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Bluebell Railway

Since March 2013, East Grinstead has become the northern terminus of the prestigious Bluebell Railwa ...

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 ...

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 ...

Millennium Stone & Meridian Line

The Millennium Year 2000 was marked by the placing of a beacon just near East Court Mansion and by t ...

LATEST NEWS

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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2018 SUMMER EVENTS LEAFLET

East Grinstead Summer Events

Our new leaflet detailing the major events happening in the town over the next six months is available to download and also available to pick up from the tourist information in East Grinstead library.

DOWNLOAD HERE

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

 

tue25sep(sep 25)11:00 amsun11nov(nov 11)4:30 pmMr X Stitch guide to Cross Stitch at StandenStanden House(september 25) 11:00 am - (november 11) 4:30 pm

mon15oct10:00 ammon10:30 amToddler TimeEast Grinstead Library10:00 am - 10:30 am gmt

mon15oct10:00 ammon12:30 pmRelax with ColourEast Grinstead Library10:00 am - 12:30 pm gmt

tue16oct9:30 amtue3:30 pmArdingly October Charity FairArdingly South of England Showground9:30 am - 3:30 pm gmt

tue16oct10:00 amtue12:00 pmAdult Board GamesEast Grinstead Library10:00 am - 12:00 pm gmt

tue16oct2:00 pmtue3:00 pmMelody for the MindFortnightly on Tuesdays at East Grinstead Library2:00 pm - 3:00 pm gmt

tue16oct3:30 pmtue4:30 pmJunior Board Games - After School ClubTerm Time only at East Grinstead Library - Free Event3:30 pm - 4:30 pm gmt

tue16oct8:00 pmtue10:00 pmEast Grinstead Folk Dancing ClubUpper Room, Trinity Methodist Church, Lingfield Road8:00 pm - 10:00 pm gmt

wed17oct5:00 pmwed7:00 pmVienna Festival Ballet presents The NutcrackerChequer Mead5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

thu18oct10:30 amthu12:30 pmSilver Sunday Event - Coffee MorningEast Grinstead Library - Free Event10:30 am - 12:30 pm gmt

thu18oct10:30 amthu12:30 pmSilver Sunday Event - East Grinstead LibraryFree Coffee Morning for the over 60's10:30 am - 12:30 pm gmt

thu18oct2:15 pmthu2:45 pmBaby Rhyme TimeEast Grinstead Library - Free Event2:15 pm - 2:45 pm gmt

thu18oct7:30 pmthu10:30 pmNew Music at The Dorset ArmsUpstairs at The Dorset Arms7:30 pm - 10:30 pm gmt

thu18oct7:30 pmthu10:00 pmAbbamaniaChequer Mead7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

fri19oct11:00 amfri11:30 amBaby Rhyme TimeEast Grinstead Library - Free Event11:00 am - 11:30 am 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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