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Welcome to Watchet 2022

Have you ever wondered where you find out what events are going on in Watchet?

Welcome to Watchet 2022

At the end of 2021 things began to get back to some kind of new normal. We were able to have a number of local events, not as we had previously had, but with reduced numbers, extra precautions and with social distancing.

As we enter 2022 we begin to prepare for a year of social activity, one eye on new regulations and one eye on new variants!

New event dates are being added on a daily basis to the Watchet Calendar, the 40s weekend has just been agreed for the 10th and 11th September and plans are afoot for a food festival. The Watchet Music Festival will take place in its regular slot of the August Bank Holiday and this year the Carnival will resume.

The Queens Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated and there is a Maritime event too.

All these days and dates can be found on the lovewatchet event pages.

Keep up to date with your local events and if your coming to Watchet on holiday, make sure you book your accommodation in advance!

Caturn’s Night 2021

You are invited to Celebrate Caturn’s on the 20th November 2021 from 2pm in Watchet.

Our event this year will be spread around the town. Come into Watchet and make a lantern for the evening procession at one of our Lantern making Stations. Bring the children onto the esplanade to learn how to stilt walk and juggle. Be entertained. Visit the local shops and see how our shops are celebrating! Visit local Cafes for a Caturn’s Afternoon Tea or Pop into a local hostelry for a Cider!

The Queen will arrive during the afternoon and she will be holding Court on the Esplanade. Come and see her entourage, why not join in by dressing the part. There will be a prize for the best adult fancy dress and child fancy dress. Why not dress as a sailor, street urchin, ships cat or local serving wench!

At Dusk all lantern holders will we asked to go and line Swain Street for the Queen to walk through our town. Shops will light their lanterns and the procession will begin. As the processions passes Lantern holders will be invited to join the walk around town. On returning to the Esplanade there will be spiced apple cake and a tot of cider for all!

Queen Catherine will receive her Watchet Blue Cloth and other gifts and will head back on her way after making merry!

If you would like to be involved with this event please email


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!