Category: Travel

What can we do this weekend?

EVERYTHING IS STILL CLOSED!!

Its Bank Holiday Weekend, all indoor entertainment is still closed and we don’t know what to do.

So here’s a quick guide to having some fun this weekend!

Saturday, Sunday and Monday the tide is high in the morning, 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!

Grab an Ice Cream on the Esplanade and watch the dredger at work in the Marina as the tide goes out!

The car boot is on at Blue Anchor on Saturday afternoon………………..and on Monday afternoon YIPPEE!     
1pm for sellers and 2pm for buyers. Social distancing will be in place.

Its low tide Saturday, Sunday, Monday afternoon, get down to Helwell Bay or Kilve Beach for a fossil hunt.

On Saturday 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.

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

Take a ball and a picnic and go onto the memorial ground for a kick about.

 

Things to do in Half Term, Watchet 2021

Looking forward to Half Term?

Whether you love having the kids home for a week or dread it, I can guarantee you’ll be looking for something to do with them!

Saturday 29th May, Rope Making, 10.30am – 2pm, Boat Museum
Join us in the Boat Museum where Chris will teach you how to make your very own piece of rope! Great fun and you get to keep your rope as a lovely souvenir! Admission and rope making is free of charge. Donations welcome.

Wednesday 2nd June, Watchet Market, 9.30am – 4pm, the Esplanade
Loads of market stalls, crafts, gifts and local produce. All taking place on the beautiful Esplanade in Watchet. Subject to covid restrictions.

Wednesday 2nd June, Walks and Talks with the Bell Man
11am at the Visitor Centre, £6 per person under 12’s free. A quirky look at the history and places of interest. Ably guided by the Watchet Bell Man with shanty singing on route. Walk is approximately 2 hours covering 2,5 miles. Suitable for wheel chairs and mobility scooters. Booking essential, Subject to covid guidelines.

Saturday 5th June, Rope Making, 10.30am – 2pm, Boat Museum
Join us in the Boat Museum where Chris will teach you how to make your very own piece of rope! Great fun and you get to keep your rope as a lovely souvenir! Admission and rope making is free of charge. Donations welcome.

Sunday 6th June, Street Fair, 10am – 4pm, the Esplanade
Loads of stalls and activities for all the family including live music, stalls, fun activities and local produce. All taking place on the beautiful Esplanade in Watchet.

Picnic at Splash Point, anytime!
Bring you own picnic, pick up some sandwiches from any of our wonderful cafes and deli, or some fish and chips from the Harbour Fish Bar. Then take a short stroll up to Splash Point which boasts breath taking views across the harbour, marina and town!

Crabbing off the Harbour Wall, when the tide is in!
Take your crab line and bucket and enjoy hauling in your catch!

Paddling in the Tidal Pool on West Street Beach.
Great for a safe paddle when the tide is out!

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?