A NEWLY relaunched civic hall is hoping to establish itself in the heart of its local community by becoming the go-to place for events and occasions.

Didcot Civic Hall in Britwell Road will host three large-scale events this summer to try to tempt people in and look around to see what it has to offer.

It comes after long discussions about the future management of the hall which eventually saw the running of the facility brought in-house by Didcot Town Council.

The first event on June 1 will see an all singing, all dancing, screening of the hit film The Greatest Showman.

An outdoor cinema will be set up in the civic hall's gardens with room for 250 people to attend a sing-a-long screening of the musical.

Chelsea Lordan, the weddings co-ordinator for the civic hall, said the idea was to put on a large event to help people discover the space and its facilities.

She said: "I hear from lots people who live in the town who don't know what the building is until they come in.

"People think it is just the offices of the council.

"We are hoping that this summer our events will bring people in, raise lots of money for charities and help show off the spaces people can use in future."

Following the film screening, the civic hall will again open its doors on July 27 for a culture and community day.

This aims to bring people together to share elements of their different cultures including food, songs, dance and crafts.

The event will run from 10am until 4pm with tickets priced at £1 for adults.

Ms Lordan said the event would raise money for Bibic, a children's charity, and help sponsor things like sensory rooms.

The final event will see a family day on August 24 from 11am until 6pm.

Guests will be able to enjoy games, stalls, bouncy castles and a barbecue.

Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and children will get in free.

The events come as the civic hall celebrates its recent nominations in two high profile awards.

In the Thames Valley business and community awards, held in Reading on January 31, the civic hall was nominated for the outstanding contribution to the community award.

On May 23, at a ceremony in London, it will find out whether it has won the award for community business of the year at the FSB celebrating small business awards.

The civic hall was flung into the national spotlight last December when BBC radio DJ Greg James held his special party for young carers inside the venue.

Mr James wanted to throw the ultimate party for more than 100 young carers in Oxfordshire to reward them for the work they do to look after loved ones.

Didcot Civic Hall underwent a £1.3million refurbishment in 2011.

At the time the extension to the building off Broadway was extended to make it more visible.

A new foyer, larger bar and new stage were all also added during the year-long revamp.