East Preston Village Festival

What goes on behind the scenes …

Take a look at the Festival Facebook page to see one of the many things going on behind the scenes to prepare for East Preston Festival week.

2018 Festival (1 June to 10 June)

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

The 2018 Festival Programme is now available from local shops and businesses. Don’t forget to pick up your copy. Alternately click here to view the online version.

FESTIVAL THEME

Preparations for the 2018 East Preston Village Festival are well under way and the Festival Committee is already planning a full programme.

The theme for this year’s Festival Parade and Scarecrow Competition is ‘Celebrating the Countries of the World Cup’. The Committee felt we had to acknowledge the most important championship in our national game, however, this theme is not just about football but also celebrates the countries that have qualified, so think customs, costumes and culture.

GREAT EVENING ENTERTAINMENT

Many favourite Festival events will be returning including a Shuffleboard evening, the Phoenix Big Band Night and a Fashion Show. Following on from its successful introduction in 2017, Ristorante al Mare will once again be organising an Opera Night with dinner.

In addition to the well-established programme, new to Festival this year are the pop/rock group Vertigo, one of the top party bands in the South East, and the 2018 top tribute will be Greg Dorrell as Rod Stewart. Featured on TV’s ‘One and Only’ show, Greg is one of the finest Rod tributes in Europe. Another first for 2018 is a Race Night, so come along and enjoy an exciting evening of horse racing and risk a flutter.

PHOTO COMPETITON

In recognition of Sussex Day, held by West Sussex County Council on 16th June each year to celebrate the rich heritage and culture of Sussex, the theme for this year’s photo competition will be ‘Sussex Scenes’. Photos can be emailed to epfestivalphotos@gmail.com

FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY

Fabulous events and activities for all the family are being planned for this year. The Children’s Extravaganza Afternoon will be back on the first Saturday and includes Circus Scene, Robbie the Magician, Punch & Judy, Face Painting and a Lucky Dip. Who Racing’s micro-Scalextrics slot car racing and an exhibition of model railways by Bognor Railway Club will once again be part of the Procession Day entertainment.

Coles Funfair is returning to Lashmar Recreation Ground and will be open on Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June, and the Fun Dog Show on the Village Green on Sunday 10th June is always a great family day out.
(Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all Festival events.)

OPEN GARDENS AND ART TRAIL

One of our most popular events is the Open Gardens and Art Trail and new gardens are always welcome. Many people who open their gardens use the opportunity to raise funds for their favourite charity and some also display the work of our talented local artists. The Open Gardens and Art Trail will take place on Saturday 2nd June and Monday 4th June from 2pm to 5pm. If you would like to take part, whether gardener or artist, please email eastprestonfestival@hotmail.co.uk.

REMINISCENSES EVENT

We are hoping to stage a morning of reminiscences about our village on Saturday 2nd June. Did you grow up in or near East Preston? Do you have happy memories of past Festivals? Do you remember the East Preston of yesterday? If so, we would love to see any photos and hear your anecdotes. If you can help, please contact Festival Chairman Jackie Pilcher on 01903 782783 or email eastprestonfestival@hotmail.co.uk

BOX OFFICES

Due to the closure of Hedgers Newsagents, the Festival Box Offices will be Seaview Stores and Just Because (formally Treats and Treasures). Both are in Sea Road.


A Celebration of Sussex Life Awards 2017 – Festival of the Year

WINNEREAST PRESTON FESTIVAL

Festival of the year award

Winning the Sussex Life ‘Festival of the Year’ on Thursday 28th September is a huge achievement not only for the Festival Committee and the volunteer Festival Makers, but also for all the people of East Preston. Without the amazing support of everyone, East Preston Festival would not be the success it is and has been for the past 36 years. Being Chairman this year, I feel very privileged to be part of a wonderful village where everybody supports each other to bring the community together as one.

The Celebration of Sussex Life Awards has 17 categories that celebrate all that is finest in Sussex Life. We were shortlisted in the Festival of the Year category and members of our Committee were invited to the Metropole Hotel in Brighton for the Awards Evening and to hear the announcement of the winning Festival – US! We have many photos to share with you soon.

This recognition is so richly deserved and is a true testament to the hard work and commitment of so many. Congratulations EVERYONE.

Kerry Frost – Chairman, East Preston Festival
October 2017

2017 Festival and Carnival Photos

Visit Flickr to see the Festival and Carnival photos

East Preston Festival Facebook page
You can now visit and follow the East Preston Festival Facebook page.

Festival Programme

The full programme is now available at the Library and selected Village retail outlets. An online version can be viewed via this link. You can buy your tickets for events, from 21 April.

Friday 2nd June to Sunday 11th June

Preparations for the 2017 East Preston Village Festival are well under way and the Festival Committee is already planning a full programme. The theme for this year’s Festival Parade and Scarecrow Competition is ‘Heroes, Heroines and Villains’ so get planning now. Think of characters from comic books, the movies, fiction, real life – or surprise us with your choice. Favourite Festival events returning are the Craft Fair, Antiques Valuation Day, Funfair, Dog Show, Phoenix Big Band Night and Shuffleboard evening. The Floral Club’s three-day Exhibition of Art and Flowers will be back and celebrating their 50th anniversary.

There will be competitions for everyone and a Festival Prize Draw with fabulous prizes. As well as the regular well-established programme, each year the Committee look for something new to introduce into the Festival and this year, on opening night, we have the fabulous Vox Beatles, the UK’s leading professional authentic Beatles Tribute – come along and recreate the swinging sixties!

The Open Gardens and Art Trail already includes many perennial favourites, but new participants opening their gardens and wishing to exhibit their artwork/handicrafts are always most welcome. We’re not looking for the perfect garden: any size, any style; natural or planned; wild or cultivated – all are of interest to the garden lovers who take the tour. Many people who open their gardens also use the opportunity to raise funds for their favourite charity (by having a sales table, providing teas, organising a raffle) and some gardens display the work of our talented local artists. The Open Gardens and Art Trail will take place on Saturday 3rd June and Monday 5th June from 2pm to 5pm. If you would like to be part of this event, whether gardener or artist, please email eastprestonfestival@hotmail.co.uk

The Festival Committee also organise many other fund-raising events throughout the year, so here are some dates to look forward to:

Indoor Boot Sale – Saturday 11th February, 9.30am to 12 noon, Village Hall
Antiques Market – Sunday 12th March, 10am to 4pm, Village Hall
Diva Girls Tribute Night – Saturday 25th March, 7.30pm to 10.30pm, Village Hall
Craft Fair – Saturday 8th April, 10am to 4pm, Village Hall

 

More information about previous years' festivals