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on Sun, 26/08/2018 - 7:30pm

NT Live at The Beacon - Julie (12A) - Thursday, 6th September at 7pm

on Thu, 06/09/2018 - 8:00pm

National Theatre Live - Julie
Thursday 6 September | 7.00pm
Certificate: 12A
Tickets: £15
Running Time: TBC
Box Office: 01235 763 456

Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.

Abingdon Dragon Boat Racing - Sunday, 9th September, from 10am onwards

on Sun, 09/09/2018 - 10:02am

Give Blood - Wednesday, 12th September

on Wed, 12/09/2018 - 2:00pm

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 Wednesday, 12th September 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:-


Wine Tasting: English Wines - Friday, 14th September at 7pm

on Fri, 14/09/2018 - 7:00pm

An Evening of Wine Tasting
English Wines
Friday 14th September | 7.00pm
Tickets: £20

Join Brian Davis the experienced wine educator for an evening of wine tasting.
English wines have created quite a stir in the press for the last few years. Here is your chance to find out if this is true in tasting 8 wines ,

including some sparkling wine which is giving Champagne some stiff competition. The Bacchus grape is our Sauvignon Blanc so that will be on offer.

Come and enjoy a fun and educational evening.


Berkshire Royal County Show - Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September

on Sat, 15/09/2018 - 8:00am

They say that you'll have to go a long way to find a bigger and better family event than the Royal County of Berkshire Show.  This year's event promises a diverse countryside adventure over two fun filled days. 

Where else can you see everything from chickens to llamas; horse driving to pig showing skills; taste Britain’s finest foods and watch cookery demonstrations; sample the best craft and watch traditional crafts in action or compare your horticultural skills to the expert displays on show?

With hundreds of stands showcasing the best of British produce, no high street offers the same diversity of shopping, crafts and foods.

SHOW OPENING TIMES: 8am to 6pm both days

Note: no dogs

Buy in advance from:

  • Charlton Park Garden Centre
  • Or buy online <here>

Ticket prices, standard price tickets are available on the gate:

  • Adults £20 (£17 in advance),
  • Concessions £16 (£14 in advance),
  • Children £7  (£5 in advance, under 5 years are free)
  • Family 2 Adults & 2 Children £50 (£42 in advance)

For further information visit:-

Comedian Sean Walsh - Saturday, 15th September at 8pmn

on Sat, 15/09/2018 - 7:43pm

Seann Walsh: After This One, I'm Going Home
Saturday 15 September | 8.00pm | Bar open from 7.00pm
£15 tickets
14+ (Parental Guidance) Likely to be swearing and adult content
Running Time: TBC
Box Office: 01235 763 456

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and the self-dubbed “Lie-In King”, Seann Walsh is “unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation (The Guardian).  

Returning from his run in America, where he made his USA television debut appearance on Conan, Seann Walsh is back on tour in the UK.

This disheveled, fiery, animated, fiercely idle, millennial man child is one of best live comedians to have come out of the UK.

Seann made his acting debut starring in Comedy Central’s sitcom Big Bad World, this was quickly followed up by the lead role in Monks (BBC One), he utilized his physical comedic abilities in Sky’s silent comedy, Three Kinds of Stupid, which led to him producing, writing and starring in his own silent comedy web-series The Drunk. He also wrote and starred in his own Sky short for Sky Arts and is now co-starring in Jack Dee’s brand-new sitcom Bad Move (ITV one). He recently made his feature film debut as the children’s nemesis in family film, 2:hrs. Seann is quickly on his way to becoming one of the UK’s best comedy character actors.

Team captain on Virtually Famous (Channel 4) and a regular on Play To The Whistle (ITV), other TV appearances include: One For The Road (BBC 3), Live At The Apollo (BBC 2), The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV), Tonight at The London Palladium (ITV), Celebrity Juice (ITV2), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4), 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), Alan Carr’s Chatty Man (Channel 4) and Russell Howards Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) 

Seann can currently be heard hosting his weekly radio show News-Ish on Fubar Radio.

His debut DVD, Seann to be Wild, was recorded at Hammersmith Apollo to critical acclaim when it was released in 2013 by Universal Pictures.

Uffington Farmers Market - 3rd Sun of the month - Sunday, 16th September

on Sun, 16/09/2018 - 10:00am

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

The market (usually) 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 2018 are: 

  • 16th September

  • 14th October

  • 18th November

  • 16th December

Old Berks Hunt Show - Sunday, 23rd September

on Sun, 23/09/2018 - 10:27am
Old Berks Hunt Supporters Club Open Horse Show
Old Berks Hunt Supporters Club – OPEN HORSE SHOW
Fun friendly local show, including Equifest Showing qualifiers and Cricklands jumping qualifiers, Working Hunters, Ridden and In-hand Showing and a wide variety of Children’s fun classes 
A great day out!
OBH Hounds will be paraded in the Main Ring at lunchtime

The Old Berks Hounds will be parading at lunchtime.

NT Live at The Beacon - King Lear (12A) - Thursday, 17th September at 7p2

on Thu, 27/09/2018 - 6:59pm

National Theatre Live - King Lear
Thursday 27 September | 7.00pm
Certificate: 12A
Tickets: £15
Running Time: TBC
Box Office: 01235 763 456

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

FFF&B Ploughing & Country Show - Saturday, 29th September

on Sat, 29/09/2018 - 9:00am

70th Annual Fairford, Faringdon, Filkins and Burford Ploughing Championships and Country Show.

The 2018 Ploughing Match and Country Show will be held on Saturday 29th September at Friars Court, Clanfield, Oxon, OX18 2SU.

Google Maps link: click <here>

Entry prices last year were £9 Adults £5 Children and Seniors (children under 12 Free). Sorry but cash only on the gate.

The show is open to the public from 8.30am. Ploughing and Hedgelaying competitions start at 9am with most of the competitions ending at 2.30pm but displays by steam, horses and main ring carrying on until approximately 4pm.

Please be aware that this is a ploughing match and country show on fields so the ground may be rough and difficult going especially if it is wet.

Finally, dogs are welcome to the day (especially Terriers).

Find out more on the FFF&B website here:-


MasterChef's Gregg Wallace - Saturday, 6th October at 8pm

on Sat, 06/10/2018 - 7:46pm

Gregg Wallace: Doesn't Get Tougher Than This
Saturday 6 October | 8.00pm | Bar open from 7.00pm
Standard Ticket Price - £20
Premium Ticket Price (includes show ticket and signed apron) - £30
VIP Ticket Price (includes show ticket, signed apron and meet & greet with Gregg post show) - £40
Running Time: TBC
Box Office: 01235 763 456

The star of BBC's MasterChef, Inside The Factory and Eat Well For Less takes to the stage for this brand new live show mixing hilarious behind the scenes tales with demonstrations and audience fun and games. 

Join Gregg as he answers the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, shares classic anecdotes and dishes up a sumptuous serving of MasterChef’s juiciest bits.  Complete with a Q&A, this really is a must-see event for any foodie and Gregg fan!   

Premium tickets (including signed merchandise) and limited VIP meet and greet tickets also available via our box office – book early! 

How to Hide a Lion - Wednesday, 7th November at 1.30pm

on Wed, 07/11/2018 - 12:30pm

How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens
Wednesday 7 November | 1.30pm
£6.50 Children tickets | £9.50 Adult Tickets 
Running Time: TBC
Box Office: 01235 763 456

When a lion is chased out of town, a little girl, Iris, helps him to find somewhere to hide. Iris embarks on a mission to squash her new friend into a variety of sneaky tight spots, as the misinformed town folk try and track him down. Helen Stephens’ magical book, How to Hide a Lion, comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppets and jazz. 

Pigtails Productions, Polka Theatre and Oxford Playhouse present How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens, Directed and Adapted by Peter Glanville and with music and songs by Barb Jungr.

Babes-in-arms go free.

Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens - Friday, 23rd November at 8pm

on Fri, 23/11/2018 - 6:51pm

Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens
Friday 23 November | 8.00pm | Bar open from 7.00pm
£20 tickets | £18 Over 60s
Age recommendation 16+
Running Time: TBC
Box Office: 01235 763 456

She's Merkel To His Trump. He's Boris to her Theresa. Two of Britain's finest impressionists come together on one bill to make sense (and nonsense) of a world where Boris Johnson is Foreign Secretary, Donald Trump is US President, and Brexit means Brexit. Good luck with that.

Featuring personalities from Farage to Lumley, Diane Abbott to Fiona Bruce and the sublime to Jacob Rees Mogg. Over 30 characters for the price of 2 (3 at weekends). A unique mix of impressions and satire from the stars of Bremner, Bird and Fortune and Dead Ringers

Wine Tasting: Christmas Wines - Friday, 30th November at 7pm

on Fri, 30/11/2018 - 5:54pm

An Evening of Wine Tasting - Christmas Wines
Friday 30th November | 7.00pm
Tickets: £20
Limited tickets available

Join Brian Davis the experienced wine educator for an evening of wine tasting focusing on Christmas Wines.

NT Live at The Beacon - Anthony & Cleopatra (12A) Thurs, 6th December, 7pm

on Thu, 06/12/2018 - 5:57pm

Anthony & Cleopatra (12A)
Thursday 6 December | 7.00pm
Tickets: £15
Running Time: 220 minutes
Box Office: 01235 763 456

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

Christmas Panto "Sleeping Beauty" - Fri, 21st & Sat, 22nd December

on Fri, 21/12/2018 - 4:00pm

Sleeping Beauty
Friday 21 December | 4.00pm 
Saturday 22 December | 1.00pm & 4.00pm
Tickets £8.50 | £32 Family Ticket for 4

Join us this Christmas for the pantomime of your dreams!

Help Prince Valentine defeat the evil fairy, Malevola and wake Sleeping Beauty with true loves kiss.
TaleGate Theatre Productions is back at the Beacon for the fifth year!

'Sleeping Beauty’ promises to be our funniest and most spectacular pantomime ever!  Packed with songs, slapstick, silliness, audience participation and all the fairytale magic of traditional pantomime!

This fun-filled extravaganza is guaranteed to delight the whole family.