Category: Visitor Centre

Pinch and a punch…….


July has arrived and the sun has decided to show its face. Hooray! Holiday season is well and truly upon us, so its time to get organised.

If you’re holidaying here in Watchet or even if you’re local you need to find out whats going on so you can make the absolute best of holiday season.


Well, I can’t guarantee the weather, but I can guarantee that you’ll receive a very warm welcome here in Watchet and you’ll always find something interesting to do.


So, I’ve just been organising the guided walks around Watchet.

We have 6 organised walks with David Milton our Town Crier. (His full title is Common Crier and Bellman!)                                                  David is a larger than life character, known for his exuberance and laughter! Every talk will be sprinkled with local history and folklore, local interest and architecture, fun and laughter and maybe a song or two!

These walks start at the Visitor Centre and last for approximately 2 hours. You can book a place by phoning the Visitor Centre on 01643 632101 or why not pop in and secure your spot.

24th July 2019  Meeting at 2pm  in the Visitor Centre

31st July 2019 Meeting at 6pm in the Visitor Centre

7th August 2019 Meeting at 6pm in the Visitor Centre

14th August 2019 Meeting at 6pm in the Visitor Centre

21st August 2019  Meeting at 2pm in the Visitor Centre

28th August 2019 Meeting at 6pm in the Visitor Centre

Cost £5 per person,  Children under 14 free.


Top Father’s Day Gifts from the Visitor Centre

With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday you might be looking for that perfect gift that’s not just another pair of socks! We’ve got you covered with our top gifts from our lovely Visitor Centre…


For the bookworm! This beautiful collection of books accompanied Contains Arts unprecedented exhibitions and celebrates the work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Shakespeare and H. G. Wells. The collection is bound together and is only £30 or get the individual books for £12 each.


For the walker!
I know, I know… A map probably isn’t the most wonderful gift on Father’s Day! We are however extremely lucky to be surrounded by such incredible scenery and wildlife so why not take a lovely walk after filling up on a huge roast at one of Watchet’s pubs and then burn it off! You’ll need the map so you don’t get lost! We have lots of different maps depending on where you would like to go. Prices vary.


For the drinker!
These tins mugs are a fab idea for the Ancient Mariner in your life! Perfect for a hot drink or a little tipple, you can celebrate Watchet’s cultural heritage while rehydrating! And at just £8.99 it’s a bargain too.


Don’t forget to pop into the Visitor Centre to pick up your Father’s Day gifts. We are open Tuesday – Sunday, 10:30am-5pm. See you soon!

Vote for solar powered tourism in Watchet!

We’ve been shortlisted for the 2017 Marks and Spencer Energy Fund, to put solar panels on our community-led Visitor Centre and Boat Museum. Our application is now up for public vote, so we’re appealing to all you lovely people to cast your vote and help make this happen! You have until 20 October.

To find out more, and to cast your vote, go to:

Here’s a short film we made to explain it all, and to get you humming ‘Here Comes The Sun’ through all your meetings this week:

In summary, solar panels would save money and create income for the building, so freeing up funds to spend on high quality tourism marketing for the town, which would help to boost our local economy.

For those of you who don’t know the history, we facilitated the build of the Watchet Visitor Centre in 2016 as an extension to the Watchet Boat Museum, which simultaneously underwent refurbishment. This followed the large scale consultation we did with the people of Watchet to determine what we all felt was needed to give the town a stronger future. A more buoyant local economy, created in large part by an increase in the tourist offer, was identified.

The Visitor Centre building work was carried out thanks to grant funding from a Hinckley Point Community Impact Mitigation fund and the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation. The fabulous Watchet Community Makers then carried out much of the internal refurbishment of the boat museum, supporting the town and learning skills along the way.

If the application is successful, the panels will be installed at the end of this year. Planning permission has already been granted. The system will be battery ready, which also leaves scope for a future sustainable community business to be run from the building.

The Marks and Spencer Energy Fund is run annually, and provides UK community organisations with an opportunity to win a share of £300,000 to support their renewable energy projects and technologies. They look for projects that are well supported by their local communities, so only those with the most votes win the cash – so please cast your vote and help spread the word!