is disabled accessible and there are disabled toilets on the outside of the building

Conversation Club poster [pdf 2.1mb].

Book Club (monthly)

The Book Club is organised and run by a community volunteer. More members welcome. Visit the Level Book club website to check dates and times.

  • Next dates: Wednesdays 19 April, 17 May, 14 June and 19 July
  • 4.30 to 5.45pm, in the Elm Room (in the east/Lewes Road side pavilion)
  • The Elm Room is disabled accessible and there are disabled toilets on site

The Level Spring Market

TakePart Festival 2017- launch event

  • Saturday 17 June 2017
  • Find out how to book a space for your sports club or group at the event at the Takepart webpage

Brighton Youth Arts Festival at The Level

Drumming sessions (monthly)

  • Generally take place approximately monthly on Saturdays
  • 11am to 12.30pm
  • Elm Room (in east/Lewes Road side pavilion)

Organised and run by Drum United. All welcome. Keep checking back on this site, the Drum United website and The Level's noticeboards for further details.

The Elm Room is disabled accessible and there are disabled toilets onsite.

Buggy Bootcamp (weekly, termtime)

  • Tuesdays, term-time (weather permitting).
  • 10.30am to 11.15am
  • Meet outside cafe

Designed for parents/carers with children in buggies. £5 charge. Call Lisa 07790 538 958 - lisarose800@hotmail.com

Funfair

  • 27 April to 7 May
  • 7 to 10 September
  • 14 to 17 September

Vegan summer festival

Urban Ninja (obstacle courses)

Gardening and Conservation

bee on purple salvia plant at The Level

  • The Level is a pesticide-free zone
  • Read about the sustainable garden practices at the park on our sustainability and conservation notice board at the park's north-west corner (Ditchling Road side)
  • Read more about Conservation at The Level
  • Read the Garden Manager's latest newsletter
  • We won a Green Flag scheme national conservation award for the park, the 'Bees Needs', in 2015/16 and 2016/2017
  • Seen a plant or flower at The Level, wondered what it is and if it's suitable for your garden, allotment or windowsill?  The Garden Manager is making a park plants database. See the onsite garden noticeboard near the cafe, or scan the QR codes on the information sheets there
  • There is a planted "Bee Bed" research area on the north-west corner of the park. We're working in partnership with http://www.sussex.ac.uk/lasi/http://www.sussex.ac.uk/lasi/ and the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere to find out about plants that attract bees and other pollinators. The new butterfly bed is between the cafe and the Maclaren Pavilion.

Other information

  • 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
  • Playground space at The LevelThe park has Green Flag status. It is one of seven city parks with this prestigious award. More about Green Flag parks in the city
  • There are public toilets on the cafe building sides, including a disabled toilet and a specialist Changing Places toilet. The toilets are managed for the council by Wettons on 0845 433 4101. The key and essential information for users of the Changing Places toilet is available from the cafe..
  • The grassed north lawns area offers open space for informal sport and leisure activities. This area has a large 2D community artist-designed artwork at its centre where the paths cross
  • Many of these activities are part of the Activities Plan for The Level.

 

Heritage Lottery Fund

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