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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 ...

East Grinstead Museum

Built with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and money raised by the local community, East Grin ...

Weir Wood Reservoir Nature Reserve

Weir Wood Reservoir in the Ashdown Forest is mostly water, surrounded by strips of open grassland, s ...

Wakehurst

Kew's garden in Sussex Wonderful Wakehurst! Whatever the time of year, the grounds of Wakehurst are ...

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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.

  • Sackville College

    The College has been a functioning almshouse for almost 400 years, built with a bequest from the will of Robert Sackville, Earl of Dorset. His will provid ...

  • Wakehurst

    Kew's garden in Sussex Wonderful Wakehurst! Whatever the time of year, the grounds of Wakehurst are a sight to behold. Wander through ornamental gardens, ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

 

23sep - 23aprsep 2310:00 amapr 23The Bothy at Standen HouseArtist Will Shannon unveils his art installation at Standen House

20feb - 25feb 201:00 amfeb 25Matilda - Half Term WorkshopPerformance February 25th

23feb7:30 pm- 9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Wood Village Centre

23feb8:00 pm- 10:00 pmUpstairs at the Dorset ArmsThe Fran McGillivray Band + Crooked Teeth

24feb10:00 am- 1:00 pmFREE Energy AdviceYou could save up to £300 on your bills...AND stay warm!

24feb2:30 pm- 3:30 pmHalf Term For Children - at The LibraryFor 5 to 9 year olds

25feb10:30 am- 12:30 pmTown Action Group _ Community SessionCome with your ideas to make East Grinstead a better place...

25feb1:30 pm- 3:15 pmEast Grinstead Hockey Club v University of BirminghamPremier Division - Ladies

25feb2:00 pm- 3:45 pmEast Grinstead Lacrosse Club v HillcroftSouth of England Premier Division

25feb3:00 pm- 4:45 pmEast Grinstead Town FC v GuernseyRyman Division 1 South

25feb8:00 pm- 10:00 pmMayor's Charity Fundraising ConcertTrinity Methodist Church

25feb8:00 pm- 10:00 pmEast Grinstead Concert BandCharity Fundraiser

26feb2:00 pm- 3:45 pmEast Grinstead Hockey Club v WimbledonPremier Division - Men

28feb7:00 pm- 10:00 pmNT Live Encore presents... AmadeusChequer Mead

28feb7:30 pm- 10:00 pmJenny Green's Jazz NightsLive at The Dorset Arms, East Grinstead

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.