Dawn’s Diaries

July is ending and to quote a famous newspaper ‘phew what a scorcher’! Well it certainly was for a moment or two. Let’s hope that August brings some more sunshine, although from where I sit it’s looking a little changeable! Never mind, the town is looking beautiful at the moment whatever- the- weather, helped in no small part by the groups who regularly arrange litter picks. We are fortunate to have so many community minded people living in and around the town and also a number of local businesses who support them in their endeavours.  I would like to thank them all; as a resident and as someone who spends their working life promoting the town.

There is always so much going on in and around East Grinstead and August is no different. it would be impossible to know about everything, however with this monthly round up I will highlight many of the great events coming up and give you some dates for your diaries. Hopefully  there will be no excuses to miss a thing. There will also be a few pointers as to where to look for things to do and perhaps some of you will advise us at the tourist information desk, of any events that you are involved with that we should pass on and encourage people to attend.

Don’t forget that Sackville College is open to the public Thursdays to Sundays https://www.sackvillecollege.org.uk/, look through the latest Chequer Mead programme http://www.chequermead.org.uk/, take some time to visit the Morris and Co exhibition at the stunning Standen NT property https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen-house-and-garden, visit East Grinstead Museum and take a town tour or attend the children’s activity days https://www.eastgrinsteadmuseum.org.uk/  and find out what special events are on at the Bluebell Railway especially the Teddy Bear’s picnic https://www.bluebell-railway.com/.

And If you have any time left here are some dates for your diaries.

East Court 250th Anniversary Exhibition Open now.

East Grinstead Town Council is proud to be the current custodian of East Court. This year an exhibition in the main hall, celebrates the 250th Anniversary of the building. There will also be a family event followed by a Mayoral Quiz on August 6th. Details to follow.
Built in 1769, the house was initially a family home set in 900 acres, including three additional farmsteads.
Over the years it became an army barracks, was squatted and finally home to East Grinstead’s Urban District Council, later to become East Grinstead Town Council.
Come along to East Court, to see how the house has changed in this free an exhibition covering the last 250 years.
Open from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday – College Lane East Grinstead West Sussex RH19 3LT 01342 323636
This exhibition will run through to the end of the year, however opening times may change as events may make the hall inaccessible to the public. Please call to check if exhibition is open.
The exhibition is also available to view online https://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/tourism/leaflet-stand/east-courts-250-anniversary/

Sunday August 4th
East Court Live!
East Grinstead Town Council organizes a series of three annual, outdoor, picnic concerts that take place on the terraces of East Court Mansion; Known as East Court Live!  The three dates take place on the first Sundays of June, July and August.  These are family friendly concerts with free admission starting at 1pm and finishing at 5pm.  There is a bar with a full range of alcoholic/soft drinks and food stalls available all day.  Parking on site is weather dependent, but town center car parks are within walking distance and free on Sundays. The lineup for August is Jenny Green, Simon & Martyn, Deadbeat Angels and Stewart Mac.

Tuesday 6th August 1pm – 4pm
Family Fun Day
East Court, College Lane RH19 3LT
Celebrating the Sestercentennial of East Court, the Town Council invite families to bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of soft play, inflatable total wipe out, bubble party and bungee runs. The activities are suitable for up to 16yrs and are free all afternoon.

Tuesday 6th August from 7pm
Town Mayor’s General Knowledge Quiz
Meridian Hall, East Court, College Lane
Tickets £10pp to include a fish & Chip supper
w.mackenzie@eastgrinstead.gov.uk 01342 335055 www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk

Saturday 10th August 9am
East Grinstead Park Run Celebrates 100
On 10th August, East Grinstead Park Run will be holding their 100th run at East Court. Park Run, open to all, is a weekly 5k community run, and they are going to celebrate by giving something back to our community. All runners and volunteers are being requested to provide donations for East Grinstead Foodbank. Park Run’s team of volunteers will collect and hand over the donations from the day to the Foodbank. Ideas for suitable donations and low stock items can be found herehttps://eastgrinstead.foodbank.org.uk/

Sunday 25TH August 10am – 4pm The Big Revel
High Street East Grinstead.
From the people that brought the Big reveal Christmas event to the High Street; The Big Revel is sure to become an annual summer party. The High Street will be closed to traffic as traders come out to offer something special. Entertainment and street food will fill the town with a great summer vibe. More details will be revealed as the day approaches, but you’ll be in for a real treat.

There are many more events than can be listed here, but hopefully this will give you a bit of a taster. Look at the what’s on calendars of both www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk and www.visiteastgriinstead.com

There is always a full range of leaflets and fliers on offer at the East Grinstead Town Council’s tourist information desk in East Grinstead Library where You are always welcome to pop in and say hello to me or my colleague Roger. You can contact us on 01342 410121 or tourism@eastgrinstead.gov.uk

I will look forward to letting you know all the exciting things coming up for September in next month’s Dawn’s Diary.
Dawn Spalding
Town Promotion Manager: East Grinstead Town Council.

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