What's On at The Beacon 

At The Beacon we run a regular programme of events for the local community to participate in and enjoy.


If you would like to keep up-to-date with all our events, activites and offers, then join our mailing list.


All events run by The Beacon can be booked at The Beacon Box Office Reception: 01235 763456. You can also download our current ticket booking policy here.


Take a look at our regular activities, run by people in the local community.


The Beacon, Wantage is proud to be a member of The Family Arts Standards, providing activities that welcome families. Find out more.




Community Event: Festival Choir Night

Wednesday 20 June | 7.30pm | £12 adults | £8 children

A chance for local choirs to strut their stuff on the big stage at the Beacon.

Any local choir welcome (contact Jim 01235 767975)


Community Event: Festival Midsummer Party

Friday 29 June | 7.30pm | £15

Dance to Wantage Big Band and disco, with cabaret, disco and finger buffet.

Celebrate a great Festival!






Theatre: Connie's Colander

Thursday 5 July | 7.30pm | £5

Written by Human Story Theatre’s Gaye Poole, Connie’s Colander is a new play intertwining a mother and daughter’s journey with dementia.

“The acting is a tour de force by Amy Enticknap, as daughter, and Gaye Poole as her mother. Yet, despite the subject material, the play is alive with good humour…” Daily Info 

Live Music: Simon Goodall and the Bourne Again Shadows

Saturday 21 July | 7.30pm | £15

As part of their ‘Celebrating Sixty Years of Cliff and The Shadows’ tour, Simon Goodall and The Bourne Again Shadows are playing at The Beacon!

The band are critically acclaimed as the most authentic Cliff and The Shadows tribute act.  


Andre Rieu Maastricht Concert 2018

Sunday 29 July | 3.00pm | £15

Saturday 18 August | 3.00pm | £15

One of the most popular live acts in the world, the King of the Waltz André Rieu has announced that his 2018 Maastricht concerts will be screened in over 2000 cinemas worldwide, as he performs his hometown shows this year with a celebration of love. 






Family: The Snail and the Whale

Sunday 5 August | 3.00pm | £12 | £44 family Ticket for 4

Join a tiny snail on her trip round the world in Tall Stories’ magical, musical production inspired by the fantastic bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. 






National Theatre Live: Julie

Thursday 6 September | 7.00pm | £15

Certificate: 15

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.

Please note that Julie will contain strobe lighting.

An Evening of Wine Tasting

English Wines

Friday 14th September | 7.00pm | £20

Come and join Brian Davis the experienced wine educator for an evening of wine tasting at The Beacon.

Limited availability, early booking advised.

Seann Walsh: After This One, I'm Going Home

Saturday 15 September | 8.00pm | £15

14+ (Parental Guidance) Likely to be swearing and adult content

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.

National Theatre Live: King Lear

Thursday 27 September | 7.00pm | £15

Certificate: 12A

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season.  Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.


Community Event: An Evening of Mediumship with Terri Stromeyer

Friday 28 September | 7.00pm | £15

International Psychic Medium, Terri Stromeyer, is pleased to be back at The Beacon in Wantage, Oxfordshire. Come along for an evening of spirit communication and reconnect with those that have passed over to spirit. Terri brings through the thoughts, memories and conversations of those who have passed over onto the other side.

Terri will also be holding a Psychic clinic for private 1-2-1 sittings the following day. Book now – info@terristromeyer.com | www.terristromeyer.com






Gregg Wallace: Doesn't Get Tougher Than This

Saturday 6 October | 8.00pm

  • Standard Ticket - £20
  • Premium Ticket (includes show ticket and signed apron) - £30
  • VIP Ticket (includes show ticket, signed apron and meet & greet with Gregg post show *Limited number of tickets available*) - £40

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. 


Community Event: Wantage Silver Band

Annual Concert

Saturday 13 October | £10

Featuring all bands including new junior band and senior bands

Christmas Concert

Saturday 1 December | £10

Featuring our prize-winning Wantage Band, conductor Paul Holland

For each concert, tickets £10 (£8 concessions | £1 Children)

Tickets Available form Regent Bookstore and Bretts Chemist

01235 770378 | www.wantageband.org/events






Family: How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens

Wednesday 7 November | 1:30pm | £6.50 Children | £9.50 Adults | Babes-in-arms go free

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. 



Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens

Friday 23 November | 8.00pm | £20 | £18 Concessions

Age recommendation 16+

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

An Evening of Wine Tasting

Christmas Wines

Friday 30th November | 7.00pm | £20

Come and join Brian Davis the experienced wine educator for an evening of wine tasting at The Beacon.

Limited availability, early booking advised.






National Theatre Live: Anthony & Cleopatra 

Thursday 6 December | 7.00pm 

Certificate: 12A

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.



Pantomime: Sleeping Beauty

Friday 21 December | 4.00pm 

Saturday 22 December | 1.00pm & 4.00pm

Tickets £8.50 | £32 Family Ticket for 4

Talegate Theatre Productions are back at The Beacon for the fifth year with Sleeping Beauty.






National Theatre Live: The Madness of George III

Thursday 17 January | 7.00pm

Certificate: 12A

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man. 



National Theatre Live: I'm Not Running 

Thursday 31 January | 7.00pm

Certificate: 12A

Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.

What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?



Live Music: The Zoots

The Sounds of the Seventies

Friday 26 April 2019 | 8.00pm | £ 15

This amazing 70s tribute has it all! Join The Sounds Of The Seventies for their unforgettable live show, as they explore the monster sounds of T.Rex, Queen, Bowie, Abba, The Sweet, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, and other amazing Seventies legends! From Glam Rock to Prog Rock, Motown to Disco – there's something for everyone!– you can't help grooving to The Sounds Of The Seventies'!