Category: Museum

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!


Sea of Songs 2022


Watchet is getting ready for musicians, artists and poets to return for the second ‘Sea of Songs’ on 9th July 2022.

Fox Lane Studios with a help from Amy Yon have organised a day of music, art and media which all kicks off at 12.00 here in the Boat Museum. This non-profit music/arts festival aim is to encourage the audience to be part of the creative process and engage them in various activities.

David Milton will start the event at 12.00.  Tough Mama will be playing from 12.20pm and then Ellie Ford at 13.55pm here in the Boat Museum. There are other performances around town.

The programme for all the performances is here….. yeah!!!!

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.