Category: Visitor Centre

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……………….


Pinch and a punch…….


July has arrived and the sun has decided to show its face. Hooray! Holiday season is well and truly upon us, so its time to get organised.

If you’re holidaying here in Watchet or even if you’re local you need to find out whats going on so you can make the absolute best of holiday season.


Well, I can’t guarantee the weather, but I can guarantee that you’ll receive a very warm welcome here in Watchet and you’ll always find something interesting to do.


So, I’ve just been organising the guided walks around Watchet.

We have 6 organised walks with David Milton our Town Crier. (His full title is Common Crier and Bellman!)                                                  David is a larger than life character, known for his exuberance and laughter! Every talk will be sprinkled with local history and folklore, local interest and architecture, fun and laughter and maybe a song or two!

These walks start at the Visitor Centre and last for approximately 2 hours. You can book a place by phoning the Visitor Centre on 01643 632101 or why not pop in and secure your spot.

24th July 2019  Meeting at 2pm  in the Visitor Centre

31st July 2019 Meeting at 6pm in the Visitor Centre

7th August 2019 Meeting at 6pm in the Visitor Centre

14th August 2019 Meeting at 6pm in the Visitor Centre

21st August 2019  Meeting at 2pm in the Visitor Centre

28th August 2019 Meeting at 6pm in the Visitor Centre

Cost £5 per person,  Children under 14 free.


Top Father’s Day Gifts from the Visitor Centre

With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday you might be looking for that perfect gift that’s not just another pair of socks! We’ve got you covered with our top gifts from our lovely Visitor Centre…


For the bookworm! This beautiful collection of books accompanied Contains Arts unprecedented exhibitions and celebrates the work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Shakespeare and H. G. Wells. The collection is bound together and is only £30 or get the individual books for £12 each.


For the walker!
I know, I know… A map probably isn’t the most wonderful gift on Father’s Day! We are however extremely lucky to be surrounded by such incredible scenery and wildlife so why not take a lovely walk after filling up on a huge roast at one of Watchet’s pubs and then burn it off! You’ll need the map so you don’t get lost! We have lots of different maps depending on where you would like to go. Prices vary.


For the drinker!
These tins mugs are a fab idea for the Ancient Mariner in your life! Perfect for a hot drink or a little tipple, you can celebrate Watchet’s cultural heritage while rehydrating! And at just £8.99 it’s a bargain too.


Don’t forget to pop into the Visitor Centre to pick up your Father’s Day gifts. We are open Tuesday – Sunday, 10:30am-5pm. See you soon!