Candlelit Dartmouth Mayflower 2019

Dartmouth, Devon

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2020 (27 Nov 2020 - 28 Nov 2020)
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Saturday’s Dartmouth Candlelit lantern procession will go ahead in a shortened format tomorrow due to bad weather.  Predicted high winds of up to 50mph have forced organisers to scale down the parade.  It will now leave at 6pm from the Old Market and wend through the town, avoiding the exposed embankment, ending up at St Saviour’s Church for the lighting of 400 candles to mark the start of Mayflower 400.

Friday’s events today are going ahead as planned with market stalls and the arrival of Father Christmas on the Boatfloat at 6pm for the turning on of the Christmas lights.

Candlelit Dartmouth returns once more to launch the festive season. On Friday 29th November 2019 at 4pm the Christmas Market centred in the town’s Royal Avenue Gardens offers a wide array of fabulous Christmas gift ideas. Musicians and entertainers will add to the seasonal atmosphere both in the Gardens and around town.

Hordes of excited families crowd round the Boatfloat eagerly waiting to see Father Christmas arrive by boat bringing his sack of goodies for the children. Festivities continue until 8pm with music and street entertainment.

On Saturday the festivities become Mayflower 400/Candlelit 2019 to mark the opening ceremony of the Dartmouth Mayflower 400 commemorations.

The market, music and entertainment all resume at 10am. Santa will be in his Grotto in the Flavel Hall which will also host seasonal workshops for both adults and children. Many shops will be open late during the weekend and with so many independent retailers in town it’s an ideal opportunity to purchase those special Christmas gifts.

The weekend finale begins at 5.00pm on Saturday when the traditional lantern procession leaves the Old Market. This year’s procession will be led by a large Mayflower Lantern followed by small boat lanterns and hundreds of willow and tissue lanterns made by local school children and adults in specially organised workshops create an amazing spectacle as they are paraded through the town’s historic streets.

Around 6.00pm the lantern procession will arrive in Royal Avenue Gardens. For this final hour of Candlelit Dartmouth there’ll be a real party atmosphere and you can be sure of some great live music for one last Candlelit boogie.

There will be a free Park and Ride minibus shuttle service from the top of town on Saturday from 10am to 8pm (donations always gratefully received). Programme and timings are subject to change. Visit the event website for the latest news and information: www.candlelitdartmouth.co.uk or follow us on twitter #candlelitdartmouth or find us on Facebook.

Friday 29th November 2019 (from 4pm): Christmas market, entertainers and musicians, official switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights, Christmas shopping,Father Christmas will arrive at the Boatfloat at 6pm on Friday and will meet children in Royal Avenue Gardens from 6.10 – 8pm.

Saturday 30th November 2019 (from 10am): Christmas markets, entertainers and musicians, lantern procession, Christmas shopping.

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