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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 ...

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 ...

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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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  • Wakehurst

    Kew's garden in Sussex Wonderful Wakehurst! Whatever the time of year, the grounds of Wakehurst are a sight to behold. Wander through ornamental gardens, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

 

sat01jun(jun 1)11:00 amsun10nov(nov 10)4:30 pmMorris & Co. - Inspired by NatureStanden House and Garden11:00 am (1) - (november 10) 4:30 pm gmt

mon24jun(jun 24)9:00 amfri28(jun 28)3:00 pmEast Court 250 year anniversay exhibitionEast Court Mansion9:00 am (24) - 3:00 pm (28) gmt

tue25jun(jun 25)9:00 amsat29(jun 29)3:00 pmEast Court 250 year anniversay exhibitionEast Court Mansion9:00 am (25) - 3:00 pm (29) gmt

wed26jun(jun 26)9:00 amsun30(jun 30)3:00 pmEast Court 250 year anniversay exhibitionEast Court Mansion9:00 am (26) - 3:00 pm (30) gmt

thu27junmon01julEast Court 250 year anniversay exhibitionEast Court Mansion9:00 am - (july 1) 3:00 pm gmt

thu27jun7:00 pm10:00 pmSmall IslandChequer Mead7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

thu27jun7:30 pm10:30 pmZita Tatrai - At Hay & StrawHay & Straw Restaurant7:30 pm - 10:30 pm gmt

fri28jun(jun 28)9:00 amtue02jul(jul 2)3:00 pmEast Court 250 year anniversay exhibitionEast Court Mansion9:00 am - (july 2) 3:00 pm gmt

fri28jun8:00 pm10:00 pmRich Hall LiveChequer Mead8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

sat29jun10:00 am2:00 pm29th Annual Charity Sleep OutOver Night - East Grinstead High Street 10:00 am - 2:00 pm gmt

sat29jun10:30 am12:00 pmGuided tour of historic East GrinsteadEast Grinstead Museum10:30 am - 12:00 pm

sat29jun11:00 am3:00 pmArmed Forces Day 2019East Court11:00 am - 3:00 pm

sat29jun11:00 am3:00 pmArmed Forces Day 2019East Court Mansion11:00 am - 3:00 pm gmt

sat29jun(jun 29)12:00 pmtue02jul(jul 2)5:30 pmSt Swithun's Festival of ArtSt Swithun's Church12:00 pm - (july 2) 5:30 pm

sat29jun2:00 pm4:00 pmStitch & ChatterEast Grinstead Library2:00 pm - 4:00 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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