Watchet Music Festival

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Watchet live is a small, intimate family festival held in the lovely West Somerset coast and brings together a mixed genre line up and plenty of outdoor fun and events. The festival is run by Watchet LIVE Community Interest Company and the proceeds go into community initiatives.

Line Up

2012 Line Up has not been announced yet. For previous line ups, click here, 2011, 2010,2009

Festival Vibe

Watchet LIVE is a family friendly festival with amazing views of the stunning West Somerset coast line and beyond. Complete with on site camping, 2 Stages including the famous Croissant Neuf venue. The festival features over 50 live acts, bringing a wide range of high calibre musical acts along with many other entertainments.

Watchet Live is an intimate small festival that has a warm friendly relaxed feel.

Watchet Music Festival History and Facts

Watchet Music Festival is run by Watchet LIVE Community Interest Company (C.I.C) who organise events in and around the town of Watchet West Somerset.

The festival is part of the initiative to make the town of Watchet a vibrant, diverse and lively place to live and visit for both residents and visitors alike. Staging events such as Watchet LIVE Music Festival and Watchet Carnival over numerous years it has helped generate income into the local economy and community.

Any profit made by Watchet LIVE is used to fund and provide free admission community events and is also donated to local groups or charities within the local area that that C.I.C recognises need help.

Over the past years money has been donated to Children's Hospice South West, 1st Watchet Sea Scout Group, paid for a visiting artist to hold a flag design workshop at the local primary school and funded Watchet Phoenix home alone Christmas dinners for the elderly of the town.

On Site Information

Music Stages and Other Entertainment

Apart from the music stages, there are plenty of other entertainment at the festival.

Le Navet Bete an international touring troupe of clowns whose high energy, spectacular and hilarious shows have wowed audiences in over 20 countries will also be performing at the festival.

Locally based aspiring poets who run the national Samuel Taylor Coleridge Poetry prize competition host their own mini poetry festival on the friday afternoon at Watchet LIVE. This poetry session will also include an open mic session for all up and coming poets who would like to experience reciting their own work in public.

There is a Comedy Hour in the Something Else Tea Tent, featuring comedians like Chris Chopping, Stephen O'Neill & Jordan Brookes

Pete the Poet is the festival’s very own storyteller. Kids & Adults can join him in his storytelling den or bump into him around the festival site and be entertained on the spot.

Ash Mandrake performs in another segment of the festival, Music Stories Hats Mischief Innovation - a Theatrical Entertainment Package which features originals and covers performed in original ways. His act is largely folk rock and incorporates loop machines, stories & comedy.

Other shows at the entertainment at the festival include: Mr Mommett's Late Night Adult Punch & Judy Show, Drum Nation, Samba – workshop and Open Mic. There will be a Kids corner in a large marquee.

One of the stages at the festival will be run by Green event leaders Croissant Neuf and will be solar powered. Croissant Neuf has run the stage in the Greenfield's site at Glastonbury Festival and will host a wide range of acts, DJs', and workshops. The Croissant Neuf section of the festival will be powered by a 10-tonne solar truck, which is something the festival organisers are keen to build on year on year.

Food and Drink

If you are camping bringing your own food and drink is permitted however no food or drink is allowed into the festival arena. The on site bar is run by the festival at below average pub prices to ensure that the festival entrance price is as low as possible. All the food vendors on site have been chosen for giving value for money.

The festival will have a real ale bar and Cider Island alongside Thatcher's Cider and Cotliegh Brewery. The on site bars are run by the festival and offer 'happy hours'.

Camping and Other Accommodation

The camping field offers working showers and cold running drinking water. The festival campsite can accommodate ground tents and a limited number of camper vans. Caravans or trailer tents are not permitted. Campervan permit has to be purchased in advance. There are however many local campsites around the area for those not wanting to camp on the festival site or wish to stay in a caravan etc. Many B&B are also available here.

Location and Travel

The town of Watchet lies on the Somerset Coast along the Bristol Channel between Minehead and Bridgwater bay.

By Road:

Watchet is easy to find located 2 miles off the main Bridgwater to Minehead road the A39. Located 18 Miles from Bridgwater, 20 miles from Taunton and 8 miles from Minehead the Watchet Carnival and Festival are easy events to get to from the M5 motorway.

If travelling from the north leave the M5 at Junction 23 or 24 and follow the signs for Minehead until you reach the town of Williton and follow the signs for Watchet. If travelling from The South leave the M5 at Junction 26 or 25 and follow the signs for Minehead taking the A358 until you reach Williton and follow the signs for Watchet.

For those using Sat navs or Google maps etc the festival postcode is TA23 0HS or use this link

By Bus:

First National buses or Webber Bus runs services from Bridgwater Minehead and Taunton. If travelling to the Festival by bus there is a bus stop 50 mtrs from the Festival site entrance between The Watchet and Washford Tropiquaria stops (Please ask the Bus driver to drop you at FiveBell/Brendon Road stop) For more information on times and frequency of buses please click here

By Sea:

Watchet has a 150+ berth marina and each year see visitors attend the Festival arrive by boat! For marina information click here

Contacts & Ticket Information

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