Community Events at The Beacon

Our community events are run by people in the local community, often along with ourselves, for the community to enjoy. Our programme of events is constantly being developed and updated so ensure you check back frequently to see what exciting performances have been added to the calendar.



Acoustic Blues Weekend

Friday 3 - Sunday 5 March

The weekend will feature instructional workshops for all levels: Richard Taylor will run a blues harmonica class, Adam Franklin will conduct the bottleneck slide guitar class and Michael Roach will teach a country blues guitar class. 

Friday 3 March | 1pm - 5pm + an evening jam session from 8pm

Saturday 4 March | 10am - 5pm + public staff concerts at 8pm

Sunday 5 March | 10am - 3pm

Whole weekend registration £160 | Saturday £80 (inc. ticket to evening show) | Friday or Sunday £50

All classes run on each day, participants are free to attend any classes they'd like. We will cater for all levels and recommend you bring along a portable recorder for future reference.

For enquiries or to book a place please contact Euroblues Promotions on: 01242 701 765 or


Acoustic Blues House Party

Saturday 4 March | 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 - available via Box Office (01235 763 456)

A rare opportunity to see four of the leading names on the blues and roots scene playing together in an informal setting.

ABIE BUDGEN - vocals and guitar

ADAM FRANKLIN - vocals and slide guitar

RICHARD TAYLOR - vocals and harmonica

MICHAEL ROACH - vocals and guitar


Rock @ The Beacon

Saturday 11 March | 2pm - midnight

Tickets: £7.50 (on the door)

Wantage Rotary Club are delighted to promote a Rock @ The Beacon event on the 11th March this year, following on from last year’s highly successful inaugural event. For a modest admission fee of £7.50, a full ten hours of rock music will be available, featuring local groups such as Thunderbird, Evergreen, Growler, Philly K, Eleven, and the Undercovers, plus the local Rock Choir, and also special guests from the Sweatbox.

Everyone attending will be given wristbands, which will allow re-entry to the hall without further charge. The event is being run with the assistance of the Sweatbox, a very vibrant youth club associated with King Alfred’s Academy, and Team Mikayla, a local charity inspired by a ten year old girl, who is fighting brain cancer. The charity has, so far, raised over £50,000, all funds being used to provide special treats for children, like Mikayla, who are fighting cancer.

Team Mikayla will be running a raffle throughout the day, and members of the Sweatbox will be providing authentic hot dogs, all cooked on site. In addition, The Beacon, which is very kindly sponsoring the event, will be selling local real ale.



Talk: Cafe Scientifique!

Tuesday 14 March | 7.30pm

Monthly science and engineering evening talks in our Coffee Shop, free entry! This month's topic will be announced soon.

Wantage Beer Festival

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 March | 11am - 11pm (both days)

Organised and run by White Horse CAMRA in close association with The Beacon, this year’s festival will feature 28 ales along with ciders selected by branch members, many from breweries local to the Vale.  Wantage brewer “Adkin” will produce a specially created Irish Pale ale, in honour of March 17th of course being St Patricks Day. Other beer styles will include India Pale Ales , Stouts and a Wheat Beer.  Last Year’s Champion Beer of Britain Binghams Vanilla Stout will also be available.

A souvenir half pint glass will be available for visitors to purchase. The glass has been sponsored by the famous Royal Oak (Newbury Street).

Friday 17th In the afternoon many of the local brewers will be present at the festival to talk to customers about their beers. 

Friday 17th at 6pm the Festival will host the presentation of this year’s White Horse branch Campaign for Real Ale awards in the presence of the Mayor, Councillor Steve Trinder

Awards will include White Horse Pub of the Year, Cider Pub of the Year, Country Pub of the Year and Club of Year.

Saturday 18th. The afternoon will be for Families, with a range of activities available.  It is also planned to show the Six Nations Rugby live television coverage in the main hall.

The event is staffed and run by volunteers of the Campaign for Real Ale. (CAMRA)


Jigsaw Stage Productions: 

Made in Dagenham

Wednesday 5 - Saturday 8 April | 7.30pm (& 2.30pm Saturday matinee)

Tickets: £14 standard, £12 concessions (inc OAPs) | Wed 5 all seats £10

Inspired by a true story and based on a hit movie, this is an uplifting new British musical comedy about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right.

Funny, touching and timeless, Made in Dagenham shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they stand together. Expect energy and humour by the bucket load from the talented and vibrant cast. An amateur production by arrangement with Josef Wienberger.




Opera on Film: The Marriage of Figaro

Presented by Opera Unmasked

Thursday 13 April | 7.00pm

Tickets: £12 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)

Available from The Beacon Box Office: 01235 763 456

With the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists. Musical direction by John Eliot Gardiner.

This stunning production of Le Nozze di Figaro ("The Marriage of Figaro") comes about as close to Mozartian perfection as one could possibly hope to get. The faultlessly cast youthful performers bubble with infectious energy. 
Olivier Mille's direction mixes knockabout comedy and restrained pathos with fluid inventiveness, and there are even--heavens, can this really be an opera?--quite a few belly laughs, and deliciously amusing details.
John Eliot Gardiner draws exquisite playing from his authentic-instrument orchestra and employs tempos that are ideal. Add to that gorgeous 18th-century costumes and effective sets--it doesn't get much better than this.