Candlelight 2021
Friday 3rd December
Saturday 4th December

About Dunster by Candlelight and what will happen this year we hope


The Committee are working on Candlelight this year, in the hope that the Event will go ahead. As everyone knows we need to wait until the middle of July to be more positive.

Candlelight this year will be on friday 3rd and saturday 4th december 2021

Hopefully we will be back to normal and 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


A big thank you to all our volunteers helpers and the fantastic entertainers who made a it such a wonderful weekend.

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 2020 you can contact the co-ordinators for Dunster by Candlelight who are:

Hannah Bradshaw (For enquiries) Phone: 01643 706355

Sally Mann (Entertainment) Phone: 01458 259638

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