The atmospheric Dunster by Candlelight Festival takes place every year on the first Friday and Saturday of December in the remarkably well-preserved medieval village of Dunster on Exmoor. A charming start to the seasonal festivities, Dunster’s ancient streets ring with carol singers, choirs, brass bands and bell ringers. There are street entertainers, fire spinners, flame jugglers and medieval plays and all the local independent shops stay open late providing ideal opportunities for quirky Christmas shopping. There are plenty of welcoming bars, cafes and restaurants should the weather be chilly.
Colourful stilt-walkers lead an exuberant procession through the cobbled streets of the village to light the lanterns on the Friday evening and these take the place of electric street lamps for the two evenings every year. The Festival runs 5 - 9pm Friday and 4 - 9pm Saturday.
Entrance is free and all profits from the sale of the festival programme go to the local St Margaret’s Hospice. There are no cars allowed in the village during these two evenings (the road through Dunster is closed) so visitors would be well advised to hop on one of the special buses (small charge) which leave from a whole host of neighbouring towns and villages. For more information see www.dunsterbycandlelight.co.uk