Watchet Street Fairs kick off at the start of April

Our second year of colourful Street Fairs kick off this Sunday, with music from the Dark Town Strutters, kids’ trapeze and silk and rope drop in workshops from incredible local performer, Lyn Routledge, mouth-watering street food from Broomsquire and Little Van Rouge, fruit and veg, art, craft, local produce and more, all spread across the Esplanade.

The Street Fairs will run on the first Sunday of every month from April through to October, with a fantastic range of entertainment booked for each event. May will see jazz and reggae band, Dojo, performing on the Esplanade. Their new single, ‘Bethel’ has been championed by David Rodigan on Radio 1 Extra.

The Fairs are run by Watchet Coastal Community Team, who are working to develop tourism and economic growth in the town, and is made up of local people, businesses and organisations in Watchet, including the Town Council, District Council, Watchet Chamber of Trade, Onion Collective CIC, Conservation Society, Market House Museum, West Somerset Railway, Watchet Boat Owners Association, Watchet Live and other local business representatives.

Last year’s inaugural Street Fairs were a huge success, and led to a threefold increase in the number of visitors to the town.

Cllr Rosemary Woods said, “We’re really excited to be embarking on the second year of Street Fairs. They were a lot of fun last year, and made a big difference to the town, bringing in plenty of visitors. We also aim to support local start-ups, and the evidence is that last year’s events were a real boost for people.”

The Fairs are funded by the central government national initiative, Coastal Communities, which aims to boost Britain’s coastal towns. 118 Coastal Community Teams were created last year and given a share of £1.18m to help drive forward coastal areas growth.

We would like to thank local children and families' charity, Watchet Roots, who has funded the trapeze workshop in April.

Pitches are priced £15- £20. To book a pitch contact Molly Quint on 01984 632592 or email: quint407@btinternet.com

For more information go to the Watchet Street Fair Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/watchetstreetfairs.

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