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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 ...

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 ...

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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WELCOME TO EAST GRINSTEAD 2019

Welcome to East Grinstead

Download our ‘Welcome to East Grinstead’ leaflet detailing local tourist attractions and things to do in and around the town. The leaflet is also available to pick up from the tourist information in East Grinstead library.

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Sackville College

    The College has been a functioning almshouse for almost 400 years, built with a bequest from the will of Robert Sackville, Earl of Dorset. His will provid ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

february

sat18jan(jan 18)11:00 amsun29mar(mar 29)3:00 pmStanden - The Age of ElectricityStanden House and Garden(january 18) 11:00 am - (march 29) 3:00 pm gmt

febHalf Term at Standen - Bright Sparks TrailStanden House and GardenMonth Long Event (february) gmt

mon17feb(feb 17)3:00 pmfri21(feb 21)4:00 pmFebruary Half Term ActivitiesActive fun for all ages at East Grinstead Sports Club 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (21)

wed19feb10:00 am5:00 pmKids for a QuidBluebell Railway10:00 am - 5:00 pm

wed19feb10:00 am3:00 pmCOLLECTORS FAIRChequer Mead Theatre10:00 am - 3:00 pm gmt

wed19feb4:00 pm6:00 pmYouth Afternoon for Children with DisabilitiesParent-led Active Play Session4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

thu20feb10:00 am5:00 pmKids for a QuidBluebell Railway10:00 am - 5:00 pm

thu20feb7:30 pm9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Wood Village Hall7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

fri21feb10:00 am5:00 pmKids for a QuidBluebell Railway10:00 am - 5:00 pm

fri21feb7:30 pm9:30 pmEast Grinstead Society MeetingEast Court Mansion7:30 pm - 9:30 pm gmt

sat22feb10:00 am5:00 pmKids for a QuidBluebell Railway10:00 am - 5:00 pm

sat22feb2:00 pm4:00 pmHigh School MusicalChequer Mead Theatre2:00 pm - 4:00 pm gmt

sun23feb10:00 am5:00 pmKids for a QuidBluebell Railway10:00 am - 5:00 pm

sun23feb12:30 pm2:30 pmEast Grinstead Hockey Club v Hampstead & WestminsterPremier Division - Ladies12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

sun23feb2:30 pm4:30 pmEast Grinstead Hockey Club v SurbitonPremier Division - Men2:30 pm - 4:30 pm GMT

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.

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