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Watchet 1940s Home Front 2022

Watchet 1940s Weekend will soon be upon us!

Dig out your 1940s dresses, Suits and uniforms and get yourself ready to party here in Watchet. There will be live music all over town! Plenty of places to eat. Stalls with 1940s/retro clothing, hats and other retro items. Military demonstrations and vintage cars. Museum attractions, Steamtrains and so much more………..

Getting dressed for the occasion.
We don’t expect perfection, but we do like you to join in! Ladies, dig out the tea dress you had for that wedding, you’ll be glad you did! Gentleman pop on that shirt and those slacks you only every wear at Christmas and you’ll fit right in!

Music and dancing!
There will be a full programme of live music on the Esplanade on the 10th and 11th. You’ll also find live music on the station platform and in many of the pubs. Have a wander around the town to check them all out.

The programme for the weekend entertainment is on the link below:

1940s weekend entertainment programme


The town will be dressed for the occasion, with bunting and flags. The shops will be bomb taped and many of the shops will be manned with those dressed appropriately.

Cafes, restaurants and Bars!
There will be plenty of choice on both days of 1940s fare. Check out the pubs, restaurants and Bars, but check out the pop ups too. The WI, Holy Cross, the Visitor Centre and the market will also offer a selection of delicacies.

The contributors so far ……….

Watchet Visitor Centre and Boat Museum present their popular Cheese & Cider evening, with live music on Friday 9th September. Tickets will be available shortly. Demonstrations of Rope Making will take place on both Saturday and Sunday morning. There will be a ticked event on Sunday afternoon.

Chives Cafe  will host Lily Lovejoy performing on Saturday 10th September. This ticketed event is almost sold out!

The Bell Inn will have a 1940s Specials board with their very popular ‘Spam Fritters’ on the menu. The staff and pub will be dressed for the occasion.

East Quay will have an Afternoon Tea with a ‘twist’ on both days.

The Star Inn will have a 1940s menu and they will dress the pub in a suitable style! The Land Rover will hopefully be out front!!

Cara Mann the hair dresser will be offering timed appointments for your ‘up’ hair do. Make sure you book early as the appointments are limited.

Adorium Antiques will have 1940s curios and a selection of militaria for sale over the Forties weekend.

St Margaret’s Hospice Shop has been saving up its 1940s dresses and gloves etc and these will be on sale over the 1940s weekend.

The very popular Holy Cross Tea Room will be available both Saturday and Sunday, with plates of home made cakes and sandwiches.

Clathers has a wonderful selection of ditzy print Tea Dresses to start your outfit for the event!


Here comes 2021….

It all starts the year before………

In January we publish the Welcome to Watchet leaflet. The biggest part of the leaflet is the Calendar, the diary of events, the Whats on in Watchet! We spend the end of the winter collating all the local information about dates and whats happening and when. The leaflet then goes off for production and at the end of February a lovely glossy leaflet arrives for distribution. This is handed out all over West Somerset, taken to leaflet events, delivered to businesses and Visitor Centres countywide.

Our delivery arrives………..

In February 2020 I received 15,000 leaflets for distribution. We had no idea what was to follow very quickly after that delivery.

And mayhem begins…………..

Sorry we have to cancel Watchet Summer Time!

Sorry the Street Fairs will have to be cancelled!

Sorry we have to cancel Watchet Carnival!

Sorry we have to cancel Watchet 40s Weekend!

Sorry we are cancelling the Market until further notice!

Sorry we’re closing the pubs…………………….Nooooooooo!

Due to Covid-19 Watchet has had to cancel all of its amazing events and activities over the past 6 months.


Known locally as ‘Party Central’, Watchet has reverted to a quiet harbour town. The tourists have visited and most have enjoyed the peacefulness that this town has to offer, the safety of a town that has fortunately missed much of the horrors of the pandemic. But for those of us who are used to a town full of action and fun, for those of us who love the normal weekends of activity and mayhem it feels like we are a town in waiting, a town waiting to emerge from the chrysalis of Covid 19. Watch out 2021 the residents and regular visitors of Watchet are itching to take central stage once more. Watchet the coiled spring of West Somerset feels ready to be released, ready to emerge once more into the amazing, lively, fun filled place it can be!

There are rumors of new things to be added to an already full calendar.  Of Fringe Festivals, of Reenactment weekends, of Drama and YES things will need to be different, but with so much time to forward plan we are all hoping that events organisers can start to make arrangements, can start to make announcements. The dates of the Watchet Festival have been announced this week and we wait for all the other groups to start adding their voice.

Over to you………….

If anyone has anything to add to the 2021 calendar please contact me I’m itching to get started. Here’s to a bigger and better line up, more events more fun and far lest Covid -19.

PS. If anyone has any ideas what I can do with 15,000 Whats NOT on in Watchet leaflets 2020 let me know!!!!


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