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

About Dunster by Candlelight


Lantern Lighting Procession. This procession is only on the Friday Evening at 6pm

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. Come and join in. Even better if you dress up.

On the Saturday night we have the 17th Century soldiers marching through the village from the West Street end with their flaming torches. They arrive in the High Street usually around 7pm. check your programme.

During both evenings there are a variety of street entertainers including Choirs, Morris Dancers, Hand Bell Ringers, Entertainment in the High Street and West Street. The three main streets are closed to traffic, There are special activities in the tithe Barn, Choirs in the Parish Church and entertainment in Dunster Castle

The atmosphere throughout is both traditional and exciting, truly an event for all ages.

Dunster by Candlelight was founded in 1986 by Hannah Bradshaw and the Dunster Traders Association that was also re-instated that year. The Traders Association was disbanded several years later and a Candlelight Committee was formed. This Committee now runs Candlelight on behalf of the Traders of Dunster.

2019 - Candlelight will be Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December

Please note the parking restrictions and road closures. No parking in Dunster. Roads closed 5pm to 10pm Friday and 4pm to 10pm Saturday. More detailed information on this is in the top section of BUSES AND PARKING can be found by clicking here.

2018 - Candlelight

Despite the cold, wet weather Candlelight 2018 was a great success with lots of great street entertainers, late night shopping and fantastic food.

£6,293.02 was collected at the Event and handed over to St Margaret's Hospice.

2017 - Candlelight

Was a great success. Lots of people and brilliant but cold weather.

£6,446.20 was handed over to the Hospice.

Many thanks to everyone for their help and cooperation particularly the residents of Dunster


For more information about Candlelight 2019 you can contact the co-ordinators for Dunster by Candlelight who are:

Hannah Bradshaw (Website, General enquiries and programmes) Phone: 01643 706355

Anne Perryman (Parking, road closures etc.) Phone: 07488320708. e-mail

Anne Perryman (Coach parking bookings) Phone: 07488320708. e-mail

Sally Mann (Entertainment) Phone: 01458 259638

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