Dunster at Christmas
PUBLISHED: 11:51 13 November 2007 | UPDATED: 14:55 20 February 2013
For special yuletide atmosphere, beauty and spectacle, one would have to travel far to beat Dunster by Candlelight. This enchanting village with its cobblestone pavements and fairytale castle is the perfect setting in...
For special yuletide atmosphere, beauty and spectacle, one would have to travel far to beat Dunster by Candlelight. This enchanting village with its cobblestone pavements and fairytale castle is the perfect setting in which to enjoy olde worlde Christmas ambience. For elegant and unusual gifts it cannot be bettered, and those still sold on the romance of steam can travel to the destination via the West Somerset Railway, which is laying on a special service over the two-day event (7, 8 December). For these two days Dunster turns its back on the national grid and lights its streets with hundreds of candles. At 5.30pm on both days there will be a lantern-lighting procession with traditional pipe and drum music. Throughout the evening a weird and wonderful variety of street entertainment will unfold, featuring carol-singers, Morris-dancers, samba drums and handbell ringers. The main charity to benefit from funds raised will be St Margaret's Somerset Hospice and programmes for the event can be purchased in local shops now. Last year the event raised more than £6,500 for St Margaret's, a record organisers are hoping to beat in 2007. Potential visitors need to bear in mind that there will be no parking from 3pm in Dunster during the event, but a park-and-ride service will operate from Minehead. Alternatively, the West Somerset Railway service from Bishops Lydeard can do the honours.
7, 8 December: Dunster by Candlelight, 5pm-9.30pm, www.dunsterbycandlelight.co.uk
Dunster Visitor Centre: tel 01643 821835