Community Events

Festivals, Carnivals, Theatre, Music and Dance

Wantage Carnival

The Wantage Carnival is run by The Ray Collins Charitable Trust – making a real difference in our community!

The carnival usually features Live Bands, Market Stalls, Food Stalls, Face Painting and lots of other fun attractions.

All proceeds to local people and local causes.

For further information, please email: info@raycollinstrust.org

Wantage Literary Festival

The Wantage Literary Festival (formerly The Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival) celebrates the spoken and written word: literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more.


PHOTO: Kate Adie with past members of the festival committee

Wantage Welcomes Buskers

Initiated by Howard Hill back in 2008 and formerly called “Wantage Presents”, this is an informal events and involves musicians and sometimes dance troupes, entertaining shoppers and visitors in and around the market place on Saturdays.

PHOTO: Pandemonium folk band


Wantage Mummers

Mumming is a ritual play that is well over a thousand years old. Whilst it is traditionally associated with the Christmas period, it is said to be linked with pagan rites showing the triumph of life over death.

The Wantage Mummers perform their play on Boxing Day (December 26th) outside of The Bear Hotel in Wantage.

The Wantage Mummers raise money for charity during their performance.


White Horse Folk Festival

Folk music, dances & singing in various local venues with camping available at Grove Rugby Club. A friendly festival with opportunities for participation.

PHOTO: The Icknield Way Morris Men

White Horse Ceilidhs

White Horse Ceilidhs hold ceilidhs (barn dances) in Grove Village Hall, near Wantage in Oxfordshire every 2 months. They have a live band, a caller, a half-time entertainment spot, and good ale.

The dancing is infectious, great fun and a wonderful way to meet new people of all ages, get some exercise, laugh a lot and hear amazing live music. They have different bands, callers and half-time spots each time!

PHOTO: Dancing to the music of local ceilidh band Melobo

White Horse Ceilidhs

Wantage Dickensian Evening

The Wantage Dickensian Evening is always held on the first Friday in December. It is a free social community event organised by a group of volunteers and supported by the Wantage Town Council and local sponsors. It is an evening of various activities which has a nice Christmas feel with seasonal music and light. Initially it was designed to promote Christmas shopping and allow the local retailers to thank their customers for supporting them over the year, but over the last 20 years it has evolved into a richer experience for our guests.

Wantage Summer Arts Festival

A month long summer festival with music, drama, crafts, photography, historical talks, heritage walks plus much more.

PHOTO: Dave Moorwood and one of his jazz bands

Wantage Music Festival

A platform for musicians and aspiring musicians of all ages to perform and receive expert advice.

Registered charity number 274734.


Wantage Music Festival

Mayor’s Carol Service

As far as I can figure out, this happens on the Wednesday following Dickensian Evening and it’s always held in The Parish Church in Wantage; that’s the big stone building at the west end of Wantage Market Place.

The service usually starts at 7.00pm but its a good idea to get there early as it is a very popular event and seats are taken quickly.

Both this and the Dickensian Evening are great ways to start the Christmas festivities in Wantage.

Wantage Mayor's Carols