The Christmas lights were started in 1963 by Mousehole-based artist, Joan Gillchrest - a string of coloured bulbs were put along both quays to make the village a bit brighter at Christmas time.
From those early days the displays grew very quickly having caught the imagination of the village. Some of the designs, like the sea serpent, are still featured at Christmas although they are not the original pieces.
There is a live webcam on Mousehole Light's website - you have to scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says 'Mousehole Harbour Webcam' and click the play button to watch the feed. Please note this may take a few moments to load.
Click the on the video below to watch a sped up version of the light installation, taken a few years ago.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Our Societies support hundreds of local arts and heritage projects. Each day we highlight a grant given in 2021.
The Arts Society Clapham Common recently awarded a grant to the Clapham Omnibus’ Routes programme, a free school holiday theatre program for 8-11 year olds offered to children who receive free school meals. This program is an opportunity for local children to explore their creativity in a theatre setting as well as benefit from a nutritious meal and snacks during the school holidays.
All donations from the Artvent Calendar will go towards The Arts Society’s grant giving fund, which awards grants to help preserve our artistic heritage, support the skills of artists and makers, and improve access to the arts for all.