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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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Kingscote Valley

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

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

 

sun20jan3:00 pm5:30 pmBallet Theatre UK presents Beauty & the BeastChequer Mead3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

tue22jan7:00 pm10:30 pmEast Grinstead Town Mayor; Charity Music QuizMeridian Hall, East Court.7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

tue22jan8:00 pm10:00 pmEast Grinstead Folk dance ClubTrinity Methodist Church8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

wed23jan7:00 pm10:00 pmNT Live presents The Madness of King George IIIChequer Mead7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

thu24jan7:30 pm9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Village Hall7:30 pm - 9:30 pm gmt

sat26jan2:00 pm4:00 pmEast Grinstead Lacrosse Club v Spencer 2South of England East Division 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMT

tue29jan7:00 pm12:00 amFundraising dinner.Meridian Hall7:00 pm - 12:00 am GMT

tue29jan8:00 pm10:00 pmEast Grinstead Jazz Club Presents...Upstairs at The Dorset Arms8:00 pm - 10:00 pm gmt

thu31jan7:30 pm9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Village Hall7:30 pm - 9:30 pm gmt

fri01febAll DayThe Dance of Earth and VenusThe Sacred Art of Geometry(All Day: friday) gmt

sat02feb3:00 pm5:00 pmEast Grinstead Town FC v HorshamBostik League Division South3:00 pm - 5:00 pm GMT

sat02feb9:00 pm11:00 pmThe SullivansThe Dorset Arms< East Grinstead RH19 3DE9:00 pm - 11:00 pm gmt

sun03febAll DayMeasuring the Earth, Constructing the CosmosSacred Art of Geometry(All Day: sunday) gmt

tue05feb8:00 pm10:00 pmEast grinstead Folk Dance Clubtrinity Methodist Church8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

thu07feb7:30 pm9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Village Hall7:30 pm - 9:30 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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