Wantage Dickensian Evening 2016 – Friday, 2nd of December 2016, 6-9PM


If you wish to run a charity stall please download this form – click here.

If you wish to run a business stall please download this form – click here.

We are currently working on 2016 event and we will publish the full 2016 Programme as soon as we have it. 

Please check our website for information from 2015 to learn more and prepare for this year. 

Wantage Dickensian Evening is always held on the first Friday in December. It is a free social community event organised by a group of volunteers and supported by the Wantage Town Council and local sponsors. It is an evening of various activities which has a nice Christmas feel with seasonal music and light. Initially it was designed to promote Christmas shopping and allow the local retailers to thank their customers for supporting them over the year, but over the last 20 years it has evolved into a richer experience for our guests. In the last few years we had various charity and commercial stalls, community groups featuring their work, local artists and performers featuring their seasonal programme, Christmas activities for children (Father Christmas arriving to his Grotto on a sleigh drawn by a magical sparkly pony, real reindeer, donkeys from the Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, switch on of the Christmas Lights by the Mayor of Wantage and local radio presenter, Christmas Carols with Wantage Silver Band and the Parish Church Choir). We also have a fun fair on the night.


Every year we are doing our best to provide many interesting activities depending on the financial support provided by our sponsors. This year the evening of Friday, 2nd of December starts at 6 PM and lasts until 9 PM. The roads into Wantage Market place are closed at 4PM to enable the set up of stalls and planned attractions. (Please note there will be limited parking from 12.30, you can find out more in our useful information section).

If you wish to run a charity stall please download this form – click here.

If you wish to run a business stall please download this form – click here.

Information for stall holders:

We feel that over the years the “Dickensian Theme” to the evening has relaxed and this year we want to try to make sure that ALL stall holders make the effort to dress up themselves and their stalls. We cannot supply any stalls, shelter, lighting or electric. It would be nice if the stalls are lit, even by lanterns or fairy lights. This will add to the magical atmosphere that we are trying to create.

The event runs from 6.00pm until 9pm. Stall Holders are allowed entry, to set up from 4.45pm via Newbury Street. A maximum of 2 vehicles per pitch will be allowed entry to unload and these must be removed via Wallingford Street by 5.45pm. Please do not block the market square when unloading and keep to the normal traffic direction. Please do not park any vehicles in front of the shops in Mill Street. For safety reasons please do not attempt to bring in vehicles until after 9pm. Your help with these simple safety rules is appreciated. Please bring black bin liners with you and clear away all your rubbish into the Skip provided by the Statue.

Check out our 2016 Programme (download as .pdf here)



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  4 comments for “About

  1. Louise Preece
    October 13, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Hi, I’m chairman of the Wantage Air Cadets we have a stall every year and would like to be involved again this year, I am away the date of your meeting so won’t be able to come along, I would appreciate being kept informed of what is going on if possible and happy to be involved with any other meetings. Thanks Louise 🙂

  2. Margaret West
    October 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I e-mailed a question to dickensian@wantage.com but it failed because it was a bad destination address. What e-mail address should I use?

  3. September 23, 2015 at 10:04 am


    is the Dickensian Evening taking place this year and if so would it be possible for the 17th Annual Abingdon Air & Country Show to have a Publicity Stall in attendance
    A 5 minute Promotional
    Video has been posted on to the new Facebook page for the 17th Annual Abingdon
    Air & Country Show.

    Please take a look and share it around if you can


  4. Bethany woodwards
    October 22, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Hi. I have just become an organiser for fundraising at a pre school in grove how do i go about doing a stall. New to the fundrasing sence thanks x

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