The Bandstand

History

Built in 1891, the bandstand first stood at Gatwick Racecourse. In 1948, the bandstand was sold to Crawley Development Corporation for £60.

In 1958 it was salvaged, refurbished and re-erected in Queens Square as part of the construction of the new town centre. The bandstand was originally located in the centre of the square and was moved again during the 1990s to the eastern side of the square, outside the Queensway Stores building.

Relocating to Memorial Gardens

In 2015, the decision was taken to move the bandstand to a more appropriate location in the town centre. The bandstand was underused in Queens Square and by relocating it to Memorial Gardens, it is expected to attract greater community use.

A planning application for the move was granted in July 2015 and this can be viewed here.

In May 2016, in preparation for the Queens Square improvement scheme, the bandstand was carefully removed and taken away to be refurbished and redecorated.

Latest News - April 2018

In early 2018, the groundworks commenced in Memorial Gardens, ready for the bandstand to be moved to its new home.

Latest information about the relocation project, including photographs of the restoration work behind the scenes, can be found here.​

The foundations are now complete and works are expected to be complete by the end of May 2018.