East Quay is an arts centre and cultural venue in the heart of Watchet, a pretty picturesque harbour town in Somerset. Situated on the harbourside, East Quay has fabulous views of the surrounding coast and countryside, nestled between Exmoor National Park and Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
East Quay is a contemporary cultural venue, described by Olly Wainwright in The Guardian as ‘A piratical beacon of culture’. Run as a social enterprise, its playful architecture is home to two contemporary galleries which exhibit national and international artists, commissioned to explore themes of identity and belonging, community and place and climate and change. East Quay also runs a creative education programme including courses and workshops for children, young people, and adults throughout the year. You can visit and explore the 14 creative businesses and studios, and talk to artists while they work, including the hand-made paper mill Two Rivers paper, which makes bespoke artisan paper, using traditional techniques, as well as Albatross Print Studio and a range of other practising artists.
Visitors can enjoy the Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food served from the East Quay Kitchen either inside or outside in the courtyard within the heart of the building. There are 5 bespoke accommodation pods to stay in, each for the adventurous traveller and situated high, some on stilts, with outstanding views of the surrounding area.
Events run throughout the year, with family focussed events taking place throughout the school holidays. Many events are free of charge with others requiring booking. Events for the coming year include everything from supper clubs, to large scale outdoor theatre, fashion shows, music events and dance performances