Wantage is a part of the many elegant, historic market Towns that make up Oxfordshire. The heart of Wantage, the town centre, is where many lovely pubs, shops and places to eat are situated. As well as weekly Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Places to browse and have a bite to eat include, Jason’s Flowers, New Look, WHSmith’s, Mad Hatter Books, The Buzz Café, Wildwood Kitchen and much more. It is also the home of the magnificent King Alfred statue, having an origin dating back to 1877. The purpose of the piece was to celebrate Wantage as the birthplace of King Alfred the great.
Wantage is well known for its appreciation for the arts. Therefore, every summer a fantastic Arts Festival is held within the town. This event is extends over a period of 5 weeks. Giving the community plenty of time to get involved. The Arts Festival holds numerous musical concerts, performances for writers, many art exhibitions and intriguing lectures.
Another treasure to explore within Wantage is the Vale and Downland Museum. Its content and exhibitions depict the historic cultural heritage Wantage and the surrounding area. The museum also has a delightful café that provides fresh tea, coffee, breakfasts, lunches and other home baked goods.
Betjeman Millennium Park makes a perfect morning stroll before exploring Wantage’s shopping and food opportunities. The trail offers beautiful views and historic information about the land and its surrounding area. The convenient location enables the community to enjoy the park on their way to the town centre.
The Parish Church is a grand building having a history going back to the 13th century. The Church withholds many ancient treasures to be admired and a spectacular Organ that was built in 1997. However, it is not the only magnificent building within Wantage and the surrounding area. Placed in the town centre is the Church of SS. Peter and Paul. As well as the Church of Holy Trinity, Charlton.
Wantage is also admired for its lovely collection of pubs. Such as, the iconic King Alfred’s Head. Providing the classic ambience of an Oxfordshire pub, alongside locally sourced food with a vast range beers, ales and wine. The community also admires its weekly quiz night. Another quant pub within Wantage is The Boars Head, situated in a beautiful Tudor style building. The pub captures the true tradition of classic pub food and more. Enjoy a cold beer in the delightful garden, or a cosy tea by the open fires.