This page gives information about the facilities, services, special features and other essential details about The Level since its 2012 restoration.
The Level is one of our Green Flag parks and this popular community park has also won a number of further awards (see Awards section below.)
- Visit The Level: Enjoy the park and get involved web page for the latest information about events, activities, community engagement and volunteering opportunities.
Park is always open.
The Level can be reached from Lewes Road, Union Road and Ditchling Road. View map of the park's location.
The Level is very well served by buses. Brighton & Hove Buses' frequent service 25 and The Big Lemon's service 44 go to the east (Lewes Road) side, while many routes serve the Open Market stops in Ditchling Road or Oxford Street. These include the number 21, 22, 24, 26, 37, 37B, 38, 46, 48, 49, 50 and 81 routes. Further bus information and timetables.
There are cycle lanes leading to the park from the city centre, including National Cycle Route 20. There are cycle paths on the west, east and north perimeters of the park. There are several places to park and secure your bicycle around the park. For more information see our city cycle facilities map
The Bike Train runs group rides from The Level. These include daily term-time rides from the north-east corner of The Level, along Lewes Road to Falmer (Sussex University and Brighton University sites).
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 blue badge) are available on the perimeter. For more information on travelling around the city visit Journey On.
Services on The Level
Cafe "Tomato Dolce & Salato" is usually open from 9am until 7pm seven days a week in the summer. Opening hours in winter are shorter.
There are public toilets at the outer sides of the cafe building, including an accessible toilet and a Changing Places toilet. The toilets are managed by Healthmatic Ltd. Call 01249 823 143 for their 24-hour helpdesk.
The Level is one of our disabled access parks.
Community spaces for hire
The two restored pavilions offer community spaces for hire. Email email@example.com
Activities and volunteering
The Level is known for its thriving informal and formal events programme, which is boosted by a community volunteer-led Activity Plan. This Plan is a requirement of the restoration's principal funders the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. Many of the activities are organised by The Level Communities Forum volunteers (see below.)
Volunteering opportunities are advertised on the main restoration project webpage, park noticeboards, on social media and via partners' contacts networks.
The Level Communities Forum (LCF)
The LCF is a group of volunteers working in conjunction with the city council for the long-term benefit of the park. The Forum is always pleased to welcome new members who can help the group provide even more events and activities for all to enjoy.
Points of Interest
The park has won a clutch of awards for its accessibility, sustainability and environmental standards, heritage protection and interpretation,and landscaping, as well as being a Green Flag park. More details on the main Level restoration page.
The park's Garden Manager was awarded the Gardener of the Year award by South and South East in Bloom in 2017.
The park observes the highest sustainability and environmental standards, and has a particular focus on encouraging pollinators. This approach has been recognised and rewarded with a clutch of awards. There is a Bee Bed and a Butterfly garden, and many other plants throughout the park are specially selected for their attractiveness to these insects. Information about the park's environmental activities is on a noticeboard on the park's north-west corner, and the Garden Manager produces regular newsletters and information for the garden noticeboard near the cafe.
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 restoration, and has been seen on many occasions since.
Find out about The Level's fascinating history
An eye-catching polished steel artwork designed archway, installed in 2017, features images of the park's history and wildlife picked out through the innovative use of perforations. The archway is at the park's southern end entrance. Watch this YouTube video
The Rose Walk
The Rose Walk is a crossway path connecting the east and west sides of the park. It was completely re-planted and re-landscaped as part of the restoration to include a range of attractive and insect-friendly plants and shrubs including some roses.
We regret that The Level's play fountains will open later than usual in 2018. The water feature is operated by Freedom Leisure. Visit Freedom Leisure's website for enquiries and further information on alternative water features in the city.
Sports and games facilities
- The park has an international-standard skatepark in the northern part of the park. Find out more about skateparks in the city
- 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