Bluebell Railway

Since March 2013, East Grinstead has become the northern terminus of the prestigious Bluebell Railwa ...

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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2017 EVENTS LISTING LEAFLET

Our new leaflet detailing the major events happening in the town over the next six months is available to download and also available to pick up from the tourist information in East Grinstead library.

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  • 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 ...

  • Bluebell Railway

    Since March 2013, East Grinstead has become the northern terminus of the prestigious Bluebell Railway, the UK’s premier restored railway. There is a full ...

  • Chequer Mead

    Chequer Mead is fast becoming one of the best entertainment venues in the South East. With a programme offering something for everyone, you may be pleasan ...

  • McIndoe Memorial Statue

    On Monday 9 June 2014, after 3 years of hard work and fundraising by the Steering Committee, Martin Jennings’ statue in memorial to Sir Archibald McIndoe, ...

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

 

28jul11:00 am- 1:00 pmFinding DoryChequer Mead

29jul11:00 am- 11:30 amSaturday Sing-a-LongEast Grinstead Library.

29jul7:30 pm- 10:00 pmUrban City Goes Back To The FutureChequer Mead

30jul3:00 pm- 5:00 pmAndré Rieu’s 2017 Maastricht concertChequer Mead

31jul3:00 pm- 4:00 pmTea at ThreeEast Grinstead Library

1aug10:30 am- 3:00 pmEast Grinstead Museum - Summer Family FunCartoons and Comics

1aug7:30 pm- 9:15 pmEast Grinstead Town FC v MargateFriendly

2aug2:00 pm- 5:00 pmNT Live presents... Peter PanChequer Mead

5aug12:00 pm- 5:30 pmEast Grinstead Cricket Club v Bexhill CCSussex Premier League

5aug3:00 pm- 4:45 pmEast Grinstead Town FC v Tooting & Mitcham UtdFriendly

6aug10:30 am- 4:00 pmLingfield Antiques, Collectables and Vintage FairLingfield Park Racecourse

6aug1:00 pm- 5:00 pmEast Court Live - Party in the ParkEast Court

7aug - 12aug 710:00 amaug 12Aladdin Jr.Chequer Mead Theatre

8aug10:30 am- 3:00 pmEast Grinstead Museum - Summer Family FunPlay in a Day

12aug12:00 pm- 5:30 pmEast Grinstead Cricket Club v Preston NomadsCup

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.