There’s plenty of fun to be had at the arts venue in Watchet called East Quay, with its programme of family and kids workshops running throughout the summer holidays, for kids of all ages. For those of you who are concerned about the cost of entertaining the family this summer, do not fear, as there’s plenty of free activities in Watchet for your family to enjoy. The workshops are from Monday to Thursday, 11am – 1pm and there’s no need to book, so you can just drop in when you can.
Each week there is a new arts theme to explore. week 1 (24th July -28th Aug) is Science and art, with activities from painting sci-fi figures to rocket-building. Week 2 (31st July – 4th Aug) is Numbers + Art, where you can explore the world of numbers and art with optical paper weaving, spirograph art and paper orb making. The following weeks include Words + Art, Weather + Art, Nature + Art and the last week of the holidays is Recycle + Art.
There are also bookable workshops on Fridays, including sessions on Satellite postcards, repeating patterns, graffiti word art, cyanotype workshops, felting and collagraph workshops. Check the website for details.
There’s also a programme of free theatre and circus activities, with a performance of Hero and Leander by Jack Dean and Company on Saturday 5th August, Many Hands Circus on Saturday 12th August and the Pleasure Dome Theatre Company are back with their production of Treasure Island on Wednesday 16th August.
Other events include Satellite-Gazing with artist Nye Thompson on the roof terrace at East Quay, where the cost of a ticket includes a hot chocolate, and a High Tea for the Watchet 1940s weekend on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September.
If you’re hungry, the East Quay Kitchen is open for the summer every day from 9am to 9pm, and for those coming for a longer stay, there are five stunning, bespoke accommodation pods with spectacular views of the Somerset Coast.
You can find more details about all of these activities and eating and staying at East Quay on the website at www.eastquaywatchet.co.uk Alternatively, pop into East Quay or your local visitor centre in person for a copy of the events programme.
Creative fun in the courtyard, image credit: Joseph Horton