Crawley Mela

Crawley Mela is an annual multi-cultural festival at The Hawth, usually extending over a weekend in July. The 2010 event took place on 31 July and 1 August, and included a children’s parade through Crawley town centre earlier in July.

The Crawley Mela Association co-ordinates and enables speakers and arts performers to appear at local schools.


The 2010 Crawley Mela offered a wide range of activities, including:

  • arts and crafts
  • film: Indian historical and Bollywood
  • Ghanaian drumming
  • Japanese calligraphy
  • origami
  • rangoli (Indian geometric designs)
  • shiatsu massage
  • sport, including: kabbadi, kite-flying, martial arts and volleyball


Stall-holders may apply for a place by phoning the Hawth on 01293 552941.

History and Organisation

The festival began in 1989, organised by Crawley Borough Council in conjunction with local community associations. Latterly the organisation has been co-ordinated by the Hawth.

Crawley Mela is supported financially by:

Location and Car Parking

The Hawth is in Furnace Green, and contains a large car park: