Dawn’s Diaries

So here we are over half way through the year, the longest day is behind us, but the summer certainly isn’t. East Grinstead is blooming marvelous at the moment and I mean that literally! The High Street flower beds celebrating anniversaries of local significance are looking very beautiful at the moment and this is fantastic news as the judging for the South East InBloom competition is at the beginning of July. With this in mind perhaps you all could take a few moments to make sure the town looks its best and keep everywhere clean and tidy. East Grinstead has achieved silver gilt awards in the last few years, but this year we’re going for gold!

There is always so much going on in and around East Grinstead and 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 https://www.eastgrinsteadmuseum.org.uk/  and find out what special events are on at the Bluebell Railway https://www.bluebell-railway.com/.

And If you have anytime 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.


Sunday July 7th

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. July.  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 centre car parks are within walking distance and free on Sundays. The lineup for July is Lauren V, Skuffle, VOX and Naked Bass.

Tuesday 9th July from 7pm

Town Mayor’s Music Quiz

Meridian Hall, East Court, College Lane

Tickets £12.50pp to include a filipino supper

w.mackenzie@eastgrinstead.gov.uk 01342 335055 www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk


SUNDAY, 28TH JULY 12.00 – 17.00 East Grinstead Lions ANNUAL DONKEY DERBY,

 King Georges Field, Moat Road, East Grinstead, RH19 3LN. Fun and entertainment for all the family – including Donkey Races, Donkey Rides, Fun Dog Show (with rosettes), Punch & Judy Show, Fun Fair, Beer Tent, Stalls, Refreshments.  DON’T MISS IT!  FREE ENTRY (small charge for on-field parking)


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 July in next month’s Dawn’s Diary.

Dawn Spalding

Town Promotion Manager: East Grinstead Town Council.

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