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LOCAL: The Star Bridge Club - Tuesday, 10th October from 7.15pm

on Tue, 10/10/2017 - 8:15pm


The Star Bridge Club invites you to join us at The Star Inn, Sparsholt (0X12 9PP) for our next meeting, on Tuesday, 10th October at 7.15 for 7.45 for Duplicate and 7.30 for 8.00 for Social.

Tables, cards, cloths and pencils will be provided.

The cost, which includes a main course of one of two options, is £20 per head (which includes a 10% donation to The Church of the Holy Rood, Sparsholt).

This month, the menu choices are:

  • TBC

  • Chef’s selection of fudge with tea and coffee

Please come, on your own or with friends – new members are always welcome.

RSVP: including food choice to [email protected] / [email protected] by the preceding Friday LATEST please.

  • Drinks etc to be ordered and paid for at the bar. If setting up a tab please leave a cc to support it.

Provided by Jane C

Cafe Scientifique - Science for the price of a coffee - 2nd Tuesday (10/10), 7.30pm

on Tue, 10/10/2017 - 8:30pm

Join us for this FREE event - doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start!

  • When: Second Tuesday of the month, doors open at 7 for 7:30pm start.
  • Where: The Beacon Cafe, Wantage, OX12 9BX
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Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.



Oktoberfest - Beer, Music, Food - Friday 13th & Saturday 14th October

on Fri, 13/10/2017 - 6:32pm

Junk Monkeys for kids 8+ - starting Saturday 14th October, 2-4pm

on Sat, 14/10/2017 - 2:00pm

Uffington Farmers Market - 3rd Sun of the month - Sunday, 15th October

on Sun, 15/10/2017 - 10:00am

Local food producers offering meat, cheese, preserves, fruit, vegetables, pies and pastries, vintage tea room and much more!

The market runs every third Sunday of the month in the car park of the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington. SN7 7SB. 10am to 12.30pm.

Established in 2015, the Uffington Farmers Market is a non-profit community market organised by village residents. 

Find out more here:-

Dates for 2017 are: 

  • Sunday 15th October 2017
  • Sunday 19th November 2017
  • Sunday 17th December 2017

Free electric blanket testing - book your appointment - Friday, 20th October

on Fri, 20/10/2017 - 3:19pm

If you use an electric blanket to help you keep warm during the colder months then it's important you get it checked each year to make sure it's safe.

Free electric blanket testing takes place at:

  • Wantage Fire Station on 20 October

The testing is provided by Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue with support from Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards with Vale of White Horse District Council.  

All appointments must be pre-booked.  From mid-August you can book a free electric blanket test by calling 01865 898642 or email Oxfordshire County Council.

White Horse Hill to Ashdown guided walk - Sunday, 22nd October, 9.30am - 3pm

on Sun, 22/10/2017 - 9:30am

You'll be following in the footsteps of the ancients on this bracing 8-mile guided tramp with our ranger across the Berkshire Downs. Learn of legends, burial chambers, romance and more...

Uncover the fascinating history of this ancient landscape on a guided 8 mile circular walk with our ranger between White Horse Hill at Uffington and the Ashdown Estate. All this as well as seeing the signs of spring, superb views and glorious countryside.

More information:-

  • Booking essential
  • Adult £5, Child £2.50
  • 01793 762209
  • White Horse Hill, Uffington. B4507 Ashbury to Wantage road Oxfordshire SN7 7QJ.


  • Children over eight welcome
  • Dogs on leads are welcome.

Meeting point

  • Meet at the White Horse Hill Car Park

What to bring and wear

  • Sturdy footwear. Dress appropriately for weather conditions. Bring drinks and snacks and a packed lunch or pre-order soup and crusty bread when you book (£3 additional charge)


  • 8 miles. Mostly flat but one demanding climb included.

Please note: There are no toilets or facilities on this site. There's a charge to park in our car park at White Horse Hill. National Trust members park free.

Holiday activity ideas for children and families

on Mon, 23/10/2017 - 10:00am

Some web links with ideas for holiday activities for children and families (in alphabetical order):-

Let me know if you know of any more - use the 'Feedback' tab on the left.

Comedy - Rich Hall's Hoedown - Friday, 27th October at 8.00pm

on Fri, 27/10/2017 - 7:36pm

Friday 27 October | 8.00pm | Bar open 7.00pm
Tickets: £17
Running Time: 2 hours (including interval)
Age Suitability: 14+ (parental guidance - likely to be swearing and adult content)

Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed new show begins its second leg of touring. There has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision in dismantling the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. His BBC Four documentaries, most recently Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You and Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match and BBC Radio 4 series Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown, have built him a new legion of followers, as have appearances on Have I Got News For You and QI. If you only know Rich Hall from his radio and television programmes, you’ve short-changed yourself.

The Hoedown begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but ends up being a celebration of Americana. There’s stand-up, improvised ballads, cracking good musicianship, and ultimately a hilarious, foot-stomping good time to be had by all. Even if you don’t own a hoe.



Family Theatre "The Hunting of the Snark" - Sunday, 29th October at 1 & 4pm

on Sun, 29/10/2017 - 11:46am

Sunday 29 October | 1.00pm & 4.00pm
Tickets: £12 Standard | £44 Family Ticket for 4
Age Recommendation: 4+

All aboard!  The ship is departing!  All children, animals and silly people welcome!

The impossible voyage of an improbable crew to hunt an imaginary creature is brought magically to life in this sparkling musical comedy adventure for 4 to 94 year olds.  

Enter the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland creator, Lewis Carroll, in this brand new, highly original, ultra-modern adaptation inspired by his much loved classic poem.

Fresh from London’s West End, this show features five high-energy actors, life-like puppets, fantastical characters, and lashings of daft humour.

A riotous ragtag gang of bold adventurers including the Boy, the Banker, the Butcher, the Baker, the Bellman and the knitting Beaver set off on a quest to catch the mythical Snark… on the journey they encounter the Jub Jub bird, the sly Bandersnatch and the dastardly Boojum… Can a Snark be caught with soap?  Will the Beaver escape the hungry Butcher’s clutches? Will the Baker remember his name?  Does anyone know what a Snark actually looks like?

Side-splittingly funny, joyful, fast-paced and bursting with a soundtrack of witty songs by an award-winning songwriter, The Hunting of the Snark is a tour de force that‘ll delight, excite and entertain.

‘Packed to the gunnels with laughter and mayhem.’ - EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

‘Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Bedknobs and Broomsticks, a slick slapstick and zippy one-liners.’ - THE STAGE

‘A bit bonkers and a bit crazy, heartwarming and very, very funny.  Sometimes some of the best theatre is made for young people.’ - BBC SCOTLAND RADIO

‘Full of laughs, brilliant songs, and a great story.’ - PRIMARY TIMES MAGAZINE

Give Blood - Friday, 3rd November

on Fri, 03/11/2017 - 1:00pm

96% of us rely on the other 4% to give blood - don't leave it to someone else. If you’re generally healthy and aged between 17 and 65, you can probably donate.

The next donation session at The Beacon, Wantage (click <here> for a map) is on Friday, 3rd November between 13.15-15.30 & 16.15-19.15.

Parking at The Beacon, Wantage is free for the first 2 hours (with a free 'pay & display' ticket). For your trouble, you'll enjoy a complimentary cup of tea and selection of biscuits, alongside the satisfaction of knowing that you're actively helping others.

Can you give blood?

Most people can give blood, but before the NHS can accept your blood they need to ensure there's no risk of harming you or the patients who will receive it. Use the below links to the Give Blood website to see if you are eligible to give blood:-

From February 2012, male blood donors can increase frequency of donating to a maximum of 4 times in 12 months at an interval of not less than 12 weeks.

Register as a blood donor:-

Giving blood is quick, easy and most importantly, it saves lives. Simply fill in the form by clicking <here> to register your interest in becoming a blood donor or to come along to a session near you.

Learn more by visiting the Blood Donation service website:-

  • or by calling 0300-123-23-23 (calls are normally charged at your providers (eg BT) local rate).

Are you an existing blood donor?

If so, you can jump to your own secure Blood Donor login page here:-


Morgan & West - Magic for Kids! - Saturday, 18th November at 2pm

on Sat, 18/11/2017 - 2:00pm

Morgan & West return with marvellous magic and crazy capers for the young and old alike!

Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West return to the stage with a marvellous magic show full of crazy capers for the young, old, and everyone in-between! Expect the unexpected, believe the unbelievable, but do not dare miss the unmissable Morgan & West!

Morgan & West have fooled Penn & Teller (Fool Us ITV 1), competed to be the Next Great Magician (ITV 1), and even attempted to escape The Slammer (CBBC). Winners: Best Family Show Buxton Fringe 2013

  • Tickets: £10 / £38 Family Ticket for 4
  • Age: Aimed at 5+ (younger years welcome)
  • Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Might Mr Morgan manage a whole trick without his partner complaining?

Will Mr West ever accept children as real people too?

Can everyone’s favourite duo of deception finally find fame, fortune, and a box of fondant fancies?

Find out all of this and more in Morgan & West: More Magic For Kids!

Morgan & West - Time Travelling Magicians - Saturday, 18th November at 8pm

on Sat, 18/11/2017 - 6:52pm

Morgan & West amaze and astound with their mind boggling magic!

Great Scott! Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! Not content with their lot as the nineteenth century's greatest magic duo, this prestidigitatory pair present a conjuring spectacular to the audiences of the modern day.
Morgan & West have fooled Penn & Teller (Fool Us ITV 1), competed to be the Next Great Magician (ITV 1), and even attempted to escape The Slammer (CBBC). Join these practitioners of prestidigitation for an unforgettable evening of magic, mystery, and the unexplainable.
No future is left unseen and no timeline left unaltered as these temporal tricksters burst into the twenty-first century with a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers, and a totally genuine ability to travel through time!

  • Tickets: £13
  • Age: Family friendly (7+)
  • Running Time: 2 hours (including interval)
  • The Beacon, Wantage
  • Available online ( or via the Box Office (01235 763 456)

T.Rextasy - Friday, 15th December at 8.00pm

on Fri, 15/12/2017 - 7:02pm

Marc Bolan, with his band T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era. It’s hard to believe that 40 years have now passed since Marc’s tragic fatal car accident and fans have mourned the loss of a truly individual, inspirational talent ever since. Bolan's special ingredient of Rock-a-Boogie songs including '20th Century Boy’, ‘Get in On’ and 'I Love to Boogie' have insured that Marc Bolan and T.Rex have become one of the most memorable and enduring bands of the seventies

T.Rextasy have now been performing around the world for over 20 years, a career that ironically out lives Marc’s very own T.Rex.  They have become widely accepted as the world’s only official tribute show dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc’s family, estate and catalogue management, not to mention original members of T.Rex. The band has been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’.

This year T.rextasy are celebrating Marc’s life and works with a very special commemorative tour. Truly a rock’n’roll concert for all ages - If you would like to know exactly what a Marc Bolan concert was like in the 1970s, this show is for you! 

  • Friday 15 December | 8.00pm | Bar open from 7.00pm
  • Tickets: £20
  • Running Time: 2 hours, incuding interval
  • The Beacon, Wantage
  • Available online ( or via the Box Office (01235 763 456)


NT Live at The Beacon - Young Marx - Monday, 18th December at 7pm

on Mon, 18/12/2017 - 6:00pm

National Theatre Live: Young Marx 
Monday 18th December | 7.00pm
Tickets: £15 
(joint offer only available via Box Office)
Running Time: tbc (including intervals)

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production  is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx. 

Christmas Panto "Dick Whittington" - Thursday 21st & Saturday 23rd December

on Thu, 21/12/2017 - 11:51am

"Join our hero ‘Dick Whittington’ on an adventure to London, where the streets are paved with gold, to seek your fortune. TaleGate Theatre Productions is now in it’s ninth year touring the UK. ‘Dick Whittington’ promises to be our funniest and most spectacular pantomime ever!  

Packed with songs, slapstick, silliness, breathtaking special effects, audience participation and all the fairytale magic of traditional pantomime! 

This fun-filled extravaganza is guaranteed to delight the whole family. So turn again ‘Dick Whittington’, three times Lord Mayor of London!"

ickets can be purchased by the calling the Beacon Wantage Box Office: 01235 763456

Visit the Beacon's website to find out more:

  • Thursday 21 December | 4.00pm
  • Saturday 23 December | 1.00pm & 4.00pm
  • Tickets: £8.50 / £32 Family Ticket for 4
  • Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes, including interval

Christmas Comedy - Friday, 22nd December at 8pm

on Fri, 22/12/2017 - 7:00pm

Johnny Cochrane | Tez Ilyas | Kate Lucas |Mo Gilligan

Join us for some festive fun with a fantastic line-up of some of Britain's hottest comic talent. Tez Ilyas achieved phenomenal success with his debut stand-up, with sell-out runs and his own Radio 4 series, with a second series coming this year. Award-winning musical comedian Kate Lucas is known for her razor-sharp dark humour. Mo Gilligan is one of the UK's fastest rising social media stars reaching mutliple millions. All hosted by the popular TV face and radio presenter (The Johnny & Inel Show), Johnny Cochrane.

  • Friday 22 Dec | 8.00pm | Bar open from 7.00pm
  • Tickets: £15
  • The Beacon, Wantage
  • Available online ( or via the Box Office (01235 763 456)

Bank holiday waste collections 2017/18

on Mon, 25/12/2017 - 6:30pm