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‘Enjoy the unique energy and personality of Wantage’’

The charming market town of Wantage is tucked neatly in the lee of the ancient Ridgeway Trail and is near to the Uffington White Horse. Its beautiful architecture hints at a wondrous medieval history as the birthplace of King Alfred and has provided inspiration for literary greats such as Thomas Hardy and John Betjeman. The Wantage ‘not just’ Betjeman Festival at the end of October features many exciting literature related events including well-known authors and celebrities.  Betjeman Memorial Park has recently been nationally recognised as an exemplary urban green space and presents a statue of the poet and several displays representing his works in a wooded area a short distance from Wantage Church.

The town has weekly markets on Wednesday and Saturday as well as a vibrant mixture of independent boutiques and a distinct taste of local produce from the local pubs, restaurants and microbreweries.  There are many lively events held within the town, with arts, music and literary festivals and fun days scattered across the parish calendar.  These events often feature live music from numerous thriving music and dance groups, including the Wantage Silver Band, Pandemonium Folk Group, Icknield Way Morris Men and The Vale Islanders who often perform outside The Bear Hotel in the Marketplace .

On a grey day the nationally acclaimed community Vale and Downland Museum is sure to entertain with its broad ranging cultural galleries and terraced cafe. Pick up the Letcombe Brook Discovery leaflet and explore this rare chalk stream, as its crystal clear waters flow through the town, home to water voles and wild brown trout.

The town makes a perfect base for more adventurous exploration or active sports like horse riding or mountain biking through the beautiful countryside.  Wantage is surrounded by many idyllic villages such as the Letcombes, Ardington and the Hendreds, which can be explored in a day’s cycling or on foot using the old field paths. It is an ideal place to begin a visit to the picturesque Vale of the White Horse.



Discover more about Wantage

Wantage, the birthplace of King Alfred the Great, is an historic market town, situated just 2 miles from The Ridgeway National Trail. It a wonderful place to shop, enjoy the local history or use as a centre from which to explore the Oxfordshire countryside. To find out more follow the links below:

Wantage website »

Visit South Oxfordshire website »

Courthill website »

Oxfordshire Villages website »

Wantage Betjeman website »


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