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Welcome to Watchet Summertime!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone that made Watchet Summertime 2022 such a success. A huge thank you also goes out to everyone that came along because without you there would be no point in putting it all on in the first place! Planning for next year will be starting very soon but please feel free to browse through what went on and maybe remember us for next year when we will be back with more Watchet Summertime fun! 

The Watchet Summertime team x

The following is a letter was received by the Summertime team and we thought we would share it with you. It gives you an idea of some of the things to do during Watchet Summertime and it’s what Watchet Summertime is all about… 

 

To the Watchet Summertime Committee Members.
Dear All,
I am writing to thank you for all the efforts you must have put in to produce the amazing
Summertime week.
My grandsons, aged 6 and 10, were staying with me and enjoyed the events everyday: The
craft marquees on the Monday were superb. So many diverse crafts offered from people so
generous with their time, resources and expertise. One made a beautiful dreamcatcher,
while the other painted a rock hedgehog; both items have pride of place in their bedrooms.
They took part in the Lego competitions both days, found the ‘rats’ in the Boat Museum and
played table football on the Esplanade. And still could have done more…
One of the boys stayed on by himself for the rest of the week and had the time of his life. He
spent his pocket money in the Market. He was allowed to stay up late for the Outdoor
Cinema and enjoy being part of such a lively, friendly atmosphere.
Friday was the highlight for him: While I was working elsewhere on the Esplanade, he was
able to watch the performances of the excellent Nutty Noah (Glad he kept the ‘Pants on the
Head’ song in.) and the captivating Pirate storyteller. For the first time in his life, in the safe
space of the Esplanade, a little boy was given the freedom and confidence to be an
audience member and participant and to buy his own ice cream, without an adult
shepherding his every move. He had a very special afternoon. (I was keeping an eye on him
from afar!)
We bought our lanterns and spent an afternoon thoughtfully decorating them and reflecting
on those we miss in the family before the thrill of walking in the dark dressed like early
Christmas trees.
And all of this is totally free, astounding in this day and age as well as a relief to parents and
grandparents in the current climate. As a family we are grateful for everything provided and
did try to buy a lot of raffle tickets in support.
The highlight, of course, was the spectacular firework display. How does this little town do it?
The answer is simple: because of kind, committed people like you. Thank you.
Yours faithfully
A L

Watchet Summertime 2022 went something like this...

Watchet Summertime programme of events...

In addition to the events below we had Watchet Street Fair stalls on the Esplanade all week!

Sunday 14th August

10am: Official Opening

With David Milton, Town Crier, and Olivia Campbell, Watchet Town Mayor.

The Esplanade. Free. 

 

11am – 12 noon: Drumming Circle with Manjula and Reuben from Explore Exmoor. Come and have a go! Bring along any drums or percussion instruments you might have!

The Esplanade. Free.

 

2pm: Music

Mandy Woods

Pebbles Tavern. Free.

 

3.15pm – 4pm: Music 

Watchet Community Choir

The Esplanade. Free. 

 

Monday 15th August

10am – 4pm: Children’s Craft Day

Come and try your hand at many different crafts. For more information click here.

The Esplanade. Free.

 

10am – 3.45pm: Lego Competition

Book ahead for your slot at Summertime HQ on the Esplanade (look for the stall with the Summertime banner). 

Prizes at the end of each day! Sponsored by Watchet Harbour Book Shop. 

The Esplanade. Free. 

3.15pm – 4pm: Prize Giving

Winners of the days Lego competition.

The Esplanade. Free. 

Tuesday 16th August

10am – 3.45pm: Lego Competition

Book ahead for your slot at Summertime HQ on the Esplanade (look for the stall with the Summertime banner). 

Prizes at the end of each day! Sponsored by Watchet Harbour Book Shop. 

The Esplanade. Free. 

 

3.15pm – 4pm: Prize Giving

Winners of the days Lego competition.

The Esplanade. Free. 

 

  7.30pm: Quiz

Quiz at The Bell. Teams 

of four, book places in advance. Prizes for 1st and 2nd teams. 

The Bell Inn. Free. 

Wednesday 17th August

10am – 4pm: Market

Watchet Town Market

The Esplanade. Free. 

 

11am: Walk

Summertime walk and talk with The Bell Man. Learn about Watchet from David Milton. A unique experience!

The Visitor Centre. Free. 

 

10am – 12 noon and 2pm – 4pm:

Learn British Sign Language with Mandy Church. Book ahead….

Watchet Library. Free. 

 

2.30pm: Walk

Walk from Watchet and learn about The Mineral Line. Led by Phil from 

the West Somerset Mineral 

Line Association.

Watchet Museum. Free. 

 

3pm: Duck Race

Ducks available from the

‘Duck Man’ all week, keep an eye out for him!  £1 a duck. Click here or scroll down for more information. 

Whitehall Bridge to Star Basin.

 

7pm for 7.30pm: Concert

Summertime Concert at St Decumans Church. The Watchet Consort and friends invite you to an evening of music in this atmospheric and historical building. Traditional songs sung in harmony with contributions from other local musicians. Proceeds to a Ukrainian Charity and St Decumans restoration fund.Tickets £5, children free. Tickets available from St Decumans Church and Watchet Summertime HQ on the Esplanade from Sunday 14th August. 

St Decumans Church.

Thursday 18th August

10am – 4pm: Market

Charity Stall Day. 

The Esplanade. Free.

 

10am – 4pm: Don’s Showtime

A day of all kinds of music played by local musicians. Click here for the full line up.

The Esplanade. Free. 

 

From 7pm: Barbeque

Barbeque from Farmhouse Kitchen.

The Esplanade. 

 

7pm – 8pm: Music

Craig Deegan sings Songs from the Shows.

The Esplanade. Free. 

 

7pm for 7.30pm: Bingo

Eyes Down 7.30pm

The West Somerset Hotel. 

 

 

After 8pm: Outdoor Cinema

Watchet Community Cinema present an outdoor screening of The Greatest Showman.

The Esplanade. Free. Bring chairs and warm clothes.

Friday 19th August

11am – 12 noon: Music Gadzukes Ukulele Band. 

The Esplanade. Free.

 

12.15pm onwards: Fun Day

Watchet Town Council Fun Day. Entertainment for all the family. To be opened by Watchet Town Mayor. For more information click here.

The Esplanade. Free. 

 

 

8.30pm onwards: Event

Night of Lights. A spectacle of light for all to enjoy. Dress yourself in lights and/or bring your own decorated lantern. Battery lights only, no naked flames. Click here or scroll down for more information.

The Esplanade. Free.

9pm: Music

2 Man Ting

Pebbles Tavern – please note that 2 Man Ting are playing on Friday night NOT Saturday night as advertised in the programme. 

Saturday 20th August

11am – 12 noon: Music

Watchet Consort sing for you. 

The Esplanade. Free. 

 

2pm – 4pm: Music

Andy Barrett and friends.

The Esplanade. Free. 

 

From 7pm: Food

Hog Roast by Farmhouse Kitchen. 

The Esplanade.

 

Saturday continued...

7pm: Music

Epicentre on the The Esplanade Stage (Band sponsored by Roy and Helen at The Esplanade Club).

The Esplanade. Free. 

 

8.30pm: Raffle

Watchet Summertime Raffle

The Esplanade.

 

Evening: Karaoke

The West Somerset Hotel

 

9pm: Music

The Mighty Rough Justice on The Esplanade Stage (Band sponsored by Roy and Helen at The Esplanade Club).

The Esplanade. Free. 

Saturday night, the Grand Finale!

Watchet Summertime fireworks

10pm: Grand Finale

FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Music continues until 11pm.

The Esplanade. 

We very much appreciate donations as they enable us to continue to do the fireworks display each year. Donations can be made on the night or at the Summertime HQ stall on the Esplanade all week. 

Additional event information.

Don's Showtime - the lineup

Thursday 18th August 10.30am - 4.35pm

Lego Competition

Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th 10am - 3.45pm

Book a slot at Summertime HQ (look for the stall with the Watchet Summertime banner) for your place in the Lego competition.

Build your creation within the time slot ready for judging at the end of each day. You could win yourself a prize! 

The competition takes place on the Esplanade and past events have shown it to be very popular so don’t delay in booking your slot if you would like to take part.  

 

Sponsored by Watchet Harbour Book Shop.

Night Of Light

Friday 19th 8.30pm onwards

A spectacle of light for all to enjoy. Come and see the Esplanade as it is covered in lights for all to enjoy. 

Dress yourself in lights and/or bring your own decorated lantern, be part of our Night Of Light.  Please note, battery lights only, no naked flames.

Bring your own decorated lantern to add to our area of reflection. We will have paper lanterns with a bright led light to purchase for £3 from the Summertime HQ stall during Summertime week. Take them away and decorate them and then bring them along on the night to be added to our area of reflection.

 

Timings

8pm and 9pm – bring your lanterns to our area of reflection.

9.15pm (approx) – a few moments of quiet for personal reflection. 

9.30pm onwards – come and collect your lanterns. 

 

Pease, as mentioned above, battery operated lights only. No naked flames.  

Street Fair stalls and other markets

All week...

We have various stalls from our hugely popular Watchet Street Fair coming to join us all week. We have a wide selection of stalls with plenty of local and artisanal  goods.

 

Wednesday 17th August

If you have been in Watchet on a Wednesday in the summer you will no doubt have visited Watchet Town Market. This Wenesday is  no different as they come to join the Summertime fun.

 

Thursday 18th August

Charity Stall Day. Come and support local charities. Find out who they are,  what they do and what you could maybe do to help.

Watchet Town Council Fun Day

Friday 19th August 12 noon - 4.30pm
Watchet Summertime Watchet Town Council Fun Day

Watchet Town Council Fun Day. This is a Watchet Town Council organised event as part of Watchet Summertime. Entertainment for all the family. To be opened by Watchet Town Mayor.

 

For more information contact Watchet Town Council on 01984 633344.

 

The Esplanade. Free. 

Children's Craft Day

Monday 15th August 10am - 4pm
Come and try your hand at a range of different crafts with our talented crafters. 
Here’s a taster of the varied range of crafts on offer…
 
• Fabric Bird Hangings
• Gliders and Suncatchers
• Hedgehogs and Houses
• Hot Air Balloons 
• Dream Catchers
• Wallpaper Carrier Bags
• Stick Weaving
• Pebble-painting 
• Elmer the Elephant; Flowers; Baskets and Boxes from recycled plastic bottles.
 
 
Watchet Summertime Children's Craft Day
 
The Esplanade. Free.

Duck Race

Wednesday 17th August - 3pm

Watchet Summertime Duck Race

 

Ducks are available from the ‘Duck Man’ all week. Find him wandering around Watchet (often on the Esplanade)  with his ducks and get yourself a duck in the race! 

£1 a duck.

 

Race Day

The ducks are launched from Whitehall Bridge and then race their way down to the Star Basin where they cross the finish line. 

Lots of fun to be had at the Star Inn before, during and after the duck race.Our thanks go to Nuttycombe Brewery who are sponsoring the duck race. 

 

Nuttycombe Brewery sponsor Watchet Summertime Duck Race

 

Whitehall Bridge to Star Basin.

Where to eat in Watchet Somerset...

The West Somerset Inn

Monday – Saturday noon – 6.45pm, Sunday 1pm – 4.45pm

The Bell Inn (01984 631279)

Varied times, check the website for details www.the-bell-inn.co.uk

The Star Inn (01984 631367) 

www.starinnwatchet.co.uk

The London Inn (01984 631880) 

Spice Merchant (01984634500)

5pm – 10pm every day.

Mariners Chippie

12 noon – 8pm Monday – Sunday 

East Quay Kitchen 

9am – 6pm daily

5pm – 8pm Thursday Friday and Saturday for drinks, bar snacks and sharing platters. 

Pizza Time

4pm – 10.30pm daily (closed Tuesday)

The Marina Cafe

8am – 5pm daily

The Cat’s Whisker  www.thecatswhisker.kitchen

5.30pm – 8.30pm Wednesday – Saturday

Chives Cafe 

8.30am – 4pm daily

Hellikers Tea Rooms

9am – 4pm daily (not Thursday 

or Sunday)

Sams Deli

9am – 3pm Tuesday – Saturday

The  Corner House Tea Rooms and Serendipity 

China painting Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am – 3pm

 

Bank machine available at the Co-op

Thank you to our sponsors!

Watchet Summertime is extremely grateful for the support it has received from many of the local businesses including the following.

Thank you for for helping us make it happen!

Watchet Marina Café
Chives Café
Wilkies
Little Lighthouse
Albert’s Ardware
New Horizons
Cotton Street
Lynda Cotton Gallery
Sensational Sizzlers
Clara Mann Hair Design

Beedell Coram Collectables
Richard Little
Adorium Antiques
Maurice Whiteley Accountants
West Somerset Hotel
Baldie’s Barbers
The Bell Inn
Pebbles Tavern
The Star Inn
Alex Reynard

The London Inn
Perfectly Lovely Interiors
The Hair & Beauty Lounge
Serendipity Café
Mariners Chippie
Watchet Glass and Glazing
Chamberlain & Son, Watchet MOT Centre

Corner Collection

 

We would also like to thank Watchet Town Council and Watchet Coastal Communities Team.

The ‘thank yous’ wouldn’t be complete without a thank you to Terry Walker for his photographs. 

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