A guide to life in East Preston
Many know East Preston as a popular seaside village between Worthing and Littlehampton. It is home to some of the most beautiful properties in Sussex and is also becoming increasingly popular for people interested in buying holiday homes.
For those of you looking for a new home and have maybe not familiar with East Preston, we’ve pulled together this helpful guide, with everything you need to know about moving to this idyllic village by the sea!
History of East Preston village
Once a small farming community which the Normans took over from the Saxons in 1066, East Preston was first called “Prestetune” which meant “priests’ settlement”.
In the 20th century, the traditional farming life became a thing of the past and the population boomed from a few hundred to over 5,000 by the end of the century.
Today, East Preston is somewhat different from its previous farming community roots, however a lot of its original charm remains. Many of the old buildings remain, and if you go for a wander around the village, you’ll notice some of the beautiful slate rooves – and even thatch! – that are dotted around.
Interesting fact: the famous actor, Stanley Holloway and his wife were buried at the church of St Mary the Virgin having lived in nearby Angmering for several years.
Properties in East Preston
There are lots of attractive detached properties around East Preston, as well as many beautiful bungalows and apartments in the village, both for sale and rent. There are also the prestigious and private marine estates right on the beachfront.
More recently there have been some lovely new developments. Tudor Lodge – an exclusive development of just 5 cottages and 2 apartments is particularly lovely and just a stone’s throw from the seafront.
Wining and dining in East Preston
Rustington village can be found approximately two miles away, with a more comprehensive range of facilities including a good choice of independent shops together with a Waitrose and several other well-known High Street brandings including Iceland, WH Smith, Tesco, Next and Sainsbury’s. There is also the popular (and dog-friendly) Establo Lounge, offering delicious food and funky décor.
East Preston lifestyle
The annual East Preston Festival runs for 10 days at the end of May each year and has been a popular local event since it began in 1981. It even won a Festival of the year Award in 2017!
East Preston has a non-league football club founded in 1966 – East Preston F.C. which plays at The Lashmar on Lashmar Road. There is also a variety of sporting facilities nearby such as Littlehampton Wave leisure centre and pool, Angmering Lawn Tennis Club and Lanes Health Club in Rustington.
For those who like to get out for a nice walk, try nearby Angmering woods which are particularly beautiful in spring when the bluebells come out. There is of course the beautiful East Preston beach, which is much quieter than other seafronts. The beach in Ferring is also worth a visit, where you take your dog for a walk and treat yourself to a lovely breakfast at the dog-friendly beachside Bluebird Café.
Fun things to do with the kids in East Preston
For the ideal way to wear out the young ones, you can’t beat Out of Bounds. Bowling, clip and climb, golf and soft play – it offers something for all ages.
Mewsbrook Park in Rustington is a favourite park to take the kids to in the local area. They can run free in the adventure playground, play a game of football or feed the ducks in the pond.
Nearby Ferring Country Centre is also worth a visit. You can meet the donkeys, alpacas and lots of other farm animals at Dales Farm and the young ones can burn off energy in the outdoor play area.
East Preston transport links
The nearest railway station can be found at Angmering with links to London (Victoria) taking around 1 ½ hours. East Preston is approximately 64 miles from London and 20 miles from Brighton. A local bus service also takes you to the surrounding areas.
East Preston schools
The area is served with schools for all ages, with the nearest schools being East Preston Infant School, East Preston Junior School, Angmering Secondary School and St Margaret’s Secondary School.
Thinking of moving to East Preston? Visit our website here to see our latest properties available. Looking for a new build home? Take a look at Tudor Lodge, our brand new development just moments from the beach in East Preston.
Our team of local experts can help you find your perfect new home. Contact our Michael Jones Rustington branch on 01903 850850, or if you’d like to speak to one of our New Homes team call 01903 228601.
Content accurate at time of publishing.