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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2018 SUMMER EVENTS LEAFLET

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.

DOWNLOAD HERE

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 Travelodge:

    TRAVELODGE OPENS ITS FIRST HOTEL IN EAST GRINSTEAD   Travelodge also announces it is looking for eight more hotel sites across West Sussex. This level of ...

  • 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 ...

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

 

sun18nov2:00 pmsun4:00 pmEast Grinstead Hockey Club v Hampstead & WestminsterPremier Division - Men2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

sun18nov6:00 pmsun9:00 pmChristmas Lights and Ice RinkSaint Hill6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

mon19nov10:00 ammon1:00 pmEast Grinstead Embroiderers Talk10:00 am - 1:00 pm

mon19nov10:00 ammon12:30 pmRelax with ColourEast Grinstead Library10:00 am - 12:30 pm gmt

mon19nov10:00 ammon10:30 amToddler TimeEast Grinstead Library10:00 am - 10:30 am gmt

tue20nov10:00 amtue12:00 pmAdult Board GamesEast Grinstead Library10:00 am - 12:00 pm gmt

tue20nov3:30 pmtue4:30 pmJunior Board Games - After School ClubTerm Time only at East Grinstead Library - Free Event3:30 pm - 4:30 pm gmt

tue20nov8:00 pmtue11:00 pmEast Grinstead Jazz ClubDorset Arms, High Street8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

wed21nov7:30 pmwed10:00 pmCopthorne Players present Fiddler on the RoofChequer Mead7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

thu22nov2:15 pmthu2:45 pmBaby Rhyme TimeEast Grinstead Library - Free Event2:15 pm - 2:45 pm gmt

thu22nov7:30 pmthu10:00 pmCopthorne Players present Fiddler on the RoofChequer Mead7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

thu22nov7:30 pmthu9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Wood Village Hall7:30 pm - 9:30 pm gmt

fri23nov11:00 amfri11:30 amBaby Rhyme TimeEast Grinstead Library - Free Event11:00 am - 11:30 am gmt

fri23nov7:30 pmfri10:00 pmCopthorne Players present Fiddler on the RoofChequer Mead7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

sat24nov2:30 pmsat5:00 pmCopthorne Players present Fiddler on the RoofChequer Mead2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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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