Category: Visitor Centre

Maritime Mayhem 2022

Maritime Mayhem coming next weekend to Watchet!

Friday 27th May
7.30pm – ‘Sea of Songs Preview’ Acoustic Night, Amy Yon + Friends at the Boat Museum

Saturday 28th May
11am-Interactive family-friendly performance by ‘Aurora’ percussion duo at East Quay, in partnership with Dunster Music Festival.

11am- Maritime Heritage Walk/Talk with the Bell Man,from Watchet Visitor Centre

12 noon, Watchet Community Choir on The Esplanade

12-2pm -Kids Hobby Horse making workshop at East Quay

2pm- Hobby Horse Cavalry Charge from East Quay

2-4pm Tea Total Tent with Watchet Wavemakers and The phoenix Centre, on the Esplanade

3.30pm- Great Big Shanty Sing with David Milton and friends, on the Esplanade

5-9pm- ‘Dock Rock’ Party and Barbeque with Watchet Boat Owners Association at East Quay.

Sunday 29th May 2022
10am -12pm- Historic Maritime Hat Making Workshop, at East Quay

11am- Hugill’s Crew Sea Shanties in the Boat Museum

12-2pm- Tin Can Cow Bell Family Workshop at East Quay

12noon- Folk Music at East Quay

2-4pm- Tea Total tent with Watchet Wavemakers and the Phoenix Centre on the Esplanade

2pm- Poetry with Deanna Payne on the Esplanade

3pm- The Watchet Consort on the Esplanade

5.30- ‘Holy Cow’ A specially written Community play by Wassail Theatre telling the tale of a time-travelling St Decuman and his Sea-faring Cow! At East Quay.


What’s on for Children: Easter 2022


The following events are taking place in Watchet during the Easter Holidays. This is not a definitive list, if you have an event to add please let me know

Everyday of the Easter Holidays
Easter Egg Hunt at Doniford Farm Park, Collect your Hunt form from the farm shop, follow the Easter Trail around the farm park and discover the hidden word to collect your egg £3.

Saturday 9th April 10.30am-1pm at Watchet Visitor Centre
Rope making in the Boat Museum with Chris. Suggested Donation £2

Saturday 9th April 11am-1pm at Knights Templar School
Easter Eggsravaganza!
Egg Hunt, Meet Moon the Unicorn, Story Telling and More.

Monday 11th April 2-4pm at East Quay
In the story, Rechenka’s Eggs, Babushka always wins first prize for her exquisitely hand-decorated eggs.
Join us for the first of our Easter holiday family workshops as we read the story of ‘Rechenka’s Eggs’ and create some of our own Ukrainian-inspired decorated eggs using a variety of techniques such as marbling and tape batik.
Washed, handblown or hardboiled eggs are available to buy and decorate at £1 each, or you can blow/hard boil your own to bring down and decorate. Donations welcome.

Tuesday 12th April-Friday 15th April
Pick up your trail sheet for the Rechenka Egg Hunt in Watchet! Activities in the Boat Museum, trails and more!
Available from the Visitor Centre.

Tuesday 12th- Thursday 14th April 2-4pm at East Quay
Come and join us this Easter as we embark on making a large-scale spring garden here in the East Quay Courtyard (or Creator Space if the weather is not on our side). For the next 3 days, we will make new elements of this collaged installation, with lots of opportunities for collaborative mark making and process art, along with more intricate outcomes too.
Children’s work will remain with the installation, but please leave a name and contact number attached to your child’s piece if they have made something they would eventually like to keep.
The work will be displayed in East Quay’s Creator Space.
Collage installation plan:
Tuesday 12th April – Mark making and stencilling – garden leaves and vines
Wednesday 13th April – Crazy critters

Thursday 14th April 10.30am-1pm at Watchet Visitor Centre
Rope Making with Chris. Suggested Donation £2

Tuesday 19th April to Friday 22nd April 2- 4 pm at East Quay
We will be creating props for our Maritime Mayhem Weekend on 28th and 29th May. Our workshops are free, but a donation to ContainsArt is welcome.
Each workshop is suitable for all ages.
Tuesday 19th April – Hats and Head dresses
Wednesday 20th April – Cow Mask making
Thursday 21st April – Model Cow making
Friday 22nd April – Giant Maritime Canvas


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.