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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 ...

LATEST NEWS

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.

DOWNLOAD HERE

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • East Court

    East Court Mansion is the Town Council’s administrative base and is set within the parkland grounds of East Court. It is an 18th Century Grade II listed b ...

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

 

31may7:45 pm- 9:00 pmBirds, their habits and habitats – John BuckinghamRSPB - Local Group Events

1jun7:30 pm- 9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Wood Village Centre

2jun10:00 am- 10:45 amFree Healthy WalksGentle, guided walks between 30 & 45 minutes

4jun10:30 am- 4:00 pmLingfield Antiques, Collectables and Vintage FairLingfield Park Racecourse

4jun1:00 pm- 5:00 pmEast Court Live - AmericanaEast Court

5jun10:00 am- 10:45 amFREE Healthy WalksGentle, guided walks between 30 & 45 minutes

8jun7:30 pm- 9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Wood Village Centre

9jun10:00 am- 10:45 amFree Healthy WalksGentle, guided walks between 30 & 45 minutes

12jun10:00 am- 10:45 amFREE Healthy WalksGentle, guided walks between 30 & 45 minutes

16jun10:00 am- 10:45 amFree Healthy WalksGentle, guided walks between 30 & 45 minutes

17jun10:00 am- 12:00 pmHoney Leaf Creative Writing WorkshopWriting the Body

17jun11:00 am- 2:00 pmBlackwell School Summer FairBlackwell Farm Road

17jun12:00 pm- 5:30 pmEast Grinstead Cricket Club v Ansty CCSussex Premier League

19jun10:00 am- 10:45 amFREE Healthy WalksGentle, guided walks between 30 & 45 minutes

19jun7:45 pm- 9:15 pmEast Grinstead Natural History SocietySt Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead, RH19 4AT

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.