Category: Stream Trains

Live Cameras at Watchet Station, West Somerset Railway

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The web camera gives an excellent view of the approaches to Watchet Station which was originally the terminus of Brunels broad gauge that opened to Taunton in 1862. You’ll see trains arriving and departing to Minehead with the camera directly above departing locomotives providing a unique view onto the footplate as the crews prepare for the guards whistle.

WSR Watchet 2

The web camera gives an excellent view along the length of Watchet Station which was originally the terminus of Brunels broad gauge that opened to Taunton in 1862. You’ll see trains arriving and departing to Bishops Lydeard with the camera also providing far reaching views out across the Bristol Channel with the island of Steep Holm clearly visible. Watchet Marina, East Quay and the Goviers Lane foot crossing provide the backdrop of this ancient port of a 1000 years.


Do you live in Watchet or are you visiting Watchet this half term?

If the tide is high, grab your crab nets and get crabbing on Watchet Harbour Wall. The dredger has been churning up the silt, those crabs will be heading to the surface for clearer water!

If the tide is low get down to Helwell Bay or Kilve Beach for a fossil hunt.  Grab a fossil hunting leaflet from the visitor-centre .

Click here for tide times

WATCH OUT FOR THE SEAGULLS!                                                                                   
Grab an Ice Cream, fish and chips or a sandwich from town sit on the Esplanade and watch the dredger at work in the Marina as the tide goes out!

WATCH OUT FOR BARGAINS!                                                                                       
The car boot is on at Blue Anchor on Saturday afternoon, bank holiday Monday and Wednesday afternoon!
1pm for sellers and 2pm for buyers. Social distancing will be in place.

On Wednesday 2nd June the Watchet Market will take place on the Esplanade from 9.30 until 4.00.

On Sunday 5th June visit the Street Fair on Watchet Esplanade. Grab a drink, something to eat and sit on the West Pier watching the world go by.

WATCH OUT FOR TRAINS!                                                                                           
The WSR have train excursions running from Minehead to Watchet and Bishops Lydeard to Watchet during this week. Check out

Why not pop to the visitor centre and borrow a litter picker and bag and do a #2minutelitterpick and then post your picture on Social Media.

Use your smart phone or borrow one!! (make sure you have data) to go on a  Watchet Story Walk or how about a Watchet Palaeo-Quest.

Take a guided walk with Watchets Bell Man. Leaving the Visitor Centre at 11am on Wednesday 2nd June £6 per person Children under 12 free.






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 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.

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.