FESTIVE food tastings were among the attractions at a candlelit shopping event - and raised money for good causes.

Rumwell Farm Shop hosted its annual Rumwell by Candlelight event on Thursday (December 13) in aid of Headway Somerset and Stand Against Violence (SAV).

Anne Mitchell, co-owner of the farm shop, said: “The shop and cafe were lit by candles and soft lighting during the event, which makes it such a unique, festive experience.

“We hosted Rumwell by Candlelight this year in aid of Headway Somerset and SAV, our two charities of the year.

"There were collection buckets throughout the farm shop for people to drop their change into.

"We’re currently still counting the money raised during the evening.”

People who attended the event also received a free mulled wine and mince pie on arrival.

The Somerset Hills Choir, Parkfield School Choir, Company of Voices Community Choir and the J Singers performed Christmas carols and other songs throughout the evening.

Anne added: “There was also the chance to try some tasty food items made by our staff in our butchery, such as our award-winning sausages.

"Regional suppliers 6 O’clock Gin and Lyme Bay Winery were on-site too, offering visitors samples.”

Headway Somerset provides social and cognitive rehabilitation for adults with brain injury and support and respite for their families through its four Brain Injury Centres based in Bridgwater, Henton, Yeovil & Taunton.

SAV was set up in 2005 following the murder of 17-year-old Lloyd Fouracre. SAV aims to prevent violence, its long-term consequences and the grief of losing loved ones. The workshops it delivers equip and inform students in an effective manner how to Stand Against Violence.

For more information on the Rumwell Farm Shop, on the A38 between Taunton and Wellington, call 01823 461599 or visit www.rumwellfarmshop.com.