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Sackville College

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

Chequer Mead

Located in the heart of East Grinstead, Chequer Mead Theatre is one of the best venues for entertain ...

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 ...


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


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 Summer Events

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.


  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • Chequer Mead

    Located in the heart of East Grinstead, Chequer Mead Theatre is one of the best venues for entertainment in the South East. This intimate theatre offers q ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...



14jul12:00 pm5:30 pmEast Grinstead Cricket Club v Roffey CCSussex Premier League12:00 pm - 5:30 pm GMT

16jul10:00 am1:00 pmEast Grinstead Embroiderers, Art weaving workshop.Jubilee Community Centre10:00 am - 1:00 pm GMT

19jul7:30 pm10:00 pmRe-Take ThatChequer Mead Theatre7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

20jul10:00 am4:00 pmStanden Embroidery WorkshopMaterials and tea & coffee provided10:00 am - 4:00 pm gmt

20jul7:30 pm10:00 pmCarpenters GoldChequer Mead Theatre7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

21jul12:00 pm5:30 pmEast Grinstead Cricket Club v Middleton CCSussex Premier League12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

21jul2:00 pm4:00 pmEast Grinstead Embroiderers GroupAn Embroidery drop-in group for EVERYONE!2:00 pm - 4:00 pm gmt

21jul6:30 pm8:00 pmMidsummer MusicSt Swithun's Church6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

22jul11:00 am3:00 pmFree Summer Family BarbecueCrowne Plaza Felbridge11:00 am - 3:00 pm

24jul2:00 pm5:00 pmAfternoon Tea at the Movies: SabrinaChequer Mead Theatre2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

26jul7:30 pm10:00 pmThe Sense of an EndingChequer Mead Theatre7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

28jul7:00 pm10:00 pmAndre Rieu 2018 Maastricht ConcertChequer Mead Theatre7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

04aug10:00 am4:00 pmNational Celebration of StitchEast Grinstead Library10:00 am - 4:00 pm gmt

04aug10:00 am12:00 pmMeet your Town CouncillorEast Grinstead Library10:00 am - 12:00 pm GMT

04aug12:00 pm5:30 pmEast Grinstead Cricket Club v Cuckfield CCSussex Premier League12:00 pm - 5:30 pm GMT


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.