East Preston Village Festival

2015 Festival (Friday 29th May to Sunday 7th June)

Watch this space. Information coming soon.


Video of East Preston Carnival 2014

Message from James Robinson, who made the video…

I am a National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) student at Highbury College. As part of my journalism training, and in fitting with the new technologies journalists have to help illustrate their stories, we were given the option to take a module in Video Journalism. One element of this module was to design, film and edit a small video (2-3 min) that could be used on a local newspaper website. I contacted the Festival Committee and they were happy to let me do this on Carnival Day. My piece was about the annual East Preston Village Festival Carnival that took place in June this year. This is the finished piece that was submitted as part of my final coursework.

Friday 30th May to Sunday 8th June, 2014

Click here for the East Preston Village Festival Photos

Look out for our Festival Information Centre situated at the Village Hall between 10 am and 12 noon from Saturday 31st May to Tuesday 3rd June and at various other locations around the Village on the lead up to the Festival. Full details on all events will be available and Grand Prize Draw tickets will be on sale. Come along and find out more about your Festival.

The full programme of events is now available at the Library and selected Village retail outlets. It is also available on this website.

Click this link for the Full 2014 Programme
Click this link for a key events listing

Latest Updates and News

8 June – The final Sunday and Dog Show photos
7 June – All the Carnival Day photos are now online
7 June – Bollywood comes to East Preston
6 June – Photos of the Prize Giving and all the winners so far.
5 June – Jazz in the Garden, Silver Surfers, Vintage Tea Party photos added.
4 June – Final scarecrows, Open Gardens photos and Event photos added to the Gallery.
2 June – More scarecrows and Open Gardens photos added to the Flickr Gallery.
24 May – Here are the winning children’s poems, sponsored by ‘Owls about Town’.

Competitions, Races and Prize Draw

Take part in the Garden Scarecrow competition – fun for all the family
For more details and information on the prizes click here

There will be a Children’s World Cup Flag Hunt
Click here to find out how to enter

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

Buy tickets for our Grand Prize Draw and a chance to win one of eight fabulous prizes
Click this link to find out what they are

Contact Us

Please feel free to telephone any one of us (details below) with your suggestions or send them to the Festival’s new email address [email protected]

We are also keen to expand our volunteer group to help with some of the tasks, not only during the Festival but before and after. We need your support to make the East Preston Village Festival 2014 a huge success, so if you have any enquiries, comments, suggestions or would like to volunteer to help, please contact us:

Chairman, Ian Gordon – 01903 779720
Vice Chairman, Mike Anstee – 01903 776551
Secretary, Jackie Pilcher – 01903 782783


East Preston Village Festival 2013

Click here for Festival 2013 photos (final update 15 June at 18.00)

2013 Festival Roundup

Summer arrived just in time for the Festival and we were blessed with good weather throughout. There were 98 events spread over ten days with something for everyone. The evening events varied from an Elvis Presley Tribute by Eel Fish Parsley to an Arun Young Musicians Concert, also included were a Fashion Show by M & Co of Littlehampton and the Phoenix Big Band. Day events included a Craft Fair, Antiques and Collectables Market, and the Village Market and Bake Off Café.

On Sunday 2nd June, the British Legion held the Party on the Green with a real ale marquee, boules, live music, a hog roast and the Tug o’ War. On Saturday 8th June we had the Festival Carnival Procession with floats and walking groups, with awards presented to the best dressed float and group. During the Procession through the Village centre, new Butcher, Howards, had an outside BBQ selling super size hamburgers and hot dogs with 50p from each going to Festival Funds. The Procession ended at Lashmar Recreation Ground where we had Coles Funfair and The Family Fun Afternoon which included a demonstration of drumming by the Samba Experience, other stalls included Owls About Town and Creation Station.

The Festival ended with a Dog Show on the Village Green on Sunday 9th June, including Croquet on the Green. Pimms and locally brewed ales were supplied by the Clockhouse Bar and cream teas were served by the Seahorse Cafe. At 4.30pm the Grand Prize Draw took place with fabulous prizes being won.

We are very grateful to our Festival Makers, the volunteers without whose help we would not be able to run so many events so successfully, also to all the Village shops, pubs, bars and organisations for sponsorship, displaying posters and contributing to the celebrations, and to all East Preston residents and visitors who came to events, entered competitions and joined in so wholeheartedly with the spirit of the Festival.

Thank you everyone for your support. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and look forward to seeing you again next year.
The East Preston Festival Committee

For details of this year’s Festival competitions winners click here


East Preston Festival 2012

The East Preston Carnival photos for 2012 are here

In October 2011, Ray Leggett stepped down as the chairman of the East Preston Festival Committee and P J Amoo took over as its 4th Chairman. The festival week (1st – 10th June) coincided with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee week and the joint themes were the celebrations of this event and the Olympics coming to London.

The festival brought the return of many popular events including Ark Nappy Run & Challenge (2 June), Girl Guides Summer Fayre (2 June), Festival Songs of Praise (3 June) and Open Gardens/Art Trail (6/7 June) as well as new events. Two in particular were a ‘Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations’ event on the Village Green (4th June), with free live music by 4 local bands and musicians (including a well known artist). At this event, were various family tug of war competitions and the opportunity to see our version of the Jubilee Baton and the Olympic Torch made by a local resident. The Festival Carnival Procession took place on the 9th June incorporating an Olympic Torch run and a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Baton run. Participants carried the flags of West Sussex, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Olympics as well as a selection of world flags. The procession ended at Lashmar Rec with a funfair and community market event.


East Preston Festival 2011

Here are the 2011 Festival Week Photos – Page 1 and Page 2. For reference, the 2011 Festival Programme and 2011 Festival Competitions are also listed.

From Doug Medhurst, Hon President …
Welcome again to you all for this, our 30th Festival Week, where the intention is for us to have a happy time together in our Village. Our Festival raises money for many local clubs, societies and charities taking part – and also benefits many who are unable to help themselves so well as in the past. Help us to help them. This year the ‘curtain is closing’ on Ray Leggett’s five-year Chairmanship. Thank you, Ray, for your cheerfulness and hard work.


East Preston Festival 2010

The 2010 Festival Week photos are here

The Festival ran from 12th to 20th June (now in its 29th year) and this annual festival was a great opportunity for the entire village to come together for a week of fun and charity fundraising.


East Preston Festival 2009

The 2009 festival was the largest organised with over 90 different events taking place throughout the week. These included coffee mornings, markets, open gardens, live music, tug of war, beer festival, novelty dog show on the green and of course the village carnival procession – to name just a few.

An incredible total of over £42,000 was raised for charity, from the events throughout the week, by all the various clubs, associations, businesses and individuals who worked so very hard, out of this the festival committee raised over £7,000 which was handed out to 35 local charitable causes at the public presentation night on 20th October.