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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 ...

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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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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Kingscote Valley

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

 

fri15feb(feb 15)10:00 amsat16mar(mar 16)5:00 pmCart Lodge ArtistsChristian Community Forest Row10:00 am (15) - (march 16) 5:00 pm gmt

sat23feb3:00 pm5:00 pmEast Grinstead Town FC v Hastings UtdBostik League Division South3:00 pm - 5:00 pm GMT

sat23feb4:00 pm6:00 pmEast Grinstead Hockey Club v BuckinghamPremier Division - Ladies4:00 pm - 6:00 pm GMT

sat23feb7:30 pm10:00 pmA Viennese Strauss GalaChequer Mead7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

sun24feb12:00 pm2:00 pmEast Grinstead Hockey Club v Brooklands Manchester UniversityPremier Division - Men12:00 pm - 2:00 pm GMT

sun24feb2:15 pm3:30 pmEast Grinstead Town Action Group Litter PickSt Luke's Meeting Room, Quarry Rise2:15 pm - 3:30 pm gmt

mon25feb7:00 pm9:00 pmGurkha at The Woodcock InnThe Woodcock Inn7:00 pm - 9:00 pm gmt

tue26feb11:30 am12:15 pmParacise Exercise ClassFree Taster Class11:30 am - 12:15 pm gmt

tue26feb7:30 pm9:30 pmEast Grinstead Town FC v HorshamBostik League Division South7:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

tue26feb8:00 pm11:00 pmEast Grinstead Jazz ClubThe Dorset Arms Pub8:00 pm - 11:00 pm gmt

wed27feb10:00 am11:30 amMaking the most of ITWith Age UK10:00 am - 11:30 am gmt

thu28feb7:30 pm9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Village Hall7:30 pm - 9:30 pm gmt

thu28feb8:00 pm11:00 pmLuke JacksonThe Dorset Arms, High Street East Grinstead RH19 3DE8:00 pm - 11:00 pm gmt

thu28feb8:00 pm11:00 pmLuke Jackson & Guest Elliott MeldrumThe Dorset Arms Pub8:00 pm - 11:00 pm gmt

fri01mar10:00 am1:00 pmSouth East England Group VisitsSaint HIll Manor10:00 am - 1:00 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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