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What Is Life Like In Rustington?
Rustington is a pretty village, located midway between the Sussex cities of Chichester and Brighton. The charming coastal village has a population of a small town (14,000) and the facilities to go with it – including 80 independent and High Street stores!
With olde worlde thatched cottages mixed with new homes, Rustington seamlessly blends the old and new with a fantastic community feel.
History Of Rustington
Rustington was a sleepy, agricultural community, until machinery replaced the traditional horse drawn agriculture during the 19th century. During this time, the area saw visitors from London and the surrounding towns flock to it, to take in the fresh sea air, as the nearby railway was opened in 1846.
The first brickfield opened in 1867 to cope with demand for homes. Meanwhile nurseries sprung up, growing crops on the farmland to provide the food required to feed a growing population. Both home-building and the nurseries became the main streams of income for village residents.
American serviceman were deployed to the village in the First World War to construct an aerodrome. They returned during the Second World War when Rustington became a temporary home to American and Canadian troops.
During the 1960’s, the village underwent a regeneration and saw new homes start to be developed on estates such as Mallon Dene, Sussex Park Estate, Dingley Road, Chanctonbury Road, and most recently, The Limes.
Days Out In Rustington
Being a relaxed seaside resort, a day out in Rustington wouldn’t be complete without a visit to its pebbly shores! The shingly beach connects to Littlehampton’s East beach, which is popular with kite surfers.
Mewsbrook Park, on the border of the village with Littlehampton, is a family-friendly attraction that has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag numerous times. There’s plenty of fun to be had in the park, with a café, tree trail, children’s trail, boating lake, play area, football pitch, picnic area and a miniature railway which runs to one of Littlehampton’s other parks, Norfolk Gardens.
Speaking of Littlehampton, Rustington’s close proximity to this nearby town (2 miles) along with Worthing (8 miles), Arundel (7 miles), Chichester (14 miles) and Brighton (20 miles) and all of their amenities means there’s no shortage of places to visit for a day out near Rustington!
The village’s close-knit community organises highly anticipated key events throughout the year, including the annual Street Fayre in August and carol concert at Christmas.
Things To Do In Rustington
Less than a mile from the beach, lies the hub of the village with its pedestrian-friendly shopping areas. Rustington has over 80 stores, ranging from national names (such as Boots, Superdrug and Waitrose) to independent boutiques and family-run restaurants, providing residents with a variety of choice, whatever their retail needs.
History more your thing? Rustington Museum, which is housed in a recently renovated thatched cottage in the centre of the village, has plenty of tales to tell about days gone by, with exciting exhibitions and items on display. There’s also a landscaped community garden, with water feature, plants and flowers and seating areas to relax in.
The Woodlands Centre is home to plenty of local groups – from the Rustington W.I to Rustington Horticultural Association and amateur dramatics group; the Rustington Players – so if you’d like to get involved in the local community, be sure to pay the centre a visit!
Schools In Rustington
Rustington has a number of excellent schools and educational facilities within close proximity.
Primary and first schools include:
- Rustington Community Primary School
- Georgian Gardens Community Primary School
- Summerlea Community Primary School
Secondary schools include:
- St Philip Howard Catholic High School
- Felpham Community College
Other higher education institutes include:
- Northbrook College
Transport In Rustington
Rustington is close to Littlehampton and Angmering rail stations (both are just 2 miles away). Angmering runs regular services to Brighton (in 30 minutes), Portsmouth Harbour (50 minutes), Southampton Central (73 minutes) and London Victoria (in 95 minutes). Littlehampton also serves London Victoria (104 minutes), Bognor Regis (in 20 minutes) and Portsmouth and Southsea (in 55 minutes).
Buses and coaches
The village of Rustington is served by many bus companies including Hants & Surrey and Compass, running regular services to Portsmouth, Littlehampton, Shoreham by Sea, Brighton, Worthing and Arundel.
The nearest airport is Brighton City Airport, just 30 minutes away. Gatwick is under an hour’s drive and Heathrow is accessible within 90 minutes.
Rustington is located near to the A259 which runs to Worthing, Shoreham by Sea, Brighton and Eastbourne in the east and Littlehampton, Bognor Regis and Chichester in the west. The A27 is also located close by, connecting the area with Portsmouth (and the M27) and as far east as Lewes, Polegate and Pevensey in East Sussex. London is just a 65 mile drive, whilst Brighton is only 20 miles from the village. Chichester is 30 miles away.