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Rock @ the Beacon #wantage

What: Rock @ the Beacon is a fantastic music extravaganza, supported by the Wantage Rotary Club. All net proceeds going to support local Rotary good causes, including the Sweatbox and Mikayla (a local children’s cancer charity). When: 3pm until 11pm March 5th 2016 Venue: The Beacon, Wantage Attractions include: Beer Festival, Hot dogs, Raffle, Kids soft play […]

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Opera in #Wantage

Opera Unmasked aims to encourage enjoyment and understanding of Opera, Theatre, Ballet and other performing Arts. Its focus is in the Vale of White Horse and the surrounding area. Firstly, a little bit of information about how Opera Unmasked began. For several years I was the artistic director of the Wantage Betjeman Festival. This was originally founded to celebrate […]

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#Wantage Silver Band at Christmas

I was sitting in my favourite chair this evening, when I started to hear wonderful Christmas music coming from outside. I popped my head out of the door – and there they were – the Wantage Silver Band in Haywards Close, playing traditional Christmas music and carrying out their Christmas door-to-door collection. Wonderful! This year, […]

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Christminster Singers concert

On Sunday October 18th the renowned Christminster Singers from Oxford will present a  concert of West Gallery Music in St Augustine’s Church, East Hendred, at 7.30pm. The concert, which is raising much-needed funds for the church, will also include traditional folk tunes played by several of The Christminster Singers on concertina, fiddle, flute, clarinet and accordion. West Gallery Music […]

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Wantage Autumn Festival #wantage

Sunday 18th Oct 2015 | 12noon – 5pm The Wantage Autumn Festival is a fun-filled celebration of the season with food, drink, music and apples. Along with local stalls there will be live entertainment, local ale & cider, local food BBQ and Goan curries, traditional apple pressing (bring your own apples with bottles for juicing), […]

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Wantage Literary Festival 2015 – ticket now on sale #wantage

Book now for this year’s fabulous festival! Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival! Book online – or buy directly from The Beacon on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, or at the Vale and Downland Museum – for the best seats in the house to hear The Life and Loves of a […]

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Vale Islanders dance at German festival #wantage

Twelve members of the Charney Basset based historical dance group, the Vale Islanders returned  home on 7th September 2015 having taken part in the annual Sehusafest in Seesen in the Harz Mountains of Northern Germany. The group, who perform English dances of the 17th century, dressed in costume of the period, were  there for the […]

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Open Mic Night

Wantage Summer Festival is 20 and we would like to celebrate with you! Wantage Summer Festival Committee would like to invite you for an Open Mic night to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Is is planned for this Wednesday, 15th July evening at the King Alfred’s Head pub at 7pm – just after our second open meeting. […]

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Sweatbox Rock in the Park #wantage

Sweatbox Wantage and White Hart Music Live! are working in conjunction to bring you a fabulous event for the third year running. We will have a mix of strictly local acts performing from 12pm-7pm and there will be a range of super local stalls to visit too! Opens Saturday 11th July 2015 with local ceilidh band […]

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Watermill Theatre comes to Wantage

The Watermill Theatre in association with Reading Rep Theatre Company and Opera Unmasked presents A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE WORLD Meet colourful historical figures, take to the great battlefields, marvel at fabulous works of art and ground-breaking scientific discoveries in the brand new Watermill Theatre touring production, A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, in association […]

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#Wantage Counselling Service

Fiona Roper presented a cheque to Trustees Helen Carter and Adrian Rance on Thursday 11th June 2015 for £1500. This was half the monies raised from April’s Mayor’s Charity Flamenco Evening at The Beacon, Wantage. It has been an extremely good few weeks recently, along with the Flamenco Evening donation, Wantage Counselling Service have also received […]

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Busking for Nepal

Local folk band Pandemonium were busking in Wantage on to raise money in support of the Nepal Earthquake appeal. The morning started with rain, but the band waited until it blew over and then made a start. “It was damp and very cold, but we had a great time. The atmosphere amongst the market shoppers was just […]

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Anything Goes

A local Wantage theatrical group, ‘Jigsaw Stage Productions’,  held a publicity event in Wantage Market Place on Saturday to advertise their next Production – the fabulous Cole Porter Musical – ‘Anything Goes’! The show is being staged this week at The Beacon, Wantage from 15-18 April (with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm). Tickets are […]

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Wantage Wins National Award #wantage #GBHighSt

The national Great British High Street competition, launched by the Future High Street Forum, celebrates the achievements of local people in making their high streets great places to live, work and shop. The winners were selected across a range of categories for their ability to innovate, collaborate and adapt to changing consumer habits. Judges visited 21 […]

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Wantage Presents – Music in the Marketplace – update

Wantage presents… was launched 10.30am Saturday 14th June by Melobo English Ceilidh Band, who played lots of lively tunes outside of The Bear in Wantage. Melobo raised £82.00 in aid of Wantage Food Bank. Well done to the people in Wantage who donated so generously. The band were then invited to BBC Radio Oxford to publicise “Wantage presents…” where […]

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Spanish Dancers Coming to Wantage

Last year the local Icknield Way Morris Men visited Spain as guests of the traditional dance troupe Bajo Duero who are based in the town of Zamora in northern Spain close to the Portuguese border. In July this year the Spanish are making a return visit to England where they will be dancing with Icknield […]

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Concert Raises Money for Street Pastors

Burns’ Concert in Wantage £870 was raised at an evening of Scottish music and recitations in Wantage Civic Hall on Sunday 27th January, put on by Pandemonium (the Wantage-based folk  band ) and friends. The band was joined on the evening  by guests June Craig and Jeff Stevenson who gave recitations and anecdotes on a […]

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Wantage Betjeman Festival 2011

I play in the local folk band, Pandemonium, and some months ago we had been asked by Jim Mitchell to play at the launch of the Wantage Betjeman festival (Sunday 11th September 2011). We were very honoured to accept his kind invitation. The Wantage Betjeman Festival is the culmination of Jim’s vision and after a massive amount […]