Welcome to East Grinstead

On a sandstone ridge beside the Ashdown Forest, East Grinstead is capital of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Come and explore our ancient market town with its Medieval High Street, discover its fascinating history and the people who shaped it.

The town has something for every visitor – the ancient buildings are now home to a variety of friendly independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants – including a historic coaching inn. For lovers of the great outdoors, the town has a wealth of waymarked paths and a national long distance trail runs through the town on the Greenwich Meridian.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our special town…

Discover East Grinstead

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Local attractions & Tourist Hot Spots

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WHAT’S ON

In and Around East Grinstead

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SHOPPING

We have many vibrant retail shops

WHERE TO SHOP

FOOD & DRINK

Enjoy our many bars, coffee shops & restaurants

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

ACCOMMODATION

Places to Stay in and Around East Grinstead

WHERE TO STAY

Latest News

Lions Donkey Derby – TBC

April 14th, 2021|0 Comments

East Grinstead Lions are pleased to announce that this year's Donkey Derby is scheduled for July 25th, 2021, on St. George's Field in East Grinstead. This is subject to cancellation in event of changes to [...]

Al Fresco dining at Ashdown Park

April 9th, 2021|0 Comments

Ashdown Park are planning to open on the 12th April for Alfresco Dining, lunch and Afternoon Tea. They are now taking bookings by phone on 01342 824988, and will be open daily from 12.00pm, last [...]

WHATS ON IN EAST GRINSTEAD

31mar(mar 31)10:00 am18apr(apr 18)4:00 pmDennis & Gnasher’s Big Bonanza at WakehurstWakehurst Place(march 31) 10:00 am - (april 18) 4:00 pm

20apr7:15 pm9:15 pmVirtual EventThe Marriage Course OnlineJubilee Community Church7:15 pm - 9:15 pm

07may10:30 am4:30 pmWillow weaving workshopWakehurst Place10:30 am - 4:30 pm

20may9:00 am5:00 pmBluebell Railway ReopeningBluebell Railway9:00 am - 5:00 pm

04jun10:30 am4:30 pmWillow weaving workshopWakehurst Place10:30 am - 4:30 pm

02jul6:30 pm9:30 pmFisher Stevens: Elvis Does CabaretChequer Mead Theatre6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

16jul10:30 am4:30 pmWillow weaving workshopWakehurst Place10:30 am - 4:30 pm

28aug7:30 pm10:30 pmVoodoo RoomChequer Mead Theatre7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

10sep7:30 pm9:30 pmLipstick on Your CollarChequer Mead Theatre7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

17sep10:30 am4:30 pmWillow weaving workshopWakehurst Place10:30 am - 4:30 pm

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POPULAR TOURIST HOT SPOTS

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Wakehurst

WAKEHURST PLACE Kew’s garden in Sussex Wonderful Wakehurst! Whatever the time of year, the grounds of Wakehurst are a sight to behold. Wander through ornamental [...]

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East Court

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 [...]

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.

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