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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 ...

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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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Standen House

    Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden. Come and see a family home and garden brought to life in ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • Kingscote Valley

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

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

 

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

tue09jul(jul 9)9:00 amsun22dec(dec 22)3:00 pmEast Court 250 Year Anniversary ExhibitionEast Court Mansion9:00 am (9) - (december 22) 3:00 pm

mon22jul10:30 am12:30 pmBetter Breathing - COPD Support GroupGlen Vue Community Hub10:30 am - 12:30 pm gmt

mon22jul2:30 pm3:15 pmParacise - Exercise ClassThe Meridian Hall, East Court2:30 pm - 3:15 pm gmt

mon22jul4:25 pm4:25 pmParacise, gentle exercise.East Court4:25 pm - 4:25 pm

tue23jul7:30 pm9:30 pmEast Grinstead Town FC v LewesFriendly7:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

wed24jul7:30 pm10:00 pmChristopher Robin (Film)Chequer Mead7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

wed24jul8:00 pm10:30 pmOpen Mike Night at The Dorset ArmsThe Dorset Arms Pub8:00 pm - 10:30 pm gmt

thu25jul7:00 pm10:00 pmThe Lehman Trilogy- NT LiveChequer Mead7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

fri26jul7:30 pm10:00 pmTotally TINAChequer Mead7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

sat27jul10:30 am12:00 pmGuided tour of historic East GrinsteadEast Grinstead Museum10:30 am - 12:00 pm

sat27jul7:00 pm10:00 pmShall We Dance? - Andre Rieu’s 2019 Maastricht ConcertChequer Mead7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

sat27jul8:00 pm11:00 pmSummer Disco Nights (over 30's)Dorset Arms8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

sat27jul11:30 pm4:30 pmEast Grinstead Cricket Club v Roffey CCSussex Premier League11:30 pm - 4:30 pm GMT

sun28jul12:00 pm5:00 pmEast Grinstead and District Lion's Club Donkey DerbyKing Georges Field, Moat Road12:00 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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