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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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SUMMER 2016 EVENTS LISTING LEAFLET

East Grinstead Summer EventsA leaflet detailing the major events happening in the town over the next few months is available to download HERE and also available to pick up from the tourist information in East Grinstead library.

  • Millennium Stone & Meridian Line

    The Millennium Year 2000 was marked by the placing of a beacon just near East Court Mansion and by the installation, on the Meridian Line, of a large bloc ...

  • Kingscote Valley

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

  • St Swithun’s Church

    St. Swithun's is a Grade II listed building. The site had a church since the 11th century. It was struck by lightning in 1772 and after it was rebuilt by ...

  • 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 ...

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

 

august

16jul - 17sepjul 1610:00 amsep 17The Big Friendly ReadSummer Reading Challenge

30aug10:30 am- 3:00 pmSummer Fun at East Grinstead MuseumEG Town Museum

september

16jul - 17sepjul 1610:00 amsep 17The Big Friendly ReadSummer Reading Challenge

1sep7:30 pm- 9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Wood Village Centre

1sep8:00 pm- 10:30 pmRoy Chubby BrownChequer Mead

2sep2:30 pm- 4:00 pmRelaxing with Colouring

3sep9:00 am- 7:00 pmEast Grinstead Ploughing Match

3sep10:30 am- 4:00 pmCommunity Craft DayFree to join in and no need to book

3sep1:00 pm- 5:00 amSullivan's Heroes Jewellery SaleCrawley Down Village Green

3sep1:00 pm- 5:00 pmCrawley Down Village FayreCrawley Down Village Green

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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.