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Standen House

Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden. Com ...

Historic High Street

The focal point of East Grinstead’s charm and old Market Town reputation is the conservation area in ...

Sackville College

The College has been a functioning almshouse for almost 400 years, built with a bequest from the wil ...

Chequer Mead

Chequer Mead is fast becoming one of the best entertainment venues in the South East. With a program ...

East Court

East Court Mansion is the Town Council’s administrative base and is set within the parkland grounds ...

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Welcome to Visit East Grinstead

Discover East Grinstead, the capital of the historic High Weald. Our ancient market town has a wealth of architectural heritage and is surrounded by some of the finest countryside in the whole of the South East of England.

Truly, East Grinstead has something for everyone. Friendly restaurants, pubs, bars and coffee shops are waiting to bid you welcome. Cosy accommodation in one of our hotels or bed and breakfasts is available through the year….

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DISCOVER EAST GRINSTEAD LEAFLET

Discover East Grinstead

East Grinstead Town Promotions, a service of the Town Council, has just taken delivery of the 2017 tourism leaflet ‘Discover East Grinstead’.

The leaflet, which showcases the attractions in and around the town is available to collect from the Tourist Information Desk in the Library.

  • Weir Wood Reservoir Nature Reserve

    Weir Wood Reservoir in the Ashdown Forest is mostly water, surrounded by strips of open grassland, scrub and woodland. Low lying meadows also form part of ...

  • Historic High Street

    The focal point of East Grinstead’s charm and old Market Town reputation is the conservation area in and around the historic High Street. It’s not too har ...

  • Kingscote Valley

           Kingscote Valley is an exciting new tourism destination consisting of 2000 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside nestled in a hidden valley surroun ...

  • Standen House

    Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden. Come and see a family home and garden brought to life in ...

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

 

13apr - 13mayapr 137:30 pmmay 13Cloudbusting - Kate Bush TributeChequer Mead

26apr7:45 pm- 9:00 pmTrinidad and Tobago – Home of the Humming Bird - Ashley GroveRSPB - East Grinstead Local Group Events

27apr7:30 pm- 9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Wood Village Centre

28apr10:00 am- 11:00 amFREE - Healthy WalksGentle, guided, walks lasting between 30 & 45 minutes

29apr10:00 am- 12:00 pmHoney Leaf Creative Writing WorkshopsWriting the Body

29apr11:00 am- 11:30 amSaturday Sing-a-LongSpecial Session for Dads. Grandads, Unlces and their babies & toddlers.

30apr9:00 am- 5:00 amEast Grinstead Classic Bus Running DayHigh Street East Grinstead

1may10:00 am- 4:00 pmEast Grinstead & District Lions May FairHigh Street

1may10:00 am- 11:00 amFREE - Healthy Walks Gentle, guided, walks lasting between 30 & 45 minutes

1may8:00 pm- 9:30 pmSoul Train ChoirEvery Monday 8pm - 9.30pm

4may7:30 pm- 10:00 pmSteve Biddulph- Raising GirlsChequer Mead

4may7:30 pm- 9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Wood Village Centre

5may10:00 am- 11:00 amFREE - Healthy WalksGentle, guided, walks lasting between 30 & 45 minutes

6may10:30 am- 12:30 pmPlant Sale for St. Mary's ChurchSt. Mary's Resoration Appeal

8may8:00 pm- 9:30 pmSoul Train ChoirEvery Monday 8pm - 9.30pm

THE TOWN’S HISTORY

East Grinstead has a long tradition of weekly markets. It’s broad High Street is testimony to this. Even before a town existed, several ancient tracks converged on this area and people would probably have met to transact their business. Possibly in goods and animals.

The town was given a charter by Henry III in 1247 to have a weekly Monday market and an annual fair. In 1655 the market moved from Monday to Thursday predominately for the sales of corn, but joined in 1703 by cattle sales. Thursday has remained the day of the popular farmer’s market ever since. The cattle market thrived until December 1970 when the last ‘Fat Stock Show’ was held.

East Grinstead High St 1883

Did You Know?


1247 East Grinstead was given a Royal Charter by Henry III to hold a weekly market and an annual Fair.
770th anniversary this year.