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Bluebell Railway

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

Sackville College

The College has been a functioning almshouse for almost 400 years, built with a bequest from the wil ...

McIndoe Memorial Statue

On Monday 9 June 2014, after 3 years of hard work and fundraising by the Steering Committee, Martin ...

Kingscote Valley

       Kingscote Valley is an exciting new tourism destination consisting of 2000 acres of beautiful ...

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 ...

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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.

  • 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 ...

  • Kingscote Valley

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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

7jan - 23aprjan 711:00 amapr 23Kaffe at StandenStanden House & Garden

26mar12:30 pm- 3:00 pmMother's Day Carvery Luncheon at Sweetwoods ParkSweetwoods Park Golf Club

28mar7:30 pm- 10:00 pmAn Evening with Ann WiddecombeChequer Mead

29mar7:45 pm- 9:00 pmThe Secret Life of the Dormouse – Andrew CleaveRSPB Local Group Events

30mar7:30 pm- 10:00 pmChequer Mead Silver Screen presents... Dads ArmyChequer Mead

30mar7:30 pm- 9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Wood Village Centre

1apr9:00 am- 5:00 pmCelebrate the lambing season!Tablehurst Farm

1apr3:00 pm- 4:45 pmEast Grinstead Town FC v Chatham TownRymans South Division

1apr6:00 pm- 8:30 pmJ S Bach's St.Matthew PassionDirected by Richard Jenkinson

2apr10:30 am- 4:00 pmLingfield Antiques, Collectables and Vintage FairLingfield Park Racecourse

4apr7:30 pm- 9:15 pmEast Grinstead Town FC v South ParkRymans South Division

6apr7:30 pm- 9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Wood Village Centre

6apr8:00 pm- 10:00 pmGrinstock Comedy ClubDorset Arms

8apr10:00 am- 1:00 pmLocal Clubs & Society FayreEast Grinstead Library

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.