Maritime Mayhem

Three days of maritime celebration; stories, music, shanties, theatre and performance

27.05.2022 - 29.05.2022

To celebrate the weird, wonderful, folkloric and esoteric tales of Watchet’s maritime past, Contains Art in partnership with community organisations and Wassail Theatre Company will be hosting three days of maritime mayhem.

Over a weekend in May, the mayhem will include sea shanties, folk music, communal singing, percussion bands, theatre and community performance. Located all around Watchet, from East Quay to the Visitor Centre, High Street, Esplanade and back, performances and pop-ups will appear all around the town. The weekend will culminate in a participatory extravaganza of performance from Wassail Theatre Company called HOLY COW! on Sunday evening at high tide.

This weekend of nautical madness and sea-faring silliness will help keep our stories of Watchet’s past alive and strong in our minds, reminding older folk and introducing young people to the frankly bonkers stories that make Watchet the wild, windy, weather blown coastal melting pot of history that it is. Here's a handy guide to what's going on:

Friday 27 May

7.30pm - 'Sea of Songs Preview' Acoustic night. Amy Yon + Friends at the Boat Museum.

Saturday 28 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.

12noon - 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 BBQ with Watchet Boat Owners Association at East Quay.

Sunday 29 May

10am-12pm - Historic Maritime Hat Making Workshop at East Quay.

11am - Hugill's Crew Sea Shanties at The Boat Museum.

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

12noon - Folk Music at East Quay.

2pm - 'Tea' Total Tent with Watchet Wavemakers and The Phoenix Centre, on The Esplanade.

2pm - Poetry with Deanna Payne, The Esplanade.

3pm - The Watchet Consort on The Esplanade.

5.30pm - '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.

'HOLY COW!' illustrated by Tomasin Cuthbert Menes

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project will also result in new permanent displays to be held at the Boat Museum and at East Quay as well as a series of animated films to keep the stories alive into the future.



May 14, 2022
May 29, 2022
17.30 - 19.00