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Wantage Town in Oxfordshire

About Wantage

Welcome to the Wantage edition of The Oxford Magazine.

This historic market town that was historically part of Berkshire, Wantage is a very sociable place to be on Friday and Saturday evenings in summer, when its many pubs and restaurants around the market are particularly animated.

The most famous son of Wantage has to be King Alfred the Great who was born here in 849 and ruled the Kingdom of Wessex until 899. There’s a statue of him in the middle of the market place, sculpted by Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, a cousin of Queen Victoria.

Wednesdays and Saturdays are market days, and you should also browse the Vale and Downland Museum, in a 17th-century clothmaker’s house. And should you happen to around in December, the incredible Dickensian Evening is not to be missed.


Local news & stories

The Star Inn in Sparsholt to re-open after extensive refurbishment programme
/ Food & Drink

The Star Inn in Sparsholt to reopen after extensive refurbishment programme

The historic Star Inn in Sparsholt will reopen on Wednesday 15 June after an extensive programme of refurbishment carried out by the team behind Newbury’s Michelin-starred restaurant, The Woodspeen.
Hospitality mogul Alastair Storey purchases award-winning The Star Inn in Sparsholt
/ Food & Drink

Hospitality mogul Alastair Storey purchases award-winning The Star Inn in Sparsholt

The 80-cover pub, with a detached converted barn providing eight letting bedrooms, was extensively renovated and refurbished when it was bought by Ian and Caron Williams nine years ago.
Oxfordshire based Williams Racing commits to becoming climate positive by 2030. Image: CEO Jost Capito with colleagues
/ Environment

Williams Racing commits to becoming climate positive by 2030

Building on progress in the global motorsport industry in recent years, Williams Racing goes further than any other race team in committing to becoming climate positive by 2030.
Council leaders issue statement to mark World Homelessness Day on 10 October
/ Housing

Council leaders issue statement to mark World Homelessness Day on 10 October

Leaders of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils, Councillors Sue Cooper and Emily Smith, have issued a joint statement to mark World Homelessness Day on 10 October.
Williams Advanced Engineering to collaborate with Nyobolt on next-gen batteries
/ Technology

Williams Advanced Engineering and Nyobolt collaborate on next-gen batteries

The engineering and systems integration partnership is designed to support and advance a new class of niobium-powered lithium-ion battery technology.
Gigabit-capable, full-fibre broadband coming to Oxfordshire
/ Infrastructure

Gigabit-capable, full-fibre broadband coming to Oxfordshire

Residents are set to benefit from faster internet with a significant number of Oxfordshire towns being confirmed for an upgrade to gigabit-capable, full-fibre broadband.
District councils make their revised management structure permanent
/ Government

District councils make their revised management structure permanent

The decision formalises the structure that has been operating successfully at the councils for many months, and it demonstrates a strong commitment to working in partnership with others.
The Beacon in Wantage to open again to the public
/ Community

The Beacon in Wantage to open again to the public

Vale of White Horse DC plans to open the arts and community centre to the public again from 06 September following the news that it will no longer be needed as a symptom-free testing site.
Jean-Marc Gales appointed Chairman of the Board of Williams Advanced Engineering
/ Technology

Jean-Marc Gales appointed Chairman of Williams Advanced Engineering

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) has appointed automotive industry veteran Jean-Marc Gales as Chairman of the Board.
Another Hi-Tech Firm Sets Up New Home at Grove Business Park
/ Real Estate

Another hi-tech firm sets up new home at Grove Business Park

PhosphonicS will move into 8,594 sq ft at the Quadrangle development on Grove Business Park to set up their new office and R&D laboratory facility.