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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 ...

McIndoe Memorial Statue

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

Kingscote Valley

       Kingscote Valley is an exciting new tourism destination consisting of 2000 acres of beautiful ...

Chequer Mead

Located in the heart of East Grinstead, Chequer Mead Theatre is one of the best venues for entertain ...

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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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  • Shopping Bag Promotion

    We have heavy-duty, hessian, shopping bags for sale at £2 each - from the Tourist Desk in East Grinstead Library ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 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 ...

  • 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, ...

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 Mansion(july 9) 9:00 am - (december 22) 3:00 pm

sat10aug(aug 10)11:00 amsun25(aug 25)3:00 pmBags of Fun at StandenStanden National trust11:00 am (10) - 3:00 pm (25)

sat17aug(aug 17)9:00 amsun25(aug 25)4:00 pmPhotography ExhibitionMartells, Whitehall Parade9:00 am (17) - 4:00 pm (25)

mon19aug4:25 pm4:25 pmParacise, gentle exercise.East Court4:25 pm - 4:25 pm

tue20aug6:00 pm7:00 pmHallmark Travel - Tuesday Travelling Tales -20th August 20196:00 pm - 7:00 pm

tue20aug7:30 pm9:30 pmEast Grinstead Town FC v GuernseyBet Victor Isthmian League South East Division7:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

sat24aug9:30 am5:30 pmTeddy Bears Picnic; Bluebell RailwayBluebell Railway9:30 am - 5:30 pm

sat24aug3:00 pm4:00 pmThe Golden MountainEast Grinstead Library3:00 pm - 4:00 pm gmt

sun25aug9:30 am5:30 pmTeddy Bears Picnic; Bluebell RailwayBluebell Railway9:30 am - 5:30 pm

sun25aug10:00 am4:00 pmThe Big RevelHigh Street East Grinstead10:00 am - 4:00 pm

sun25aug2:30 pm4:30 pmEast Grinstead Rugby FC v HellinglyFriendly2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

mon26aug9:30 am5:30 pmTeddy Bears Picnic; Bluebell RailwayBluebell Railway9:30 am - 5:30 pm

mon26aug3:00 pm5:00 pmEast Grinstead Town FC v Hastings UtdBet Victor Isthmian League South East Division3:00 pm - 5:00 pm GMT

mon26aug4:25 pm4:25 pmParacise, gentle exercise.East Court4:25 pm - 4:25 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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