Latest news and updates
- The Level Book Club isn't meeting in November or December, but is due to start again in January 2020, and there are some spare spaces. The group usually meets monthly on a Monday. Find out more
- Why not hire a room in one of The Level's two community pavilions (Maclaren pavilion pictured below) for your small community meeting or event? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01273 292704 for more information
- Read the the Level's Conservation Report 2019 (PDF 4MB)
Description: The Level - MacLaren PavilionPark opening times
Park is always open.
The Level can be reached from Lewes Road, Union Road and Ditchling Road. View a map that shows where The Level is located.
Brighton & Hove Buses' frequent service 25 goes to east (Lewes Road) side, while many routes serve the Open Market stops in Ditchling Road or Oxford Street to the park's west. These include the number 21, 22, 24, 26, 37, 37B, 38, 46, 48, 49, 50 and 81 routes. Get more information about bus routes and timetables.
There are cycle lanes leading to the park from the city centre, including Sustrans' National Cycle Route 20. There are cycle paths on the west, east and north perimeters of the park and several places to park and secure your bicycle around the park.
There are Btn Bikeshare hubs on the perimeters of the park.
There is on-street pay and display parking along Ditchling Road, Union Road and Lewes Road. Two disabled bays, including one suitable for a minibus with valid blue badge, are available onstreet. Vehicle parking on the park perimeter roads and pathways is not permitted. Parking enforcement is in place.
Services and facilities
- The Level Cafe is open seven days a week. Hours vary depending on the season
- public toilets are at the outer sides of the café building, including an accessible toilet and a Changing Places toilet. The toilets are managed by Healthmatic Ltd. 01249 823 143
- two spaces to hire for small community events in the restored pavilions, the whole of the MacLaren pavilion, and the smaller Elm Room in eastern pavilion. Email email@example.com or phone 01273 292 704 for more information
- drinking water fountains in playground and another by skatepark
- play fountains - summer months only. The fountains are managed by Freedom Leisure
Sports and games
- The Level's landscaped playground provides a wide range of exciting play equipment suitable for all ages and abilities. There is also a sensory play garden area. (See also "Accessibility")
- the park has an international-standard skatepark in the northern quadrant. Find out more about skateparks in the cityDescription:Playground slide The Level
- table tennis near the Maclaren Pavilion. Bats and balls from the café
- pétanque and boccia 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)
- chessboards set into the picnic tables around the pétanque area
Events and activities
The Level has a thriving informal and formal events programme. The regular activities and events include:
- inclusive play sessions run by Play Tiger. To find dates and times of sessions, follow Play Tiger on Facebook
- weekly English Conversation Club (Tuesdays) run by The Level Communities Forum
- monthly Book Club
- weekly Tai-Chi (Mondays) delivered by the Taoist Tai Chi Society, and supported by Active for Life
- Fit Mums Buggy Fitness classes, Tuesdays 10.30am - 11.45am and Fridays 10am - 10.45am in term time. £6 per session. Contact Lisa Rose on 07790 538 958
- bike maintenance and cycle skills (regular, various dates)
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, email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Description: The Level herb garden and pavilionVolunteering and The Level Communities Forum
- The Level Communities Forum (LCF.) The LCF is an active community group which works with the city council for the long-term benefit of the park. The Forum is always pleased to welcome new members.Email email@example.com
- volunteer Garden Club. Note: The volunteer Garden Club is not currently running. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about other parks and green space volunteering opportunities
- find out more about city parks and green space volunteering
- search for volunteering opportunities on the Community Works website
- find out more about the Brighton & Hove Green Spaces Forum
Conservation and sustainability
The park observes the highest sustainability and environmental standards, with particular focus on encouraging pollinators. There is a bee bed and a butterfly garden, and many other plants are specially selected for their attractiveness to these insects. Information about the park's environmental activities is on noticeboards, including one near the cafe.
Other points of interest at The Level
The park has won a clutch of awards for its accessibility, sustainability, environmental standards, heritage protection and interpretation, and landscaping. It is also a Green Flag park.
Elm trees and butterflies
The Level has a large and nationally important elm tree collection which supports a colony of White-letter Hairstreak butterflies. This endangered species lives mainly in the treetops and the butterfly's lifecycle is entirely dependent on elms for food. The butterfly was spotted at The Level during the park's 2013 restoration, and has been seen on many occasions since. Read more about The National Elm Collection.
Find out about The Level's fascinating history
Education and learning
Schools and registered educational groups can book our curriculum linked school resource box free for onsite use. Contact cityparks@brighton-hove,gov.uk
Art at The Level
Have a look at the park's community inspired artwork in the central part of the north lawns and on the chessboard tabletops of the picnic tables around the pétanque area. The artwork is textured so it can be appreciated by those with visual impairment. (See also "Sports and games" and "Accessibility.)
An eye-catching polished steel archway, installed in 2017 at the southern entrance, has images of the park's history and wildlife picked out through the innovative use of perforations. Watch a video about the steel arch sculptures on YouTube.
The Level is in the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere, now known as The Living Coast.
Report a problem in the park
Found a problem at The Level? Contact us online to report a problem.