Explore the Local Area

There are so many things to do in and around East Preston, our self-catering holiday lets provide a great base to explore West Sussex and the surrounding area.  Below are just a few suggestions of things to do, we have many more in our digital house guides which you get full access to once booked in.  Want to see our guide now?  Sign up for our emails and get a pre-booking copy free, so you can plan ahead.

  •  Angmering train station is 5 min by car or a 20 min walk.  
  • 90 min to London by car or train.
  • 45 min to Gatwick Airport by car or train.
  • Easy access to Arundel, Goodwood, Worthing and Brighton.
  • 10 min drive into the South Downs National Park.
Kitesurfing at the beach near our holiday cottages | West Sussex

Enjoy the beach

Walk the dog along the 365 days a year dog friendly beach to the Bluebird cafe, go paddleboarding, watch the kids build a sandcastle, collect seaglass, swim in the safety of the lagoon.

Explore the South Downs!

Within 3 miles of our houses you are into the South Downs National Park – fantastic for dog walking, family outdoor adventures,  biking, discovering nature etc.

south downs national park near our holiday cottages | West Sussex
The Beach cafe near our family holiday cottages | West Sussex

Learn a watersport at the Beach in Littlehampton

Littlehampton’s newest attraction – restaurant/cafe offering watersports tuition and hire in paddleboarding, kitesurfing, windsurfing and winging.  Hot showers available too!

Visit the historic town of Arundel

You can spend a whole day here visiting the castle, wandering the antique shops and lounging hours away in the cafes.  The castle holds many family friendly events throughout the year.

Arundel | family friendly holiday cottages nearby | West Sussex
Goodwood | self catering | family friendly | holiday cottages | West Sussex

Have a day out at Goodwood

Popular annual events include the Festival of Speed in June and Goodwood Revival in September.  Our holiday homes are about a 30 minute drive from Goodwood.

Wander the laines in Brighton

The best way to visit Brighton is to jump on the train from Angmering.  Quicker, easier and cheaper than driving!   So much for families to do in this vibrant seaside town – go up the i360, get fish and chips on the pier, wander the eclectic mix of shops in the arches on the seafront.

Brighton laines | family self catering | holiday cottages | near Brighton
Sunset at the beach | seaside holiday cottages | West Sussex

Watch the sunset

We get some amazing sunsets here particularly in the Autumn months.  Take a bottle of wine and some glasses to the beach and enjoy the show.

Sussex is fast becoming a well respected wine region on the global stage!  We have several vineyards within a 40 minute drive of us but the one we recommend is Stopham Vineyard. They run tours on Saturdays from April through to October and you can even choose to add in a riverside pub lunch to make a day of it!  

Stopham Vineyard tours close to our holiday homes West Sussex
West Beach - Littlehampton's answer to West Wittering

Take a picnic to West Beach

Everybody knows about West Wittering beach in Sussex but not so many know about West Beach, Littlehampton.  With it’s wonderful dunes for dogs and children to play in and big expanse of sand at low tide it’s a much quieter alternative to West Wittering, particularly in the summer months.

Did you know the England Coast Path goes right past Driftwood Stays Holiday Cottages?

You can also check out our Blog for current local area information, seasonal inspiration, special offers etc. or check out the Experience West Sussex website for a wealth of ideas and inspiration for a self-catering holiday.

Our top 5 tips to live like the locals!

For the best coffee around – Howie’s Coffee & Co

Open April – October – our local beachside hangout: Salt Beach Cafe

Best breakfast destination in the village: Grub and Gumption

Visit the new watersports centre and restaurant in Littlehampton with unbeatable sunset views from the rooftop terrace: The Beach Littlehampton

Take a nice walk along the beach to the East to the long established beachside cafe: The Bluebird Cafe