Living in Rustington
What is life like in Rustington
The village of Rustington is located on the West Sussex coast, a short distance east of Littlehampton, providing a beautiful and pleasant place to live.
Although it still boasts village status, Rustington is actually the size of a small town, and its facilities match this. There are plenty of shopping and entertainment options in the area, as well as practical facilities such as health centres and schools.
Rustington benefits from excellent transport links and a great location roughly halfway between Brighton and Chichester, while towns such as Worthing and Arundel are also nearby.
Of course, one of the undoubted highlights of the village is its magnificent coastline, which includes several miles of beaches. These provide the perfect place for locals to relax and top up their tan during the summer months.
For everyone from families to young professionals and older people, Rustington is a wonderful place to live.
People have settled in Rustington ever since the Stone Age, all the way through the Bronze Age, Roman and medieval periods, and it also receives a mention in the Domesday Book.
Over many centuries, Rustington remained a small agricultural community, although this began to change in the mid-19th century when farming equipment was first mechanised. What's more, the opening of the railway station at Angmering in 1846 boosted the area's infrastructure.
To this day, a number of the 17th and 18th-century flint cottages in Rustington still stand and provide an insight into the village at this time.
The village has always been popular for its traditional pubs, with the Lamb Inn and the New Inn the first to be built in the 18th century. Several others have since been constructed and are now an important part of the community.
In the 1960s, several developments took place that involved demolishing existing buildings and facilities and replacing them with new ones. Housing areas such as Mallon Dene, Sussex Park Estate and Chanctonbury Road were created during this period.
Over the years, a common theme has remained, and that is that Rustington is a hugely popular seaside destination and its roots remain in the farming industry.
A number of famous people have been born in or spent time in Rustington over the years, including Sir Hubert Parry – famous for Jerusalem – who had a house built in the village. Artist Graham Sutherland and xylophonist Teddy Brown are others who have lived in the area.
Entertainment, sport and days out
There is no doubt that most activities and pastimes in Rustington revolve around the beach. Whether people are simply seeking somewhere to relax or wish to get involved with hobbies on the water – such as sailing, kayaking and diving – this is the place for them.
Harbour Park in Littlehampton is a hugely popular amusement venue that is sure to go down well with anybody who has children to entertain. Those who want to learn more about their surroundings can head to Rustington Museum, which displays fascinating exhibits from the village's past.
Looking a little further afield, the history of Arundel is a huge draw, with its castle the magnificent centrepiece. It is also home to a wildlife and wetlands centre that is great fun for all the family.
The Flying Fortress, Arundel Lido and Ecclesden Farm are other places that are well worth visiting.
Inspire Leisure operates a leisure centre in Littlehampton that has all the latest facilities, including a gym, swimming pool, indoor football pitches, netball and badminton courts, as well as a full programme of fitness sessions.
Eating, drinking & shopping
There is something to suit every taste in Rustington, and those who are not satisfied by the restaurants on offer in the village can venture to neighbouring Littlehampton for an even greater selection.
Rustington Manor Hotel, Lemon Grass Rustington, La Cucina and Monsoon are some of the most popular and highly rated eateries in the village. Alternatively, in Littlehampton, the East Beach Café is a great place for refreshments in a magnificent beachside setting.
There are plenty of independent shops operating in Rustington, giving the village a truly unique feel to consumers. All of the major banks are located there, along with a post office, butcher, greengrocer and baker.
Churchill Court Shopping Courtyard is another great option for those looking to make a purchase or two, while some shoppers might wish to take a few minutes out of their day to view the Ice Age boulder that is displayed in the high street.
Schools & healthcare
There are several schools in Rustington that will ensure all children benefit from a great education. Rustington Community Primary School is one of the best options in the area, while alternatives include Summerlea CP School and Georgian Gardens Community Primary School.
The Littlehampton Academy is a wonderful institution for pupils who are leaving primary schools in the region. It was founded in 2009 and continues to improve at an impressive rate.
For a major hospital, people in Rustington are best advised to head to either Arundel or Worthing, both of which boast their own high-quality medical institution. There are plenty of local surgeries in Rustington and Littlehampton for smaller, more everyday matters.
Rustington has remarkably good transport connections both to the rest of West Sussex and the wider region. There is a direct train service from Littlehampton to London Victoria, which takes about 100 minutes to complete. Littlehampton station is less than two miles from the centre of Rustington.
Other towns and cities that are easy to reach by rail include Brighton and Hove, Chichester and Arundel.
Alternatively, those travelling by road will find Rustington's proximity to the A27 is of tremendous benefit, with this route connecting the entire south coast. People who wish to head north from Rustington can use the A24 to travel towards mid-Sussex and London.