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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 ...

Weir Wood Reservoir Nature Reserve

Weir Wood Reservoir in the Ashdown Forest is mostly water, surrounded by strips of open grassland, s ...

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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2017 EVENTS LISTING LEAFLET

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 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 ...

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

 

21sep1:00 pm- 4:00 pmNational Alzheimer's DayMill View Care Home, Sunnyside Close, East Grinstead

21sep7:30 pm- 10:00 pmTenors Un Limited – Songs From Venice to Vegas with local Choir, Soul TrainChequer Mead

21sep7:45 pm- 10:00 pmEast Grinstead Camera ClubFelbridge Village Hall

23sep4:00 pm- 6:00 pmEast Grinstead Hockey Club v HolcombePremier Division - Ladies

23sep6:00 pm- 8:00 pmEast Grinstead Hockey Club v HolcombePremier Division - Men

25sep10:00 am- 12:00 pmFree English LessonsEast Grinstead Library

26sep2:15 pm- 3:15 pmMelody for the MindEast Grinstead Library, 32 - 40 West Street RH19 4SR

26sep7:00 pm- 11:00 pmEast Grinstead Jazz ClubHigh St, East Grinstead

26sep7:30 pm- 9:15 pmEast Grinstead Town FC v ShorehamBostik League South Division

28sep2:00 pm- 4:00 pmStroke advice. Free event at East Grinstead care home.Mill View, Sunnyside Close

28sep7:45 pm- 10:00 pmEast Grinstead Camera ClubFelbridge Village Hall

29sep10:00 am- 1:00 pmFundraising is a piece of cake for East Grinstead care homeMill View, Sunnyside Close, Dunnings Road

30sep2:00 pm- 4:00 pmCelebrate 100yrs of East Grinstead Girl GuidingMeridian Hall, East Grinstead

30sep3:00 pm- 4:45 pmEast Grinstead Rugby FC v SeafordHarvey's of Sussex Div 1

30sep3:00 pm- 4:45 pmEast Grinstead Town FC v VCD AthleticBostik League South Division

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.