Category: Cafés

Watchet 1940s Weekend


The clocks go back at the weekend to the 1940s.

The bunting has been sewn, plans have been made, props have been built, dresses have been bought, menus selected and panic has taken over!

The 13th, 14th and 15th September will see Watchet invaded by large groups of re-enactors. As part of the West Somerset Railway ’40s Weekend, Watchet once again goes all out to re-create a 1940s town. Shops and businesses will have bomb taped windows, shop windows will be dressed, cafes and pubs will serve 40s fare.

The air raid sirens will sound and the trains will carry military hardware.


Friday sees the invasion of 140 evacuees! They will arrive by train and be taken to the Methodist hall where they will be allocated their families. Receive a lunch of spam sandwiches and cake and their allotted sweet ration.

In the Boat Museum, music from Betty Bluebird will be part of the evening celebration.


The arrival of the re-enactors from all over the country  will see Watchet’s population explode! Saturday has a full program of entertainment on the Esplanade, with Brass bands, community choir, stalls, 40s singing groups and individuals. Military vehicles and personnel moving around the town. Tea shops filled with cake and pubs with liver and onions!!!


Uniformed personnel will attend a church service on Sunday morning at the war memorial this will start the day rightly remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom. Then the music will begin once again on the esplanade, time for dancing and having fun. Drinking tea, eating cake and enjoying the afternoon sun (which has been booked!)until we can do no more.

By 5 o’clock we’ll all be full of cake, feet will ache, heads will be pounding and we’ll ll be totally exhausted!! Don’t forget……………….


“What I love about Watchet” – Sam, Sam’s Deli

Where do I start when I think about the special town of Watchet, a place where I both live and operate my own small business – Sam’s Deli.


Watchet is still one of those places where you walk along the street and you are greeted with countless “hellos, good mornings & good afternoons”, a place where you are never a stranger.

We are blessed to be surrounded by beautiful countryside and the ever-changing Bristol Channel.


Although a fairly small town, Watchet is full of events and attractions, whether you love to walk along the coastal paths or the Mineral Line to Washford or prefer a more leisurely visit enjoying the many eating establishments and award-winning pubs.


I have yet to find another town where so many wonderful events  take place, all thanks to the town’s small army of volunteers: we have the hilarious wheelbarrow race, eclectic street markets, a great carnival, a week’s worth of festivities hosted by ‘Watchet Summertime’  and of course the amazing Watchet Music Festival which always sells out and attracts visitors from far and wide.


Music and Art are especially well represented in Watchet with a number of galleries including the Award winning ‘Contains Art’ installation.

Live music is played in a number of venues nearly every week, with my particular favourite being Pebbles Tavern which in addition to winning CAMRA Cider Pub of The Year for five years running, hosts regular top class performers from all over the world.


Watchet for me, to borrow a phrase is “The Little Town That Could”


– Sam, Sam’s Deli


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