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10 Things to do in Watchet this Easter Holiday 2018

10 things to do in Watchet this Easter holiday

Watchet has woken up for the season and there are lots of wonderful events and activities to keep you busy over the Easter holiday break.  Here’s our top ten run down.

 

Easter Sunday Street Fair – Sunday 1st April  10am – 4pm – Watchet Esplanade

Loads of stalls and activities for all the family including an Easter Bonnet parade, live music, and cake decoration for the kids.  All taking place on the beautiful Esplanade in Watchet.

 

Geological Geocache – anytime – www.lovewatchet.co.uk

A great way to explore Watchet and find out about all the amazing fossils here is to use this new game called Palaeo Quest.  There are two trails, one which takes you onto the beach and along the coastline following clues and finding out lots of amazing fossil facts. The second is an easy access trail that takes you around Watchet follow the clues and solve the puzzle!

 

Springtime Workshop – Saturday 7th April 2pm – 4pm – Contains Art

Explore different approaches to craft and creativity with artist Helen Knight. Make your own artwork using paper folding techniques and other fun materials.

www.containsart.co.uk

 

Watchet Walking Tours – Thursday 5th April – 2pm – 4:30pm – Watchet Visitor Centre

Join Watchet’s Town Crier for a fascinating walk around the town learning about our history, folklore, songs and shanties.   Booking essential via Visitor Centre.

www.lovewatchet.co.uk

 

Easter Egg Hunt – Sunday 1st April – 1:30 – 3:30pm – Bell Inn Watchet

Hosted by local charity Elliot’s Touch join in this Easter Egg hunt with clues and a map of the town.  Also chance to have your photo taken with Bells Bunny and special performance by Watchet Community Choir. www.elliotstouch.org

 

Loads of live music – lots of dates and venues

Watchet has a great live music scene.  Various pubs and bars put on live music including award winning Pebbles Tavern and Esplanade Club.  Highlights include Seth Lakeman’s dad Geoff who is playing in Pebbles on Sunday 1st April at 3pm, the wonderfully named Jesse and the Skunknecks at the Esplanade Club on Saturday 7th April from 9pm and if you want to test your music knowledge what better way than The Bell Inn’s Music Quiz on Sunday 15th April from 7:30pm.  www.pebblestavern.co.uk   www.esplanadeclub.net  www.the-bell-inn.co.uk

 

Contains Art Lates – Thursday 29th March – 4pm – 7pm – Contains Art

The gallery and studios are open late on the last Thursday of every month.  Enjoy Contains Art in the evening light.  Current exhibition is Helen Knight: News from the Invisible World, an immersive installation exploring birth, growth and transformation.   The exhibition is also open daily through the Easter holidays 11am – 4pm.  www.containsart.co.uk

 

Watchet Paper Mill Virtual Reality tour – anytime – Watchet Visitor Centre

Explore Watchet Paper Mill with a virtual reality headset in the visitor centre.  You can look around 360 views of the old paper mill with links to old photos and plans, songs, oral histories and artwork created especially for the project.

 

Doniford Farm reopening – Thursday 29th March – 10am – 6pm

This lovely little farm park with shop and café is reopening under new management. Now open daily from 10am with Sunday Roasts and lots of exciting new developments to come.

 

Landlubber or Sea Dog Watchet Trail – Easter holidays – Daily 10:30-5pm – Watchet Visitor Centre

Pick up your trail and map from the Watchet Visitor Centre. Have fun using your map exploring Watchet as a Landlubber or Sea Dog! Complete the trail and return to the Visitor Centre. If you are correct, you can claim your reward!  www.lovewatchet.co.uk

10 helpful tips to keep you riding during the winter months

By Tina Andrews, Star Bikes

I’m not a hardened cyclist, but I am determined to stay riding throughout the winter. So I started looking for the tips for winter cycling. They all seemed to give similar advice which i thought I would share with you…

1. Clothing
This seemed to be at the top of everyone’s list. Ensure you wear cycle specific clothing as the materials they use help absorb the sweat. Base layering is important – Start with a thermal base layer then add jersey, thin fleece and wind / waterproof jacket. You can always take layers off as you warm up during your ride. Good quality winter / windproof gloves will keep your hands warm – these are the most susceptible areas to getting cold first. You can now find all your winter clothing needs in our shop at Star Bikes!

2. Puntures
Make sure that you have at least two tubes and a working pump. Be careful when using CO2 cartridges as these run out after only one or two inflations. In addition, when you operate them in low temperatures the gas can cause the head of the canister to freeze, including to your gloves or fingers.

3. Food and drink
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Eating enough before and during a ride is as important in as it is at any other time of the year. Some energy bars can become very hard during low temperatures so either keep them somewhere warm or opt for a softer product such as gels. Keep drinking regularly too. It may not be obvious that you are sweating under all that clothing but fluid loss happens when cycling at any temperature. Of course, a cafe stop on longer rides is even more essential during winter, giving you a chance to have a hot drink and a slice of cake! Make sure you stay warm and don’t cool off too much when you’re stopped.

4. Lights
The days get darker quicker during winter, lights become essential even during the day. If you are riding on the road take care not to use too high a lumen as you can blind the other traffic. Our serfs lights have amazing lumen and great for riding up the Quantocks, they also have a life time warranty.

5. Tyres
Wider tyres are recommended for winter riding, with extra puncture protection. Or go tubeless, this option can be expensive and difficult to fit, in store we have a compressor you are welcome to use. You will need tubeless ready tyres, sealant and tubeless valves.

6. Mudguards
Mudguards aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but is definitely appreciated by the rider behind you. It also keeps your backside and back drier!

7. Maintenance
Give your bike a regular look over, and try and wash off the accumulated grime regularly. Karcher OC3 portable cleaner is great for taking with you up on the hills. Check for wear and tear on rims and brake blocks as wet conditions can be harsh on these areas. Keep your chain oiled regularly and make sure that your cables are in good shape. Salty water off of gritted roads can play havoc with components and water getting into exposed cables can cause havoc with shifting.

8. Winter bike
Fat bikes are awesome, but you don’t necessarily need four-inch tires to have a blast in the snow. Winter cycling can be rough on bikes, though; rather than risking your primary bike, opt for that long-ignored mountain bike gathering dust in your rafters if you have one. For more stability on the snow, run the lowest tire pressure you can without getting a pinch flat. Depending on your weight, you might be able to ride 15 psi or lower. (Be sure to experiment with tire pressure in the fall, so you’re not changing flats in the middle of
winter.) If you want a bit more traction in icy conditions, consider investing in a pair of studded tires.

9. Be prepared
Think about the ride you are going on make sure you plan a sensible route to match predicted weather, take a charged phone with you and some money incase of emergency.

10. Get a turbo trainer
If all else fails and you really can’t face the weather, get a turbo trainer and cycle in the comfort of your own home!

By Tina Andrews, StarBikes

Star Bikes – A bicycle and repair shop offering a great range of bikes and clothing. They are based on 1a Southroad Workshops, Watchet.