The Bruton Spiral of Light Festival will be making a welcome return on Saturday 1st February 2014. Hundreds of flares will be lit around the Dovecote Hill in Bruton to celebrate the town’s Spiral of Light festival. The ancient landmark will be lit up in all its glory, as the hill on which it stands is covered with 200 flares to mark Candlemas.
The Candlemas festival originates from pre-Christian times when it was known as the Feast of Lights. It was the day of the year when all candles to be used in church during the forthcoming year were blessed. Not only did candles provide light, but some believed they offered protection against illness, plague and famine. The candles were placed in the earth to warm the ground in preparation for the spring.
The ancient festival marks the midpoint of winter, halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox. A transformation of the popular National Trust beauty spot will take place, with a bonfire, drummers and other entertainments at the foot of the hill. Hot spiced drinks, pizzas and hot dogs will be served throughout the evening from 5-7pm. A firework display will finish off the evening in spectacular style.
Now in its 18th year, the event will help raise funds for the Unicef Syria Appeal. The flares can be sponsored and dedicated to loved ones, in what has become an important part of the festival. This year the Spiral of Light is being promoted by Bruton Festival of Arts who are hoping for a good turn-out at this family event.
Saturday’s event starts at 4pm at St. Mary’s Church, Bruton with a short Candlemas Service with singing by the Children’s Choir. At 4.30pm there will be a candlelit procession from the church to Jubilee Park.
4.00pm – Candlemas Service at St Mary’s Church Bruton
4.30pm – Procession to Jubilee Park Bruton
5 – 7pm – Food, drink, music and entertainment
6.45pm – Fireworks
How to Sponsor Flares
Entry is free but families, individuals and businesses are invited to sponsor flares at the Green Monkey , 35 High Street, Bruton. Donations to Unicef Syria Appeal warmly welcomed at the event.
Find out who has sponsored flares
Bruton Spiral of Light Sponsors