The Level

The Level - MacLaren Pavilion

Current updates

  • Easter time is coming! Join The Level Communities Forum for their popular annual children's art workshops, decorating eggs and making pop-up Easter cards. Friday 12 and Wednesday 17 April 2019, 2pm - 5pm in the MacLaren Pavilion near the cafe. The event is free, but donations towards materials always welcome. View the poster (PDF)
  • The play fountains are due to be switched on on Monday 6 May 2019. They should be operational until September 2019. Contact Freedom Leisure with any enquiries
  • TakePart 2019 - This annual festival celebrating sport, dance and exercise in the city takes part at The Level on Saturday 22 June 2019
  • Don't forget you can hire a room in one of The Level's two community pavilions (pictured above right) for small community meetings or events.  Contact, or Tel 01273 292704 for more information;
  • Read the the Level's Conservation Report 2019 (PDF 4MB)

Park opening times

Park is always open.

Getting there

The Level can be reached from Lewes Road, Union Road and Ditchling Road. View map of the park's location


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. Further bus information 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 northern and southern perimeters of the park.

The Bike Train runs group rides from The Level, including to the city's universities and occasionally to special events, such as the annual Apple Day event at Stanmer 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 on the perimeter.


The Level is one of our disabled access parks, and has a large number of accessibility features.  Read more here.

Services and facilities

  • Picture of Lavender on the Rose Walk at the LevelCafe "Tomato Dolce & Salato" is open seven days a week.  Hours vary during on the season.
  • Toilets:   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
  • Community rooms for hire:  Two spaces for small community events in the restored pavilions - the whole of the MacLaren pavilion, and the smaller Elm Room in eastern pavilion. Email or Tel 01273 292704 for more information
  • Drinking water fountains: One 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".)
  • Description: 
    Playground slide The Level
    The park has an international-standard skatepark in the northern quadrant. 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 cafe
  • Pétanque and boccia: Borrow a set of balls free from the Garden Manager (weekdays) 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 Garden Manager (weekdays only), and enjoy a game on the chessboards set into the picnic tables around the pétanque area

Events and activities

The Level has a thriving informal and formal events programme. Here's a list of some of the regular activities and events.

Search for other city events in the council's events diary .

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

The Level herb garden and pavilion
Volunteering and The Level Communities 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 a Garden Manager noticeboard near the cafe.

You can read more about Elm Trees and butterflies at The Level below.

Other points of interest at The Level


Green Flag Award newThe 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.

The park's Garden Manager was awarded the Gardener of the Year award by South and South East in Bloom in 2017.

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 registred educational groups can book our curriculum-linked School Resource Box free for onsite use.  Contact cityparks@brighton-hove,

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 arnd the pétanque area. The artwork is textured so it can be appreciated by those with visual impairment. (See also "Sports and games". and "Accessibility.)

Happenstance archway

An eye-catching polished steel archway, installed 2017 at the southern end entrance, has images of the park's history and wildlife picked out through the innovative use of perforations.  Watch this YouTube video

Other information

The Level is in the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere - now known as The Living Coast .

Watch a YouTube video about the park made by City College Brighton students.

Report a problem in the park

Found a problem at The Level? Contact us using our online Cityparks problem report form

Use The Level's contacts sheet to find the right place to report other queries or concerns.


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