Things to do in Wantage

Things to do in Wantage

Once a market town, always a market town, Wantage has a thriving commercial centre known for its home grown produce, jewellers and crafters. Perhaps more famously, Wantage is also known for being the birthplace of Alfred the Great; a statue of the king stands at the heart of the bustling marketplace full of independent shops, bars and cafes. There are also many places of natural beauty surrounding the town, from the nearby White Horse to the ancient hill fort.

Food and drink in Wantage

Wantage has a strong gastronomic offer, so let’s begin our list of recommendations with a handful of choice places to enjoy a good meal.

La Fontana

A lovely Italian restaurant and an excellent place for a wine and dine experience with textbook Italian cuisine and hospitality. La Fontana also offers accommodation and venues for events and functions - including weddings

The Buzz Cafe

Because a shopappy list wouldn’t be complete without a bee/duck/cat themed entry, we have the Buzz Cafe, chosen not only for its name but also for its all day breakfast and award winning coffee - not to mention the array of mouth watering cakes and treats, all made on site.


It’s worth noting that the Buzz also has a stall at the local market, bringing their signature food and drink to keep you buzzing along even on the busiest (beesiest?) of days.

Marcopolo Bakery

Delicious and nutritious home-baked breads, all freshly made in a wide variety of styles, from traditional English bread, Italian specialities and French patisserie. Marcopolo also offers pies and fillings, perfect to take home or eat on the go. 

 

Enjoy a vast array of independent shops

Hebe Homestore

Hebe Homestore offers a beautiful mix of vintage furniture, artisanal ceramics and glassware, natural, organic skincare, and all kinds of home and lifestyle accessories. Following the principle of 'Simple, Useful, Beautiful,' the store’s collections highlight independent makers, from both the UK and further afield. This store is a must visit for a dose of homeware that is both chic and zen.

Play It Again Records

Nestled right in the heart of town, this hole-in-the-wall record store stocks albums and singles from a wide range of music genres, as well as second hand CDs, guitars and a variety of music memorabilia. No matter your music preferences, Play It Again is a brilliant place for a poke around.

Regent Furniture, Books, Rugs and Gifts

A friendly, family owned business stocking craftsman built bespoke pine wood and painted furniture and home accessories. They also offer a wide range of gifts, toys, kitchen-ware, toiletries, candles, and cards. The store also stocks more than 100,000 second-hand books!

Coleman & Coleman Jewellers

An independent jewellers, specialising in bespoke jewellery created using both traditional and state-of-the-art methods, the team at Coleman & Coleman particularly enjoy working with and developing customers’ own ideas. They also stock a wide range of jewellery for everyday wear and special occasions.

Alfredston Art, Glass and Collectables

An independent jewellers, specialising in bespoke jewellery created using both traditional and state-of-the-art methods, the team at Coleman & Coleman particularly enjoy working with and developing customers’ own ideas. They also stock a wide range of jewellery for everyday wear and special occasions.

Enjoy Wantage’s fabulous twice-weekly market 

Wantage has markets each Wednesday & Saturday 8am - 3pm. All kinds of local wares and produce are available on a weekly basis which makes for perfect mooching time. And with some stalls joining ad-hoc - you never know what will turn up in the mornings. Find some exquisite food and enjoy the rustic atmosphere surrounding this long standing market gathering.

Lauren’s Brownies

A staple at Wantage market, this stall offers fudgy and rich handmade chocolate brownies. Lauren Davies has been baking the perfect gooey brownies for over seven years. Her delicious treats are also available for delivery!

Hillside House Honey

Father and Son beekeeping duo bring their pure and delicious English honey made right here in Wantage. Ecologically friendly and tasty, this dynamic duo also utilise the leftover honeycomb to make numerous wax products, from candles to lip balms, wasting nothing.

Discover some Oxfordshire history

Vale & Downland Museum

An excellent example of community partnership. The Vale & Downland Museum offers a wide range of services, from galleries and exhibitions, to a cafe with a lovely terrace and garden. It also acts as an informational hub for residents and visitors alike to begin enjoying the countryside and cultural heritage surrounding Wantage.

Take a walk on a fort

Segsbury Camp

Serene and lonely, this Iron age hill fort has seen more recent usage grazing sheep as opposed to fending off invasion. Walk around the mound ramparts where once sturdy palisade walls would have stood, and enjoy the peaceful seclusion this piece of ancient history has to offer.

Betjeman Millennium Park

A natural oasis huddled in the middle of town; walk beside a softly bubbling brook, under sheltering branches, and enjoy the various seasonal flowers that pop up in Spring and Summer. The park is also seeded with historic and artistic monuments. A central ring of standing stones makes for a known performance area for poetry recitals and the occasional play - or more commonly a good place for a picnic. Speaking of poetry, six inscribed plaques are scattered around the wooded area alongside several rustic Learning Spaces where local schools go to teach children about nature.

We hope you have enjoyed our top picks for Wantage, a fabulous market town with a great deal to offer. We recommend taking a look at the rest of the shops currently on Shopappy.com/wantage when planning a trip in person.

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