Up and about early, and in all weathers throughout the year, bringing us lovely fresh produce including fruit & veg, bread & cakes, fish, flowers, eggs, meat and more. We love our regular market traders and local Artisans who join us once a month (seasonal).
Wantage has a long history of market trading . . .
A growing and thriving independent shops community – Welcome to Arbery Arcade, Wantage
"…when deciding to open our first shop, Wantage was the obvious location for us."
One of the key strengths and attractions of Wantage town centre is our great group of independent shops. And one of the biggest changes since our town team project started . . .
Filling empty shops? Why it can take time.
"Shops closing by the week. What is being done to stop Wantage being turned into a ghost town?" So said a tweet sent in . . .
'Then and Now' Images of Wantage shops spark many memories
Memories of Wantage shops, their owners and staff, and what they sold have been sparked by a collection of photographs being displayed at . . .
From the Charlton Spring Festival, through Ray's Carnival to the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival and Dickensian Evening in December, it's a varied and vibrant programme and central to it is the five-week Wantage Summer Festival.
It's a now regular and popular fixture in the cultural calendar . . .
When our town team project started, Wantage town centre had 23 empty units – that's around 12.5% of the total. And although that was not far off the national average it was high for a south east market town, and was impacting heavily on the look of the town centre and on morale. Mill Street had nine of those empties and – although it was home to salons, and financial businesses and takeaways – it had no shops!
Working with landlords and agents to overcome . . .
POSTED ON 09 March 2017
Today, 15 Mill Street, Wantage is home to The Mix - a popular community space hosting a wide range of events, workshops and local group meetings as well as a number of business people who use it as a hot-desking facility.
When our town team project started, the building was very different . . .
Looking for a gift, or something for the house or somewhere to eat or stay. How often is the next phrase we hear "Google it!"?
For businesses this is now a vitally important message, and its one Wantage Town Team has responded to with a pioneering initiative . . .
POSTED ON 1st February 2017