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St Swithun’s Church

St. Swithun's is a Grade II listed building. The site had a church since the 11th century. It was st ...

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 ...

Millennium Stone & Meridian Line

The Millennium Year 2000 was marked by the placing of a beacon just near East Court Mansion and by t ...

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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EAST GRINSTEAD IN BLOOM CALENDAR

East Grinstead in Bloom CalendarThe 2017 calendar is now available from The Book Shop in the Historic High Street and are sure to be popular, so make sure you get hold of your copy to celebrate a year in East Grinstead. More information HERE.

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • East Grinstead Museum

    Built with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and money raised by the local community, East Grinstead Museum invites you to discover the old market to ...

  • 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 ...

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

 

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

3dec - 2jandec 31:00 amjan 2Saint Hill Christmas Lights Switch OnIce Skating Rink, Fireworks Display, Mince Pies & Hot Drinks

3dec3:00 pm- 5:30 pmEstcot's Christmas FairEstcots Primary School

3dec7:30 pm- 10:00 pmEast Grinstead Christmas Comedy GalaChequer Mead

3dec7:30 pm- 11:00 pmThe Rosellys - British AmericanaUpstairs at the Dorset Arms

4dec9:30 am- 4:00 pmLingfield Antiques, Collectables and Vintage FairLingfield Park Racecourse

4dec10:00 am- 4:00 pmEast Grinstead Christmas Family FestivalFun for All the Family...

4dec11:00 am- 2:40 pmSanta is Coming...to the Bluebell RailwaySee Schedule for Dates and Times

4dec3:00 pm- 5:30 pmReindeer at the Bluebell RailwayReindeer Specials depart from East Grinstead at 3pm, stopping at Kingscote to visit the Reindeer family and their sleigh.

5dec11:00 am- 12:30 pmRelax with ColouringAll materials provided - Just drop in...

6dec2:00 pm- 5:00 pmForest Row Lifeboat Choir presents... A Concert of Christmas ConcertChequer Mead

6dec7:30 pm- 10:00 pmChoirpower and Greenstede Singers presents... Christmas Concert in the PavilionChequer Mead

7dec7:30 pm- 10:00 pmThe Band of the Welsh Guards presents... A Winter Concert in aid of SSAFAChequer Mead

8dec5:00 pm- 10:30 pmVienna Festival Ballet presents... The NutcrackerChequer Mead

8dec7:30 pm- 9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Wood Village Centre

9dec8:00 pm- 10:30 pmForbidden NightsChequer Mead

10dec11:00 am- 3:00 pmSullivan’s Heroes Christmas Jewellery & Gifts SaleLingfield Notre Dame

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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?


East Grinstead has one of the longest continuous runs of 14th century timber-framed buildings in England.