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Mousehole Light Display

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.


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.

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Still Mousehole all the way! What is going wrong?

Jan Pain Sun, 19/12/2021 - 17:26 Permalink

Mousehole forever? What has gone wrong? Jan Pain

Anonymous Sun, 19/12/2021 - 17:24 Permalink

Magical! Lovely combination of light with water and sky. Wish I was there. Another one to go on my wish list!

Margaret Sun, 19/12/2021 - 16:42 Permalink

Wonderful images to cheer on a grey day. I too am enjoying the huge variety of things covered in this lovely project.

daphne Sun, 19/12/2021 - 16:35 Permalink

Very much enjoyed this. Once again, something different. Every day is a lovely surprise as to what the subject will be.… Sun, 19/12/2021 - 16:21 Permalink

What fun!

theresa Sun, 19/12/2021 - 16:19 Permalink

A brilliant way for a community to celebrate the festive season.

Mary Bradley Sun, 19/12/2021 - 15:51 Permalink

A brilliant way for a community to celebrate the festive season.

Mary Bradley Sun, 19/12/2021 - 15:50 Permalink


Nadia Sun, 19/12/2021 - 15:47 Permalink

Hello Diana, It sounds like you may be opening previous days' emails expecting them to go to that day's content, but previous emails will always open "today" and today is the Mousehole lights. To see previous days' content - once you open an email, 'click' on "calendar" in the banner picture at the top of the webpage and a new webpage will open showing squares for all the days. 'click' on the square for the previous day you wish to view and that day's webpage will open so that you can view the content. Alternatively, to go straight to a previous day's content, click on the day's square after "view previous days here" on today's webpage (you may need to scroll to see this).

johnmac Sun, 19/12/2021 - 15:11 Permalink