Dawn’s Diaries

Dawn’s Diaries

We are now in the months of mellow fruitfulness falling between the summer and Christmas and the town seems to take a little rest, but there will always be much going on in and around East Grinstead. It would be impossible to know about everything, however with this monthly round up I will highlight some 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.

Look through the latest Chequer Mead programme http://www.chequermead.org.uk/, take some time to visit the Morris and Co exhibition and a Happy Harvest Trail at the stunning Standen NT property https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen-house-and-garden , visit East Grinstead Museum and take in the temporary exhibition Villages at War or attend one of the many talks https://www.eastgrinsteadmuseum.org.uk/  and find out what special events are on at the Bluebell Railway https://www.bluebell-railway.com/.

Live music and comedy events pop up around East Grinstead on a regular basis, especially as the darker evenings approach, so keep your eyes open and regularly check venues you’d expect to find them; Chequer Mead Theatre, The Dorset Arms, The Ship and The Railway Tavern, but also keep checking smaller more intimate and unusual venues such as The Open Arms, The Engine Room, Hay & Straw and …The Book Shop!

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

East Grinstead Museum

Autumn themed children’s Arts and Crafts Day 29th October 10.30am – 3pm

Summer may be over but East Grinstead Museum have lots of things to brighten up your Autumn!

Join them for crafts and games for all the family. Create, colour, play and make things to take home. Go for an hour or stay all day!

Drop in – 4 years and above

£3 per child

Calling all Witches and Wizards!

Bluebell Railway is inviting all witches and wizards, ghosts and ghouls, to a spooky gathering this October half term!

Head to Horsted Keynes Station for Halloween fun and games, including a fancy dress competition, crafty fun, and much more from Saturday 26th October – Sunday 3rd November.

Visitors on Halloween (31st October) will also enjoy extra spooky fun, including pumpkin lighting, a disco for small children, and an additional evening train.

Lost your broom?

Catch a steam train from Sheffield Park Station or East Grinstead Station to join in the fun!


October 26th – 30th & November 1st-3rd

  • Adult Rover – 3rd class: £16.00
  • Child Rover – 3rd class: £8.00
  • Family Rover (1 adult & 3 children) – 3rd class: £28.00
  • Family Rover (2 adults & 3 children) – 3rd class: £44.00
  • Bluebell Adult Member – Adult Rover – 3rd class: £8.00
  • Bluebell Child Member – Child Rover – 3rd class: £4.00
  • Bluebell Family Member – Family Rover (2 adults & 3 children) – 3rd class: £22.00
  • Dog: £2.00

Halloween – October 31st

  • Adult: £23.00
  • Child: £11.50
  • Family (2 adults & 3 children): £57.50
  • Bluebell Adult Member: £11.50
  • Bluebell Child Member: £5.75
  • Bluebell Family Member (2 adults & 3 children): £28.75

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.visiteastgrinstead.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 November in next month’s Dawn’s Diary.

Dawn Spalding

Town Promotion Manager: East Grinstead Town Council.



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