Dunster By Candlelight
Dunster by Candlelight, Somerset
Fri 7th and Sat 8th December 2018
Dunster by Candlelight is paid for by the Traders of Dunster in aid of St Margaret's Hospice here in Somerset. As well as Street collections every £1 from the sale of the programmes goes to the Hospice.
Takes place every year on the first Friday and Saturday in December which this year is the 1st and 2nd December, when this remarkably preserved medieval village turns its back on the present and lights its streets with candles. Collections are made in aid of St Margaret's Hospice.
To mark the beginning of the festival on Friday at 5.30pm, there is the Lantern Lighting Procession. The procession starts on the Steep and continues through the village until all the lanterns in the streets have been lit. The procession of children and their families is accompanied by colourful (and tall!) stiltwalkers in fantastic costumes who put up the lanterns.
During both evenings there are a variety of street entertainers who include Carol Singers, Morris Dancers, Hand Bell Ringers, a large Fairground Organ and Choirs in the Parish Church. The atmosphere is both traditional and exciting, truly an event for all ages. Founded in 1986 by Hannah Bradshaw and the Dunster Traders Association. The medieval village of Dunster largely abandons the electric light and opens its doors to those who wish to see this picturesque spot illuminated more softly. Most of Dunster's wide variety of shops are open throughout the two evenings for Christmas shopping and a range of restaurants and their street stalls offer a variety of foods.
** IMPORTANT NOTE **
No Coaches are allowed to park in Dunster. All Coach parking will be in Minehead at a Special Coach Park.
Passengers will need to transfer to the Park and Ride bus - which will be waiting for the coaches - Outward & Return. Transfer time 20 mins and is very easy. Passengers will be given a Voucher (included in the price you pay) for the park & ride.
Arrive Dunster approx 4pm, depart for home 9.45/10pm.
**Park and Ride bus to depart for home will be approx 9.15pm from Dunster back to Minehead coach park.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.