December 2019
Friday 6th - 5pm to 9pm
Saturday 7th - 4pm to 9pm

Dunster by Candlelight


This year we are concentrating on a Victorian Theme for Candlelight.  If you like dressing up then please do join us.  There will be a prize for the best Costume

A separate competition is being run by Nina Dodds from Dunster Living.  She has asked all the Traders to dress their windows for a competition for everyone to judge. The Window competition will run longer than Candlelight.  November 30th to December 27th so you will all have an opportunity to come back and visit the shops over and over again.  Competition Forms will be available and a special ballot box for your answers.  Good Prizes too.

How Candlelight Started

Dunster by Candlelight was started in 1986. It is paid for by the Traders of Dunster. Most of the traders open for Candlelight and nearer the time we will publish a list of the Traders who have sponsored the Event this year.

We also collect at Candlelight in aid of St Margaret's Hospice and all the money from the sale of the programme goes to the Hospice. You will find collectors round the village on both nights. We hope you will be generous

Candlelight takes place every year on the first Friday and Saturday of December when this remarkably preserved medieval village turns its back on the present and lights its streets with lanterns and where possible candles in the houses

There is no charge to get into Dunster by Candlelight, the only cost is the bus fare (£4) from one of the stops in Minehead and some surrounding areas. The bus fare has changed for young people this year.Children under 5 are still free to travel on the buses but from 5 years to 18 years the charge will be £2. Over 18 is £4. This fee is for single trip or a return.  The bus fare helps towards the cost of the buses and Candlelight. Dogs are allowed on the buses and there is a bus for the disabled from the far end of the Car Park behind Minehead Railway Station

When you arrive in Dunster it is 'possible' to walk from one end of the village to the other enjoying all the entertainment without any extra cost. Of course we hope you will buy something in the shops or put some pennies in the collecting tins but, that is up to you.

Candlelight Video

  • Official Candlelight Video

    This wonderful video was produced by Abbie Barnes of Song Thrush Productions for us in 2016.


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Brass Band in Dunster Yarn Market

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