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McIndoe Memorial Statue

On Monday 9 June 2014, after 3 years of hard work and fundraising by the Steering Committee, Martin ...

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 ...

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 2020

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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  • East Grinstead Museum

    Built with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and money raised by the local community, East Grinstead Museum invites you to discover the old market to ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

april

aprCANCELLED - Standen - Spring Garden SpectacularStanden House and GardenMonth Long Event (april) gmt

aprCANCELLED - Standen Tulips - A Spring SpectacularStanden GardensMonth Long Event (april) gmt

sat04apr10:00 am5:00 pmCANCELLED - Branch Line Weekend at the Bluebell RailwayBluebell Railway10:00 am - 5:00 pm

sat04apr2:00 pm4:00 pmCANCELLED - East Grinstead Lacrosse Club v Spencer 3South Division 22:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMT

sun05apr9:30 am3:30 pmCANCELLED - Lingfield Antiques, Collectables and Vintage Fair130 fantastic indoor stalls bristling with all variety of amazing unique and unusual items!9:30 am - 3:30 pm

sun05apr10:00 am5:00 pmCANCELLED - Branch Line Weekend at the Bluebell RailwayBluebell Railway10:00 am - 5:00 pm

tue07apr7:30 pm9:30 pmPLEASE SEE CHEQUER MEAD WEBSITE FOR UPDATE - EAST GRINSTEAD STAMP and POSTCARD CLUBChequer Mead Theatre7:30 pm - 9:30 pm gmt

wed08apr4:00 pm6:00 pmCANCELLED - Youth Afternoon for Children with Disabilities - UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEParent-led Active Play Session4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

thu09apr7:30 pm9:30 pmCANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - Scottish Country DancingAshurst Wood Village Hall7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

fri10apr10:00 am5:00 pmCANCELLED - Springing into Easter with The Bluebell RailwayBluebell Railway10:00 am - 5:00 pm

sat11apr10:00 am5:00 pmCANCELLED - Springing into Easter with The Bluebell RailwayBluebell Railway10:00 am - 5:00 pm

sun12apr10:00 am5:00 pmCANCELLED - Springing into Easter with The Bluebell RailwayBluebell Railway10:00 am - 5:00 pm

mon13apr10:00 am5:00 pmCANCELLED - Springing into Easter with The Bluebell RailwayBluebell Railway10:00 am - 5:00 pm

wed15apr10:00 am3:00 pmPLEASE SEE CHEQUER MEAD FOR UPDATES - COLLECTORS FAIRChequer Mead Theatre10:00 am - 3:00 pm gmt

wed15apr4:00 pm6:00 pmCANCELLED - Youth Afternoon for Children with Disabilities - UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEParent-led Active Play Session4:00 pm - 6:00 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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