East Preston Village Festival

East Preston Festival 2016 (35th Anniversary Year)

Friday 3rd June to Sunday 12th June


13 June – The first three photo albums from Festival Week are now available. Click the PHOTOS link at the top or go directly to the Dog Show, Carnival or the Open Gardens photo album. Watch out for more photos during the coming days.

15 June – WHO Racing Slot CarsHere’s a link to the photos taken at this event


A full programme of events is now in place for this year’s Festival with the Barn Dance, hosted once again by Squinty McGinty’s Band, on Saturday 4th June; a Shuffleboard Evening on Monday 6th June; the popular Phoenix Big Band on Thursday 9th June and, on Friday 10th June, an Elton John Tribute Night, performed by Paul Bacon, winner of the 2013 National Tribute Awards. You won’t believe you’re not watching the real thing! Tickets will be on sale from the usual box offices from 25th April.

Please note that we will no longer be serving alcohol at Festival Committee evening events, only soft drinks will be on sale. However, you are welcome to bring your own beer and wine (no glasses, please – plastic ‘glasses’ will be available).

Festival favourites returning are the Craft Fair, Antiques Valuation Morning, the 29 Charity and Community Market; the Antiques and Collectables Market; a Scarecrow Tour and the Open Gardens and Art Trail. As well as the events led by the Festival Committee, please support the many other fund-raising events organised by individuals and community groups under the umbrella of the Festival to raise money or awareness for their own cause or in support of their favourite charities. The Festival Carnival Parade will be on Saturday 11th June and the Fun Novelty Dog Show on Sunday 12th June. The theme for this year’s Festival Parade is ‘Children’s Book Characters’, so come along and see if your favourite kids’ fiction is represented.

There will be fun for all the family starting with a Punch & Judy Show at the Seaview Hotel on Friday 3rd June. Enjoy traditional children’s entertainment with two shows between 3pm and 6pm while trying the tasty Seaview barbecue. On Monday 6th June Scotty’s Circus Workshop will be at Warren Cricket Field from 10am to 1pm where children (and adults!) can have a go at various circus skills such as plate spinning, juggling, diabolos and walking on stilts. On Saturday 11th June Who Racing will once again be in the Warren Room at the Village Hall from 10am to 3pm to host Micro-Scalextrics Slot Car Racing; in the Miller Barn there will be an Exhibition of Model Railways by members of the Bognor Railway Club and from 10am to 4pm we will have a 5 inch gauge Live Steam Train in the Village Hall Car Park. Take a ride on this beautiful miniature steam train for only 50p. Coles Funfair is returning to Lashmar Recreation Ground and will be open from 6pm on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th June and from 1pm on Saturday 11th June. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all Festival events.

There are also many other events staged by local clubs and pubs throughout Festival Week, Including the fabulous Party on the Green with its traditional tug of war; music evenings at the Clockhouse Bar; Bingo nights at the Royal British Legion Club and live music from Miller Anderson and Bob Brookes at the Seaview Hotel. Local Sports Clubs have events for non-members, so try your hand at golf, badminton, tennis and bowls or challenge the chess champs at the Seaview Hotel. Arun Duplicate Bridge Club will be holding a Festival Bridge Drive, all players welcome.

More Information, and Downloadable PDFs

The full programme will be delivered to all households in East Preston. It is also available at the Library and selected Village retail outlets, and can be viewed on this website.
Click this link for the Full 2016 Programme

Take part in the Front Garden Scarecrow competition
For more details and information on the prizes click here

There will be a Children’s Shop Window Book Hunt competition
Click here to find out how to enter

Once again we are holding a Festival Photo Competition
Click this link to find out more

The Festival Prize Draw with fabulous prizes
Click this link to find out what they are

Road Closures for East Preston Carnival
Click this link for details and timings

Contact the Festival Committee

If you have any enquiries, comments or suggestions, or would like to join our volunteer team of ‘Festival Makers’ please email eastprestonfestival@hotmail.co.uk


More information about previous years' festivals