Category: Things to do!

Watchet 1940s Weekend 2021

THE INVASION BEGINS ON FRIDAY!

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.

FRIDAY BEGINS WITH A BANG!

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 info@lovewatchet.co.uk

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, 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.

SUNDAY FINALE!

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

FREE PARKING
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!

Exmoor Photowalks

PHOTOWALKS – For all

A great way to Enjoy, Explore Exmoor with your camera sprinkled with photography know-how.

 

Event: Photowalk Mineral Line

Date / Time: Saturday, 3 July 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: Exmoor

Booking URL: https://markstothard.photography/index.php/photowalks

Image Link : https://assets.markstothard.com/uploads/events/Photowalk%20Minerial%20Line.jpg

 

Event: Photowalk Hornerwoods

Date / Time: Sunday, 4 July 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: Exmoor

Booking URL: https://markstothard.photography/index.php/photowalks

Image Link : https://assets.markstothard.com/uploads/events/Photowalk%20Horner%20Woods.jpg

 

Event: Photowalk Wild Flower Meadow

Date / Time: Friday, 9 July 7:00 – 9:00pm

Location: Nr Wilton

Booking URL: https://markstothard.photography/index.php/photowalks

Image Link : https://assets.markstothard.com/uploads/events/Photowalk%20Flowers.jpg

 

Event: Photowalk Watersmeet

Date / Time: Sunday, 11 July 6:00 – 8:00pm

Location: Lynmouth

Booking URL: https://markstothard.photography/index.php/photowalks

Image Link : https://assets.markstothard.com/uploads/events/Photowalk%20Watersmeet.jpg

 

PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURES – For Photographers

Designed for photographers of all abilities to Explore Exmoor and capture images of a narrative.

 

Event: Photography Photowalk Watersmeet

Date / Time: Tuesday, 6 July 10:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: Lynmouth

Booking URL: https://markstothard.photography/index.php/adventures

Image Link : https://assets.markstothard.com/uploads/events/Adventure%20Watersmeet.jpg

 

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS – For All

Hosted by a qualified photographer (BA Hons) in Photography, LRPS, these practical skill-based workshops are designed to improve attendee photographic skills.

 

Event: New to Photography

Date / Time: Saturday, 3 July 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Minehead

Booking URL: https://markstothard.photography/index.php/workshops

Image Link : https://assets.markstothard.com/uploads/events/New%20to%20Photography%20Copy%20email.jpg

 

Event: Understanding your camera

Date / Time: Saturday, 3 July 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Lynmouth

Booking URL: https://markstothard.photography/index.php/workshops

Image Link : https://assets.markstothard.com/uploads/events/understand%20your%20camera.jpg

 

Event: Better Mobile Photography

Date / Time: Saturday, 10 July 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Minehead

Booking URL: https://markstothard.photography/index.php/workshops

Image Link : https://assets.markstothard.com/uploads/events/Mobile%20phone%20photography.jpg

 

Event: Understanding your camera

Date / Time: Saturday, 10 July 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Dulverton

Booking URL: https://markstothard.photography/index.php/workshops

Image Link : https://assets.markstothard.com/uploads/events/understand%20your%20camera.jpg

 

WATCH OUT IN WATCHET!

WATCH OUT IT’S HALF TERM!
Do you live in Watchet or are you visiting Watchet this half term?

WATCH OUT FOR THE TIDES!
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  bbc.co.uk/weather/coast-and-sea/tide-tables

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 west-somerset-railway.co.uk/timetables

WATCH OUT FOR THE ENVIROMENT!
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.