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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 ...

Weir Wood Reservoir Nature Reserve

Weir Wood Reservoir in the Ashdown Forest is mostly water, surrounded by strips of open grassland, s ...

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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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

 

sat06apr(apr 6)9:00 amsun12may(may 12)10:00 pmEAST GRINSTEAD MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2019Chequer Mead9:00 am (6) - (may 12) 10:00 pm

mon15apr(apr 15)11:00 amsun19may(may 19)5:00 pmTulip Festival at Standen National Trust11:00 am (15) - (may 19) 5:00 pm

thu25apr2:00 pm5:00 pmOn Chesil Beach (Film)Chequer Mead2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

thu25apr7:30 pm9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Village Hall7:30 pm - 9:30 pm gmt

sat27apr9:00 am4:00 pmOpen Day at East Grinstead Sports ClubHealth and Wellbeing Open Day for East Grinstead Residents9:00 am - 4:00 pm

sat27apr10:30 am12:30 pmSt Mary's annual Plant SaleSt Mary's Church, Windmill Lane10:30 am - 12:30 pm

sat27apr2:00 pm4:00 pmStitch & ChatterEast Grinstead Library2:00 pm - 4:00 pm gmt

sat27apr3:00 pm5:00 pmEast Grinstead Town FC v Faversham TownBostik League Division South3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

sat27apr7:30 pm11:00 pm‘Nostalgia’ – Disco/Social for AdultsFelbridge Village Hall7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

sun28apr9:00 am5:00 pmClassic Bus Running DayHigh St east Grinstead9:00 am - 5:00 pm

sun28apr1:00 pm5:00 pmEast Grinstead Cricket Club v Holmesdale CCCup: ECB National Club Championship1:00 pm - 5:00 pm GMT

mon29apr2:30 pm3:15 pmParacise - Exercise ClassThe Meridian Hall, East Court2:30 pm - 3:15 pm gmt

mon29apr4:25 pm4:25 pmParacise, gentle exercise.East Court4:25 pm - 4:25 pm

tue30apr2:00 pm5:00 pmAfternoon Tea at the movies: The Best Exotic Marigold HotelChequer Mead2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

tue30apr6:00 pm7:00 pmHallmark Travel - Tuesday Travelling Tales - 30th April 2019 - A Taste of Asia6:00 pm - 7:00 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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