Kingscote Valley

       Kingscote Valley is an exciting new tourism destination consisting of 2000 acres of beautiful ...

McIndoe Memorial Statue

On Monday 9 June 2014, after 3 years of hard work and fundraising by the Steering Committee, Martin ...

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 ...

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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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LIST OF LOCAL SERVICES AVAILABLE DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

Click on the link below to see what services are available during this Coronavirus outbreak lockdown. The list is put together and managed by East Grinstead Business Association.

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WELCOME TO EAST GRINSTEAD 2020

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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  • Historic High Street

    The focal point of East Grinstead’s charm and old Market Town reputation is the conservation area in and around the historic High Street. It’s not too har ...

  • 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 ...

  • McIndoe Memorial Statue

    On Monday 9 June 2014, after 3 years of hard work and fundraising by the Steering Committee, Martin Jennings’ statue in memorial to Sir Archibald McIndoe, ...

  • 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 ...

  • Kingscote Valley

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

  • 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 ...

WHAT’S ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

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mon20jul(jul 20)11:00 amfri04sep(sep 4)5:00 pmVirtual EventVirtual Events for ChildrenFree online events(july 20) 11:00 am - (september 4) 5:00 pm gmt

mon20jul(jul 20)11:00 amfri04sep(sep 4)5:00 pmVirtual EventSummer Playdays - Online EventsFree online events for under 10's(july 20) 11:00 am - (september 4) 5:00 pm gmt

mon10aug2:30 pm3:15 pmParacise, gentle exercise for allMeridian Hall2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

tue11aug11:30 am12:15 pmParacise, gentle exercise for all.Meridian Hall11:30 am - 12:15 pm

wed12aug4:00 pm6:00 pmCANCELLED - Youth Afternoon for Children with Disabilities - UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEParent-led Active Play Session4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

thu13aug7:30 pm9:30 pmCANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - Scottish Country DancingAshurst Wood Village Hall7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

mon17aug(aug 17)10:00 amfri21(aug 21)4:00 pm2020 Summer Cricket CampEast Grinstead Sports Club10:00 am - 4:00 pm (21)

mon17aug2:30 pm3:15 pmParacise, gentle exercise for allMeridian Hall2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

tue18aug11:30 am12:15 pmParacise, gentle exercise for all.Meridian Hall11:30 am - 12:15 pm

wed19aug4:00 pm6:00 pmCANCELLED - Youth Afternoon for Children with Disabilities - UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEParent-led Active Play Session4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

fri21aug6:00 pm10:00 pmRail Ale on the Bluebell RailwayBluebell Railway6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

mon24aug2:30 pm3:15 pmParacise, gentle exercise for allMeridian Hall2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

tue25aug11:30 am12:15 pmParacise, gentle exercise for all.Meridian Hall11:30 am - 12:15 pm

wed26aug4:00 pm6:00 pmCANCELLED - Youth Afternoon for Children with Disabilities - UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEParent-led Active Play Session4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

mon31aug2:30 pm3:15 pmParacise, gentle exercise for allMeridian Hall2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

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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