Dawn’s Diaries

Visit East Grinstead

I can’t believe I am writing this, but here we are heading into October…I’m just going to say that again OCTOBER!! I don’t know if you are like me, but I feel as if I have just been in limbo waiting for something to happen and the year has just been rolling by. My head still seems to be very much at the start of summer! Every new day seems to bring changes and it is starting to get difficult to keep up, however, East Grinstead businesses continue to do their utmost to follow the guidance to maintain their safe environments and to protect their visitors and staff.  They are striving to build the confidence that will be necessary as we learn to live with this novel Coronavirus. Please do your best to keep supporting local, wash your hands, cover your faces and make space and that way we will continue to protect our lovely town. 

It is great to hear that the outdoor restaurant seating, that has brought such a buzz into the town this summer, is set to continue for the foreseeable future. This has been very popular and looks so inviting to visitors to the town. Fingers crossed for mild weather in the months ahead. A good call by the Councils working together to make this decision. 

The East Grinstead Jazz Club is returning to the Dorset Arms in the High Street on Tuesday 6th October and the Engine Room and the Apron Café at Chequer Mead are continuing to host small events for seated audiences. These all seem to be working well, but will now have to finish by 10pm at the latest. Talking of The Engine Room..they are bringing a taste of Germany to the town with their first Oktoberfest 17th to 18th October with live music, German beers, Bratwurst & Sauerkraut. Get your Lederhosen ready…ok maybe not! https://theengineroomeg.com/oktoberfest/

For those who prefer staying in as the new going out, East Grinstead Bookshop has created a series of author talks which take place over zoom. These can be booked either by visiting the shop, by phone or online. There are 3 taking place this October and are a great initiative to overcome the lack of space at the venue. https://www.eastgrinsteadbookshop.co.uk/

Standen National Trust can offer house visits without the need to book in advance after 12.30pm weekdays. All other times need to be booked. (check their website for ticketing) https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen-house-and-garden

The Bluebell Railway has a special event 24th -25th October and 31st October – 1st November Explore Bluebell Railway on and…Off the Rails. Goods wagons will feature over the two weekends.  A steam-hauled goods train will be in operation up and down the line on Saturday, and on Sunday there will be shunting displays with a selection of wagons at Horsted Keynes Station. Enjoy added value with displays at the stations of vintage vehicles including buses, cars, tractors, traction engines and much more!  Special measures will be in place for seating in carriages. See the website for details. https://www.bluebell-railway.com/

East Grinstead Museum is open to the public Weds to Sat 10am to 4pm There you will find the story of East Grinstead and the surrounding area from its early beginnings to the present day. https://www.eastgrinsteadmuseum.org.uk/

Next month I hope to be able to share some more events, but in this fast- changing situation there are no guarantees. Please check with venues before heading out for any event in town. Events may be cancelled or venues closed at short notice  and please adhere to all advice and Government restrictions. 

There is always a range of leaflets 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 during library opening hours and ask for inspiration (2pm to 6pm Mon – Weds, 9.30am to 1pm Thurs – Sat) Or make contact on 01342 410121 or tourism@eastgrinstead.gov.uk

Dawn Spalding  Town Promotion Manager: East Grinstead Town Council.

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