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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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  • 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 ...

  • 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

    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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

 

thu21mar7:30 pm9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Village Hall7:30 pm - 9:30 pm gmt

sat23mar10:00 am5:00 pmEast Grinstead Model Railway ClubSackvill School10:00 am - 5:00 pm gmt

sat23mar2:00 pm4:00 pmEast Grinstead Hockey Club v BowdonPremier Division - Ladies2:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMT

sat23mar2:30 pm5:00 pmJumble sale to help young people – come and grab a bargain!1st East Grinstead Scouts2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

sat23mar7:00 pm12:30 amJigsaw Soulth East Spring BallSpa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells7:00 pm - 12:30 am gmt

sat23mar7:00 pm12:30 amJigsaw South East Black Tie Spring BallThe Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells7:00 pm - 12:30 am gmt

mon25mar4:25 pm4:25 pmParacise, gentle exercise.East Court4:25 pm - 4:25 pm

thu28mar7:30 pm9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Village Hall7:30 pm - 9:30 pm gmt

sat30mar3:00 pm5:00 pmEast Grinstead Town FC v Hythe TownBostik League Division South3:00 pm - 5:00 pm GMT

sun31mar2:00 pm4:00 pmEast Grinstead Hockey Club v University of ExeterPremier Division - Men2:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMT

mon01apr4:25 pm4:25 pmParacise, gentle exercise.East Court4:25 pm - 4:25 pm

tue02apr8:00 pm10:00 pmEast Grinstead Folk Dance ClubTrinity Methodist Church8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

thu04apr7:30 pm9:30 pmScottish Country DancingAshurst Village Hall7:30 pm - 9:30 pm gmt

fri05apr8:00 pm10:00 pmFriends of East Grinstead Museum speaker night.East Grinstead Museum8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

sat06apr2:00 pm4:00 pmStitch & ChatterEast Grinstead Library2:00 pm - 4:00 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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