Description: The Level herb garden and pavilionOpening times
Park is always open.
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 the 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.
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.
Services and facilities
- Cafe "Tomato Dolce & Salato" is usually open 9am - 7pm seven days a week in the summer. Winter opening hours are shorter
- Toilets: Public toilets are 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 24-hour helpdesk
- Play fountains : Summer months, generally from 9am - 1pm and 2 - 6pm. The fountains are managed by Freedom Leisure
- Drinking water fountains: One in the playground and another by the skatepark
- Community spaces for hire: Two spaces for small community events in the restored pavilions - the whole of the MacLaren pavilion, and the smaller Elm Room in the eastern pavilion. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 01273 292704 for more information.
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: 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 the Garden Manager (weekdays only), and enjoy a game on the tabletop 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.
- 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 (Wednesdays)
- Weekly Tai-Chi (Mondays) - delivered by the Taoist Tai Chi Society, and supported by Active for Life
- From August until September 2018 (provisional): Weekly free fitness sessions (Mondays), provided by Active for Life (see link above). Email email@example.com
- Twice-weekly 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
- Monthly Sunday market, April- August. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07704 095 485.
- Bike maintenance and cycle skills (regular, various dates)
- Drumming sessions
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 email@example.com
Volunteering and The Level Communities Forum
- Weekly Thursday morning volunteer Garden Club, run by the Garden Manager. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. See also "Conservation and Sustainability" below.
- 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 .
- 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 a Garden Manager noticeboard near the cafe.
- Read more about the park's conservation, wildlife and sustainability
- Download The Level Conservation Report 2018 [pdf 7.4mb]
You can read more about Elm Trees and butterflies at The Level below.
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.
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
Download The Level history podcast (iTunes link.)
Education and learning
Schools and registred 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. This can be seen 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.)
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
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 using our online Cityparks problem report form
Use The Level's contacts sheet to find the right place to report other queries or concerns.