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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

  • Kingscote Valley

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

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Chequer Mead

    Chequer Mead is fast becoming one of the best entertainment venues in the South East. With a programme offering something for everyone, you may be pleasan ...

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

 

23may7:30 pm10:00 pmDusty and the Shades of the 60’sChequer Mead Theatre7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

24may2:15 pm2:45 pmBaby Rhyme TimeAll Babies and Toddlers Welcome!2:15 pm - 2:45 pm gmt

25may11:00 am11:30 amBaby Rhyme TimeAll Babies and Toddlers Welcome!11:00 am - 11:30 am gmt

25may7:30 pm10:00 pmA Doll’s HouseChequer Mead Theatre7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

26may12:00 pm5:30 pmEast Grinstead Cricket Club v Preston NomadsSussex Premier League12:00 pm - 5:30 pm GMT

26may7:30 pm10:00 pmBARRY STEELE & FRIENDS Presents THE ROY ORBISON STORYChequer Mead Theatre7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

27may12:00 pm5:30 pmEast Grinstead Cricket Club v Brighton Brunswick CCSussex Premier League12:00 pm - 5:30 pm GMT

29may2:00 pm4:00 pmMelody for the MindA singing group for people, their families & carers, living with dementia & Parkinson's disease2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

29may3:30 pm4:30 pmBoard Games After School ClubTerm Time Only.3:30 pm - 4:30 pm gmt

30may2:00 pm5:00 pmAfternoon Tea at the Movies: Annie HallChequer Mead Theatre2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

31may2:15 pm2:45 pmBaby Rhyme TimeAll Babies and Toddlers Welcome!2:15 pm - 2:45 pm gmt

31may7:30 pm10:00 pmTHE BLUES BAND - 40 YEARS AND BACK FOR MOREChequer Mead Theatre7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

01jun(jun 1)10:00 am03(jun 3)5:00 pmWest Dean Arts & Craft FestivalArts & Conservation10:00 am (1) - 5:00 pm (3) gmt

01jun11:00 am11:30 amBaby Rhyme TimeAll Babies and Toddlers Welcome!11:00 am - 11:30 am gmt

02jun10:00 am12:00 pmMeet your Town CouncillorEast Grinstead Library10:00 am - 12:00 pm 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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