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Dunster by Candlelight 2021

The medieval village lights its streets with soft candles, lanterns, and torches

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Dunster by Candlelight is a popular annual event that will get you into the holiday spirit. Witness a well-preserved medieval village descending into a warm glow to celebrate the good old days. The roads are closed to cars with vendors and performances taking over. The highlight of the festival is a lantern lighting procession and a soldiers' procession with torches and drums. Both processions start after dark.

Dunster by Candlelight started in 1986 with the support of local traders. It takes place on the first Friday and Saturday of December. The village can be reached by bus from Minehead, Williton, Watchet, Porlock or Wheddon Cross.

The Bowlore Flaming Swords is one of the best medieval performances of the festival. The re-enactment is done by the Sutton Household, a 15th-century living history and re-enactment troupe.

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