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WALKS AND TALKS WITH THE BELLMAN 2021

Pleased to announce that I have just had David Milton the Watchet Bell Man here in the Visitor Centre making arrangements for the Walks and Talks for this Summer.

Visitors and locals can book their place on a walk by emailing the Visitor Centre on info@lovewatchet.co.uk or by calling 01984 632101. Places will be limited and subject to Covid restrictions.  The walk is approximately 2.5mile and takes about 2 hours.

You will meet the Bell Man at the Visitor Centre where the first Port of Call is the Boat Museum. During your walk you will be shown local points of interest, told local history, hear weird and wonderful facts about Watchet and best of all the Bell Man will sing Sea Shanties at various points along the Walk. The content of the Walk can vary considerably depending on who you might meet on the way!

We have arranged the walks for a Wednesday when Watchet has its Market so that gives you two good reasons to visit. We have also arranged the time of the Walk to coincide with high tide so that Visitors can take pictures of the habour.

We have added dates for our evening walks over Halloween. These are very popular, with tales of local folklore and eerie goings on! Bring a torch and wrap up warm. (PS These walks have been known to end up at the Pub!!!)

These are the dates for the Walks and Talks with the Bell Man. We look forward to seeing you this season.

2nd June 11am, 23rd June 3pm

7th July 3pm, 14th July 11am, 21st July 3pm, 28th July 11am

4th August 3pm, 11th August 11am, 18th August 3pm, 25th August 11am

1st September 3pm

29th, 30th, 31st October 6pm

£6.00 per person,  Children under 12 Free.

What are you looking forward to?

BOOKING A HOLIDAY…………YEAH!

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.

RIDING THE TRAIN…………YEAH!

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!

VISITING THE MUSEUM…………YEAH!

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

NEW FOR 2021…………YEAH! YEAH! YEAH?

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?

Watchet 1940s Weekend

ARE YOU READY FOR THE INVASION?

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 INVASION

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.

SATURDAY INVASION

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!!!

SUNDAY INVASION

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……………….

ONLY A YEAR TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT ONE!!