The Beacon

The Beacon is a vibrant gathering place for the local communitynamed after the historic beacons that surround the town, offering a varied programme of cinema, music, theatre, hosting celebrations, classes, workshops and conference facilities.

As one of the largest venues in the area and a minute’s walk from the market town centre, we host a wide range of activities to suit people of all ages and interests: whether you want to take part in a dance, exercise or art class, watch live music or comedy, take your children tothe theatre or go to the cinema! As well as a programme of activities and events, we offer children’s party packages, wedding receptions and delegate packages for business, or you can host your own event or celebration.

The team at The Beacon are here to provide a warm, welcoming service to ensure that your visit to The Beacon, whether to attend one of our events or as a hirer, goes perfectly. With a choice of rooms for hire, including a large auditorium, a dance studio and two other function rooms, The Beacon is the ultimate flexible modern space, whatever your requirements.

The Coffee Shop

The coffee shop is open every day with a selection of cakes to accompany our locally sourced coffee and range of teas.

The Bar

The bar has a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits, and is open for events, including our cinema evenings, comedy, live music and theatre, fairs and festivals.


Portway Car Park (OX12 9BU) is outside The Beacon. It is open 24 hours a day and chargeable Monday to Saturday (including bank holidays) from 8am until 6pm. Free on Sundays.  Please note that a valid ticket must be displayed at all times during the charging period – including for the free two hours.

Disabled badge holders can park free of charge (unlimited time limit), providing they display their badge. If all disabled bays are full a standard bay may be used.

Updated 17th August 2016 by Fiona Mikel (Promotions Officer at The Beacon)
Video added April 2017 by Howard Hill