East Preston Village Festival

The East Preston Village Festival 2017

Some 2017 Carnival photos are now online

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

East Preston Festival Annual Meeting 2016

The East Preston Festival Annual Meeting opened with Committee Secretary Jackie Pilcher announcing that Kerry Frost will take over as Chairman following the resignation of Ian Gordon. The outgoing Chairman, who has led the Festival since 2013, was thanked for taking over when the future of the Festival was in doubt, for his legacy of trying new events and for establishing the Festival Prize Draw, which has greatly increased revenue, and the popular Scarecrow Competition. Jackie then introduced five new committee members, which brings the committee back to full strength.

During the meeting the many local good causes supported by the Festival received cheques from the distribution of proceeds raised by the Committee led events that took place during this year’s Festival and throughout the year. The total amount given out to these groups was £9,000, making a total of £34,000 that has been ploughed back into the community by the present committee over the last four years. In addition to this, many clubs, societies and charities active in the village raised funds for themselves by holding their own events during the Festival, and groups taking part in the Procession collected a record-breaking £1,682.62 for their own causes from street collections on the day. These are separate sums which do not pass through the hands of the Festival Committee but go directly to the groups concerned.

New Chairman, Kerry Frost, told the meeting she is honoured to have been elected and looks forward to another successful year. She praised the Committee for their hard work and commitment and thanked East Preston Parish Council for assisting financially by covering the insurance for Festival events and expressed how grateful the Committee are to the Council for this financial commitment and for their general encouragement. She also thanked the Festival Makers and the Procession Marshals, without whom it would not be possible to stage the Festival and who contribute so much to its success. Committee members and volunteers have always given their services free, their aim being to promote East Preston and help unite the community. She also praised the people of East Preston for their continued support and patronage of events and said that their wholehearted involvement helps make it a village to be proud of.

The 2017 East Preston Festival will take place from Friday 2nd June to Sunday 11th June and is already in the planning stage. The theme for the Carnival Procession and Scarecrow Competition will be ‘Heroes, Heroines and Villains’.

Click here for a full list of organisations receiving donations in 2016.

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