Local Events

There are some great local Events on throughout the year in Dunster, Minehead and the surrounding national park in Exmoor and Somerset. See below for more details

Exmoor Dark Skies Festival

Exmoor Dark Skies Festival

During the festival around 50 events, suitable for all ages, will take place all over Exmoor National Park. Events are run by Exmoor National Park Authority, businesses and groups and can all be booked individually with the relevant organiser.

Stargazing Feasts at Exford Bridge Tearooms!

Stargazing Feasts at Exford Bridge Tearooms!

An evening out with a difference!

Wild about Exmoor hosts a a convivial evening at The Dark Skies Discovery Hub where you can learn all about the Exmoor skies with a delicious three course meal (barbecue in good weather) and finish with an optional walk out into the dark skies reserve.

Use telescopes and lasers to starhop around the sky, identifying the main constellations and asterisms, then soak up the atmosphere of a dark, exmoor night.

Please take torches, warm clothing and stout, waterproof footwear if planning to join the walk.

All Hub events include a donation to “caremoor for Exmoor”, supporting the Exmoor National Park.

Booking essential as numbers are limited, on info@wildaboutexmoor.com or phone 01643 831759.

Dunster By Candlelight

Dunster By Candlelight

The atmospheric Dunster by Candlelight Festival takes place every year on the first Friday and Saturday of December. A charming start to the seasonal festivities, Dunster’s ancient streets ring with carol singers, choirs, brass bands and bell ringers. There are street entertainers, fire spinners, flame jugglers and medieval plays and all the local independent shops stay open late providing ideal opportunities for quirky Christmas shopping. There are plenty of welcoming bars, cafes and restaurants should the weather be chilly.

Colourful stilt-walkers lead an exuberant procession through the cobbled streets of the village to light the lanterns on the Friday evening and these take the place of electric street lamps for the two evenings every year.

Entrance is free and all profits from the sale of the festival programme go to the local St Margaret’s Hospice. 

Bat's Castle Guided walk

Bat's Castle Guided walk

Join local walk leaders on a guided walk to Bat's Castle, Dunster. Starting from The National Park Centre in Dunster, you will be guided through hidden parts of the historical village and into some wonderful scenery and landscape on the outskirts of Dunster. You will learn about the rich history of the area and come across some breathtaking views. Please note this is approximately a 4 mile walk with some steep inclines in places, suitable footwear is essential and bringing a bottle of water is recommended. Booking essential - call 01643 821835

Weirfest 2024

Weirfest 2024

WEIRFEST 2024 @ THE BOTTOM SHIP (Next door to The Porlock Weir Hotel)

50+ Real Ales and Ciders

Live bands everyday

Food served all day

Hog Roast

Minibus service between Top Ship and Bottom Ship

Always a fantastic weekend, popular with locals and visitors alike!
Time: 6pm Thursday to 10pm Sunday
Price: No admission price

The Regal Theatre

The Regal Theatre

The Regal Theatre Minehead is a vibrant community theatre offering an attractive variety of live performances, concerts, film and other screenings. Uniquely, it is run entirely by volunteers for the benefit and enjoyment of the community, and warmly welcomes visitors to the area too.

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