Staying at the 4* Mercure Bridgwater Hotel
4 DAYS | 2nd December 2022
Dunster by Candlelight sees the remarkably preserved medieval village turn its back on the present and illuminate its streets with soft lights and candles. During the evening there are including carol singers, Morris Dancers, hand bell ringers, a brass band, a large fairground organ and choirs in the Parish Church. The atmosphere is both traditional and exciting, truly an event for all ages. Complete with a steam train ride through the stunning Somerset landscape and a visit to Bath’s eternally wonderful Christmas market, this trip is a lovely little festive getaway not to be missed!
Our base for our stay is the 4* Mercure Bridgwater Hotel; located in the heart of the historic town of Bridgwater, the hotel’s interiors take inspiration from the beautiful local area. All bedrooms are en-suite, and there is a modern fitness suite for you to enjoy as well as the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill.
We depart and head south calling for coffee en-route to the town of Stroud and to visit the Parish Church for its quaint Christmas Tree Festival. Entrance is free but donations are gratefully accepted. Just beyond the church lies the town centre where you will have time to wander and have lunch before we continue south to Bridgwater and our hotel.
With a free morning at your disposal why not head into Bridgewater for a stroll? Learn about the local history at the Blake Museum, and check out the impressive sights of the Cornhill, Castle Street and King Square. In the town centre you will also find a combination of well-known and independent shops, plus lots of options for morning coffee. Having returned to the hotel for lunch, for the afternoon we make our way to Minehead to catch a shuttle bus to the village of Dunster for the fabulous Candlelight event. You will have free time to browse the market stalls, watch the entertainment, visit Dunster Castle and enjoy a glass of mulled wine or a hot chocolate. We return to the hotel late evening.
After a leisurely start we make our way to Bishops Lidyeard for a steam train ride on the West Somerset Railway; with scenic views to Williton and back, we will also enjoy a very festive sherry and mince pie on board. After our ride we venture to the bustling seaside town of Minehead. Situated on the edge of Exmoor, there is a beautiful sandy beach, pretty harbour, and high street busy with shops and cafes, perfect for you to spend your free time and to have lunch. Mid-afternoon we head back to the hotel giving you a little time for rest and relaxation before dinner.
After breakfast we join the motorway network north and to Bath for the fabulous Christmas market. There will be free time to stroll through this beautiful city, visit the market and have lunch before we head for home. We make a comfort stop and arrive home early evening.
Tour includes: 3 nights bed and breakfast; 2 dinner; 1 lunch; shuttle service from Minehead to Dunster and steam train journey with sherry and mince pie.
£398.00 per person sharing twin/double
£75.00 single room supplement
£31.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT