Wantage and Grove make an ideal base for exploring Oxfordshire and the surrounding countryside provides great opportunities for walking, cycling and horse-riding. Grove is also the home of Williams F1, one of the world's leading Formula One teams, the Grove Technology Park and the Crown Packaging Innovation Centre.
Williams F1 has secured 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles in the past 30 years
Grove Technology Park has 25 companies in its main buildings and a further 60 smaller businesses in its business centre. More than 800 people work on the Park.
Crown Packaging is a world leader in metal packaging technology. With operations in 41 countries employing over 21,000 people and net sales of $8.3 billion.
Famous residents of Wantage have included King Alfred the Great and Sir John Betjeman
Williams F1, one of the world's leading Formula One teams is based in Grove. Williams F1 employs around 520 people on a 40 hectare technology campus. One of Crown Packaging's innovation centres is based in Grove. The centre uses its research and engineering capability to provide innovative metal packaging solutions. Grove Technology Park can offer employment land sites of up to 6 hectares.
Infineum at Milton Hill is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of lubricant additives used primarily in automotive, heavy-duty diesel and marine engines, and additives for gasoline and diesel fuels.
Around Wantage and Grove you can access one of the UK's richest arrays of prehistoric monuments. The beautiful 3,000 year old White Horse and striking Iron Age hill forts, such as Segsbury Camp and Uffington Castle. The Bronze Age Wayland's Smithy is one of the UK's most impressive prehistoric tombs. For the outward bound there is the Ridgeway, the UK's oldest road covering a total distance of 85 miles from Overton Hill to Ivinghoe Beacon. A walk along the Ridgeway will give panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The Vale and Downland Museum is a good place to start a visit and for more information on activities and places of interest see www.visitvale.com and www.wantage.com