A320ajm
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Living In Crawley, UK. Advice?

Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:16 am

Hi guys,

In Spetember I start my new job and have to move to Crawley. I've just graduated University so it is my first proper job. I went to Leeds Universirty and l am from Sunderland so I am used to living away, just not this far. The company I will work for provide company housing etc but I am looking for advice/opinions on the area. Anybody got any good suggestions of pubs, restaurants, places to see and visit etc? Or any other general advice for moving there? At least I'll get some good plane spotting in at Gatwick haha!

Thanks,
A320ajm
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RE: Living In Crawley, UK. Advice?

Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:10 am

Welcome to Crawley! (aka Creepy Crawley, Crewville) I've been living there since April having worked out of LGW since the beginning of 2011. Crawley is umm how can I put it...interesting! For a start its full of airline crew and airport workers. There are some nice parts and some not so nice parts. The town center itself if a bit of a mish mash of old, a newish type shopping mall and 1960's architecture. There are a few pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants located in the old High St area. I tend to end up in the ones frequented by crew and of course there is the legendary Bar Med (Shed) which is closing at the end of August that hosted the weekly mess known as crew night (although anyone can attend). If you like your leisure/entertainment parks you're well catered for with a Cineworld complex, bowling, Virgin Active and various chain restaurants (aka Nandos). One of the best things about Crawley is that it's very easy to get away from it! It's on the main train line between London and Brighton and with frequent trains it's easy to go visit either for a good night out. It's also surrounded by countryside so if you like walking, cycling etc then there's plenty of places to go.
And yeah, finally, planespotting at LGW......if you like easyJet you're in for a treat! I kindly refer to LGW as Fortress Orange since a quater of ezy's fleet is based there and walking out on the ramp at 5am is a pretty stunning sight to see lines of orange tails everywhere.
Feel free to pm me if you've got any further questions.

James
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RE: Living In Crawley, UK. Advice?

Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:06 pm

Being from Horsham (10 minutes down the road), there's a bit of neighbouring town rivalry, so take this from me as you will.

I dislike Crawley, and always have done (James above, Duna320 and a couple of other members with vouch for that). In fact, it has featured in a book named "Crap Towns". Some suburbs are okay, namely Pound Hill, Maidenbower and Three Bridges. Anywhere else that I can think of is questionable at best. The town centre is a nasty mix of old, ugly concrete buildings and ambitious new build shopping areas that just get filled with places like Poundland and similar shops, it's pretty dirty and looks like it could do with a complete regeneration. The locals are the types you see in tracksuits.

Apart from my (snobby) view, there are a couple of decent pubs in the suburbs I enjoy going to (The Hillside, Frogshole Farm), and alot of my friends (who are crew, like James says) live there.

Where abouts will you be living?
 
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RE: Living In Crawley, UK. Advice?

Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:10 am

Hey,

Thanks for your advice guys! Kind of things I was looking for. I'm not sure where I'm living yet but I am in company housing - I actually found out today so will let you know! Unfortunately the job I was offered was too good of an opportunity to turn down so I m just going to have to put up with living there even if I don't like it. I am a bit nervous about moving down, but I am sure everything will turn out alright.

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RE: Living In Crawley, UK. Advice?

Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:43 pm

Found out that I am living in Maidenbower - looks decent on what I've looked at/googled. The Frogshole Farm pub is there or near like you suggest Tupolev so will definitely be visiting!
Either of you two or anyone else any thoughts/opinions/recommendations on this area?

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RE: Living In Crawley, UK. Advice?

Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:09 pm

You're in luck! Maidenbower is one of the nicer areas of Crawley....infact it's where I live. I live 3 minutes walk from the Frogshole. It's very family orientated around here. Most of the area was built in the 80s/90s so is very new. It's pretty quiet with seemingly very little trouble. Plenty of footpaths for walking, bike riding. Very easy access to the M23, big Tescos only 5 mins drive away etc. I'd happily buy a house in this area.
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RE: Living In Crawley, UK. Advice?

Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:58 pm

Quoting A320ajm (Reply 4):
The Frogshole Farm pub is there or near like you suggest Tupolev so will definitely be visiting!
Either of you two or anyone else any thoughts/opinions/recommendations on this area?

We basically live at this place!

Good luck on the move!
 
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RE: Living In Crawley, UK. Advice?

Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:14 pm

Good luck with the move. The best thing I have ever done (apart from learn to drive) is to move the hell outta Sunderland. If I was still there, I would be with the others standing on Wearmouth Bridge on a Saturday night ready to jump. I wish I had moved out years ago.
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RE: Living In Crawley, UK. Advice?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:43 am

Thanks for the good luck messages. I am quite relieved you say it's a nice area to live in! And as regards to Sunderland, I'll always class this place as my true home and proud of where I come from   but you're right - very little opportunities exist here!

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RE: Living In Crawley, UK. Advice?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:23 pm

The good thing about Crawley is that using Three Bridges railway station you can get anywhere quite fast. You can be in central London in 40 mins or Brighton in 30 mins and the trains run all night.

Where ever the cabin crew hang out you know you'll find a vibrant social life.
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RE: Living In Crawley, UK. Advice?

Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:34 am

Hello,

I live about 20 minutes drive from Crawley and go to Gatwick quite a bit for spotting but have not been to Crawley really too much. Sorry. A few things you could do though:

Spotting at Gatwick. Good stuff on 26L.
Drink at the Hotel Ibis. They have a couple of nice benches outside and sometimes the occasional ramper is out there.
Drink at the Flight Tavern, just adjacent to runway 26 but no good runway views. Nice though.
Go to Redhill shopping.
Go to Redhill aerodrome. Cubair is a nice school and a cafe too.
Go to Kenley aerodrome near Caterham. Surrey Hills gliding club are there weekdays depending on weather. They are very nice guys and welcome you just to watch or will take you up if you have a bit of cash and like to.
Go to Denbies vinyard outside Dorking. Beautiful setting.
Walk a couple of days of the North Downs Way. There are guidebooks online and in libraries and you can print out the OS map sections you need for free online.
Go to Dublin for the day with Ryanair (if you don't mind them). Cost is cheap if you book well in advance and they go at least 4 times a day.
Go to Europe for the day with Easyjet. So many options. Toulouse airport is nice and there's an A380 factory tour if you can take a taxi.
Go on a day trip to Calais or even just Dover to watch ferries. Bruges in Belgium and Lille in France are both easily reachable in a day if you have a car and are both nice.
Try paragliding with the Green Dragons club (if you like adrenaline!) They are also nice guys. They are very near Kenley about 10-20 minute drive from Crawley.
Golf. There is a nice public club at Rusper (very rural with good aircraft spotting while walking around if the wind is good). There's also a nice 9-hole small course just near the airport where you can walk round and watch aircraft landing 26L.

Don't know if any of those will be attractive to you but thought I'd write anyway.

Good luck with the job and the relocation!

Thanks,

Pierre

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