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.


Talk: Cafe Scientifique!

Second Tuesday of the Month| 7.30pm | Doors 7pm | FREE

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


Paravicini Jazz Quartet

Thursday 14 December | 7.30pm | £15

The Derek Paravicini Quartet is the new must-hear group, currently wowing audiences all over the UK, following their successful debut on the BBC’s ‘In Tune’ programme. Four stunningly talented young musicians combine to create a unique sound, portraying a kaleidoscope of emotions – now achingly sad, now humorous, now infused with warmth – and all shot through with a fiery virtuosity.

Derek Paravicini Quartet are a musical chameleon, able to change their sonic palette to suit any occasion, with the breathtaking new takes on classic songs and jazz standards, and a repertoire from ragtime to Radiohead, from Irving Berlin to the Beatles, from Cole Porter to Coldplay.

Derek Paravicini - Piano

Derek is one of the most extraordinary pianists and musical entertainers of his generation. Yet he is blind, autistic and has severe learning difficulties. Dubbed ‘The Human iPod’ in the States, Derek has a repertoire of tens of thousands of pieces – all learnt very rapidly, just by listening. There is so much more to Derek than an iPod, though; beneath the quiet charm lies a fiery, creative musician, whose astonishing improvisations and dazzling technique have wowed audiences all over the world, with over a million hits on Youtube and another million on TED.

Hannah Davey - Vocals

Hannah has always had a love for singing jazz having grown up listening to the great singers including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Diana Krall. She has now built another aspect to her career as a jazz and blues vocalist singing both standards and arrangements of modern songs. Hannah met Derek while performing for Music for Autism which provides high calibre performance for children and adults with special needs.

Ben Holder - Violin

Ben’s innate sense of swing rhythm (something which often eludes classical players) stems from those early listening sessions – and his various awards bear testimony to his abilities. A first call jazz violinist for many of the North’s top bands and studios.

Ollie Howell - Drums

Already with several high-profile awards to his name, Ollie was recently awarded a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, in association with Sky and Ideas Tap, and is the first ever jazz musician to receive this Scholarship. Ollie’s debut album ‘Sutures and Stitches’ was released in 2013 to huge critical acclaim, and is available now on Whirlwind Recordings.

The Nutcracker

Saturday 6 January | 5.00pm | £12 | Children under 16 £8


Opera Unmasked presents Ballet on Film at The Beacon, Wantage. Join us for a screening of the 2010 Royal Ballet Production of The Nutcracker with story introduction read by local actor Jenny Johns.


Wantage Flower Club

1st Thursday of the month at 7pm for a 7.30pm start

Wantage Flower Club is a place to enjoy flower arranging and make friends. Beginners and newcomers to Wantage and the surrounding area are especially welcome!

As a flower club member you can watch demonstrations of flower arrangements by experienced flower arrangers with accompanying stories and tips along the way. You may even win one of these amazing flower arrangements in the raffle to take home. You can attend workshops and with help take home a beautiful floral display. The flower club runs 3 competitions in a year from beginners to intermediate and advanced levels. You could even enter a competition at Blenheim Palace Flower Show at BB&O (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxon) area level. The competitions are a great chance to get feedback and advice on how to improve your skills. You can go on outings and attend social events also helping to raise money for charity, which are a great way to get to know other members of the club. As our club is also a member of the BB&O area of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies), there are even more events to enjoy, including holidays in the UK and abroad. Flowers always make you smile, so come and join our next meeting, after all the Wantage Flower Club Motto is "FUN WITH FRIENDS & FLOWERS"!