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The Beacon

South Oxfordshire


Portway, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9GS

Tel: 01235 763456

The Beacon


The Beacon is a vibrant gathering place for the local community (named after the historic beacons along the town’s ancient Ridgeway) offering a varied programme of live events from cinema, music, theatre (including the National Theatre Live’s season) and comedy to a regular activity timetable of classes and workshops.

As one of the largest venues in the area and just a minute’s walk from Wantage’s town centre, we host a wide range of activities to suit people of all ages and interests. We also offer children’s party packages, wedding receptions and delegate packages for business, or you can host your own event or celebration. Our ground floor Coffee Shop is open every day with a selection of fresh cakes and sandwiches to accompany our locally sourced coffee and range of teas, and our bar, with a variety of beers, wines and spirits is open for events.

The team at The Beacon are here to provide a warm, welcoming service to ensure that your visit, whether to attend one of our events or as a hirer, goes perfectly. With a choice of rooms for hire, including a large 350-seat auditorium, two exercise studios and two other function rooms, The Beacon is the ultimate flexible modern space, whatever your requirements.

More information can be found on our website at: or by calling our reception on: 01235 763 456

Guide Prices

We aim to offer affordable tickets to all our events and offer a family ticket discount for our regular children’s theatre performances. Prices vary for each of our shows and screenings, please check our website for details and our ticket booking policy can also be viewed on our website.


Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre - the market town of Wantage
  • Outdoor Attraction - Events and activities for the community


  • Accessible Lift
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - Disabled Parking available
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (charge) - 2 hours Free (free after 6pm) Disabled Parking available


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Coffee Shop & Bar
  • Picnic Site - Outdoor seating for the coffee shop

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 3 Hours
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times - The venue can be hired to meet customer needs
  • Special group rates - For selected bookings and schools.
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth


Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Beacon is illuminating Wantage through the culture, leisure and entertainment.

As a vibrant gathering place for the local community, we offer a varied programme of live events from cinema, music, theatre and comedy to a regular activity timetable of classes and workshops.

Public Transport Directions

The Beacon is in the centre of Wantage town with a taxi rank and bus stop a 2-minute walk away

Our nearest train station is Didcot.

Portway Public Car Park (OX12 9BU) is outside The Beacon. It is open 24 hours a day and chargeable Monday to Saturday (including bank holidays) from 8am until 6pm. Free on Sundays.  Please note that a valid ticket must be displayed at all times during the charging period - including for the free two hours. 

 Disabled badge holders can park free of charge (unlimited time limit), providing they display their badge. If all disabled bays are full a standard bay may be used.

Please note that this is a public car park and can fill up quickly. However, there are plenty of other car parks within Wantage, please see the map on our website for further details.


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2017

Opening Times

* All opening times Mon-Fri 8am-10pm

Sat/Sun variable
Events on selected bank holiday

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