Wantage Summer Festival


Wantage Summer Festival is a regular fixture in the cultural calendar in the Wantage, Grove and the surrounding villages.  It runs for one month, starting from the first Saturday in June. 5,000 to 7,000 people join our Festival events each year to celebrate their summer with us!

The aim of Wantage Summer Festival is to raise awareness of the a wealth of enthusiastic organisations, groups and individuals in the area, to celebrate their talents and to provide opportunities for the community to enjoy a varied programme of events, ranging from music and drama, to crafts, photography, historical talks, heritage walk plus much more.  As well as the core participants who provide the backbone of the programme, the Festival is keen to showcase the not so well-known smaller specialist groups, often combining workshops which give the opportunity to learn a new skill.

We have a new Festival Committee (meet us all here) but we need to stress that we are very privileged to have Jean and Peter Kent involved on the current Committee – they both worked on the Festival since its early days. Other past Committee members help us with advice and actual support in planning 2016 events. We would like to thank all old and new Committee members for their kindness.

Aside of our actual events our only public presence in the last 20 years was our printed Programme. In 2015 we are taking time to collate all the work from our 20 years and bring them to our new, digital, public spaces. We are meeting community members in events and informal sessions and you will be able to meet us in few central locations in Wantage closer to our next event. In the meantime please follow us online or sign up here if you want to receive our news directly into your inbox.

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We are aiming to finalise the printed programmes in March 2016 so please register your event asap. We are also working on four small projects for 2016: Volunteer Programme, VIP Programme, Business Sponsorship Programme and Citizen Journalism for Youth Programme. Please contact us if you want to find out more.

Don’t forget: Wantage Summer Festival is Your Festival. We welcome all new ideas in this public notepad.


Wantage Summer Festival 2016




Register your event now!

If you want your event to be featured in our printed programme please complete the event registration form by 29th February 2016.

Here is the full link to the registration form:

If you miss this deadline or you have an idea for an event closer to the Festival please fill out this form and we will include your event on our website.
By submitting the event registration form, you agree that you have read and understood the content of the Event Organiser Guide for Wantage Summer Festival. Please read it carefully here before submitting this form:
The aim of this form is to ensure accuracy in marketing, press coverage and ticket sales.
For any enquiries please email or call 07906076571.
For inspiration check out the Wantage Summer Festival 2016 themes below: