Category: Museum

Maritime Mayhem 2022

Maritime Mayhem coming next weekend to Watchet!

Friday 27th May
7.30pm – ‘Sea of Songs Preview’ Acoustic Night, Amy Yon + Friends at the Boat Museum

Saturday 28th May
11am-Interactive family-friendly performance by ‘Aurora’ percussion duo at East Quay, in partnership with Dunster Music Festival.

11am- Maritime Heritage Walk/Talk with the Bell Man,from Watchet Visitor Centre

12 noon, Watchet Community Choir on The Esplanade

12-2pm -Kids Hobby Horse making workshop at East Quay

2pm- Hobby Horse Cavalry Charge from East Quay

2-4pm Tea Total Tent with Watchet Wavemakers and The phoenix Centre, on the Esplanade

3.30pm- Great Big Shanty Sing with David Milton and friends, on the Esplanade

5-9pm- ‘Dock Rock’ Party and Barbeque with Watchet Boat Owners Association at East Quay.

Sunday 29th May 2022
10am -12pm- Historic Maritime Hat Making Workshop, at East Quay

11am- Hugill’s Crew Sea Shanties in the Boat Museum

12-2pm- Tin Can Cow Bell Family Workshop at East Quay

12noon- Folk Music at East Quay

2-4pm- Tea Total tent with Watchet Wavemakers and the Phoenix Centre on the Esplanade

2pm- Poetry with Deanna Payne on the Esplanade

3pm- The Watchet Consort on the Esplanade

5.30- ‘Holy Cow’ A specially written Community play by Wassail Theatre telling the tale of a time-travelling St Decuman and his Sea-faring Cow! At East Quay.


Watchet 1940s Weekend 2021


The clocks go back to the 1940s for a whole weekend of nostalgia!

The bunting has been ironed, props have been brought out of storage, dresses bought for 2019 have been adjusted for the expanded waists of 2021! The pubs and restaurants are buying in their war time rations, liver and onions, corned beef and Izal loo paper. The Home Front Committee are in full panic!

The 10th, 11th and 12th 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 very first event of the weekend will be a Tea Dance at the Royal British Legion 3.30pm until 5.30pm. This free event will get the party started and is an ideal opportunity to practise those moves, oil those joints and pick up a dance partner!

Friday night in Watchet Visitor Centre and Boat Museum there will be live music from May Blossom and Cathy. Book your tickets for this event at


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, West Somerset Brass, Watchet Community Choir, stalls, 40s singing groups and individuals. Vintage cars and military personnel moving around the town. Tea shops filled with cake and pubs with liver and onions!!!

Saturday Night there will be another chance to hear live music in the Visitor Centre and Boat Museum, Betty Blue Bird and Tabi will entertain us with their 1940s repertoire.


The  Esplanade will be buzzing with Jazz music and the Liberty Sisters in the afternoon. Watchet Town Band, Watchet Community Choir, May Blossom and Betty Blue Bird will also feature on the program.

NEW FOR 2021

Watch out for Laurel and Hardy who will be visiting at some point over the weekend.

Check out the Towns newest Museum, the Radio Museum in Anchor Street.

Watchet 1940s Leaflet Link
Watchet 1940s Weekend 2021

Watchet Entertainment Link
2021-watchet programme

The Watchet 1940s Home Front Group have negotiated free parking for the weekend at the Paper Mill Site on Brendon Road, Watchet, TA23 0AY. Park all day for free, a short walk into town, less hassle than trying to park in a town car park!

What are you looking forward to?


Very soon we will all be able to go on holiday. Wales, Scotland and England all have different opening up dates, but the important one for us here in West Somerset is the 12th April. This is the earliest date that you will be able to take a break in self catering accommodation. So if you’re planning to get away at your earliest convenience best make sure you’ve booked with someone who will honour your booking if for any reason it all changes for the glorious 12th!

Speaking with a friend who works at one of the local holiday parks I was informed that caravan sales have been steady all through lock down with people buying using virtual tours to make their decisions. I was also told that holiday bookings were going really well with some weeks completely booked up already.

So it looks like it could be quite a busy season. I’m sure that it will start slowly  (I wouldn’t want to book for the 12th and find I might not be able to get away) but the momentum is already building.


The West Somerset Railway is re-opening on Saturday 22nd May. Great news for all those in need of a train fix. I was however upset to discover that although the WSR is reopening, the limited service will not get as far as Watchet! The first trains will run from Bishops Lydeard to Williton and return. The plan is that as Government restrictions are lifted the train service will extend to Watchet and Blue Anchor on Saturdays. It is hoped that by July the whole line will be available. The line needs to be fully open for September so that the 1940’s weekend can go ahead. YEAH!


The Watchet Boat Museum and Market House Museum will be open from the 17th May.


The new East Quay development is due to open during the summer. With 12 workshops, a papermill, geology lab. art gallery, café and with plenty to do for the family, the East Quay will be the place to visit this summer.  YEAH!

Watchet Marina has new owners and they are promising great things. Looking forward to saying goodbye to the mud and ‘Hello’ to the Sailors!!   YEAH!

Your visit!  See you in the Visitor Centre…………..YEAH?