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Save Wantage Hospital – Protest March

Hands Off Our Hospital There will be a Protest March Sunday July 22nd 2018 2pm meeting at The Green on Foliat Drive, walking by the hospital and then on to Wantage Marketplace. The more people join in, the louder the message. Wantage and District is a fast growing community and needs to have...

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Save Wantage Hospital

King’s Arms Re-Opening

The King’s Arms, Wantage Re-opening on Thursday, 12th July - A Right Royal Treat A gin and real ale pub in Wantage is the brainchild of Simon, Dave and Emma of OakTaverns Ltd who, following the success of their other 16 pubs in the pub group, have rejuvenated The King’s Arms so that customers...

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King's Arms Wantage

Biggest and Best Wantage Arts Festival yet!

The Wantage Summer Arts Festival 2018 from June 1st to July 7th is a celebration of Arts and Culture in Wantage and surrounding villages. The Festival team headed by Jim Mitchell, founder of the Wantage Betjeman Festival , promises to make this year’s festival something that the area can be...

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Wantage Summer Arts Festival 2018

Peter Pan at Fitzwaryn School

Peter Pan is in a Pickle - Can you help? "She is scared of theatre but today she joined in". Head2Head Theatre is a small registered charity based in Ashtead. We are led by volunteers with a passion for inclusion. We work exclusively with, and for the benefit of disabled children and their...

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Peter Pan in a Pickle

Stag beetle summer: help

Stag beetle summer: how you can help this endangered beetle this June & July Between June and July, wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is asking for families, individuals or groups of friends in the UK to record sightings of stag beetles on six summer evenings, as...

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Male stag beetle in Italy. Picture by Nicola Destefano.

Oliver the Musical at The Beacon

Jigsaw Stage Productions will very soon be bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life with their April 2018 production of the Lionel Bart hit show 'Oliver'! This year the adult cast are delighted to be joined by a talented group of local children who will play the roles of Oliver, Artful...

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olivers dodger and fagin

Wantage Literary Festival 2018

The Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival has been renamed The Wantage Literary Festival and is a collection of events covering literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more. The festival is dedicated to promoting the written (and spoken) word in all its forms and...

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Wantage Literary Festival

Twinning trip to Germany anyone?

25 Year Celebrations of the German Twinning Association This year on  Saturday 18th August (2018) the German Twin Town of Seesen in the Harz Mountains will be marking and celebrating the 25 years Twinning Association link with the people and community of Wantage, Grove and surrounding district....

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Twinning trip to Germany anyone?

Wantage Camera Club 2017

We have a new gallery of local photographs - all taken by members of Wantage Camera Club, a group of enthusiasts who - between them - use a wide range of cameras from high level DSLRs all the way down to mobile phones . The club runs a...

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Puss in Boots – Family Pantomime

After the huge success of our Musicals -  'Made In Dagenham'  earlier this year and 'Annie' in 2016 Jigsaw Stage Productions (Wantage) will be getting in to the festive spirit by going on tour this weekend with the all-time Family- Favourite Pantomime 'Puss in Boots'. Swindled out of his...

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Puss in Boots

Derek Paravicini Quartet

Derek Paravicini Quartet appearing at the Beacon, Wantage Thursday, December 14th 2017 The Derek Paravicini Quartet is the new must-hear group, currently wowing audiences all over the UK, following their successful debut on the BBC’s ‘In Tune’ programme. Four stunningly talented young musicians...

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Derek Paravicini Quartet

Wantage Dickensian Evening 2017

The Wantage Dickensian Evening 2017 programme is here... Friday 1st December 2017 6pm to 9pm Wantage Marketplace (and nearby streets), by the Christmas Tree, outside Waitrose, outside Sainsbury's, Parish Church, Museum, Library and Wantage Baptist Church. It's a wonderful family Christmas time...

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Dickensian Evening Programme 2 2017