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Dunster by Candlelight

Dunster by Candlelight

A warm ambient glow decends on the medieval Exmoor town as they turn off the electric lights and turn the clock back to celebrate Christmas in days of old.


A warm ambient glow decends on the medieval Exmoor town as they turn off the electric lights and turn the clock back to celebrate Christmas in days of old.

The magic of time travel will be performed once again as Dunster, the medieval village on Exmoor, turns out the electric streetlights and replaces them with the glow of candles and lanterns – street entertainers, bands, morris dancers, a Victorian roundabout and stalls selling food and drink will fill the narrow High Street. In Dunster they are managing to recapture some of the old innocence and many of the delights of Christmas that the monster of commercialism has robbed us of. There couldn’t be a better village to host the event, with its centuries old unchanged street plan, the medieval yarn market and the great castle towering on its tor – a warm ambient glow descends to celebrate the days of old.


Friday - Morning departure from Dorset to Lynton & Lynmouth - the historic twin resorts on the North Devon coast where Exmoor meets the sea. After time for sightseeing and lunch drive over the moody moors to our hotel in Tiverton with a scrummy cream tea on arrival while the bags are portered.

Saturday - Morning visit to Barnstaple, an ancient town famous for its traditional Pannier Market. A walking trail takes in 17th century alms houses, churches and chapels and the old bridge over the River Taw. Return to the hotel for a 3 course lunch (instead of dinner). This afternoon drive to Minehead where we board a shuttle bus for the 15 minute ride into Dunster by 5:00pm. (bus fare is payable approx. £5 return). You arrive after dark with the town illuminated by the soft glow of candles and lanterns. At 7pm a procession of soldiers with flaming torches and drums will cause some excitement. The small shops, cafes and pubs are open. Christmas music and song will drift across the streets. Costumed characters, magicians and entertainers will surprise and delight. Board the shuttle bus at 8:00pm to re-join your Bluebird Coach at Minehead. Coach transfer back to hotel late that evening.

Sunday - After a lie-in and late breakfast drive to Exeter with time for shopping and lunch. This afternoon call into Otter Nurseries where the Christmas displays will be fully formed. Return to Dorset late that afternoon.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Best Western Tiverton Hotel

Expect warm smiles, genuine service and high standards of accommodation in the heart of Devon at this 69 bedroom hotel set in mature gardens. Bedrooms are spacious and all provide private bathroom, free toiletries, hairdryer, telephone, TV/radio, iron/board, tea tray and free wifi. The Gallery Restaurant is a relaxed venue providing plentiful meals using fresh local ingredients and the cosy lounge bar is the perfect place to relax with a cold drink or tea/coffee. No lift but only ground and first floors.


TOUR PRICE: £219.00 Per Person

Single Room Supplement: £30.00


Price includes: All coach travel, 2 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals, Cream tea at hotel, Porterage. (Shuttle bus fare not included)

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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