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This village has tremendous Christmas lights (Image: Getty)
A beautiful little UK seaside village has been drawing attention from people all across the world because of its sensational Christmas lights, with some visitors travelling thousands of miles to see them.
Run by volunteers every year since 1963, the Cornwall village’s display lights up the area from December all the way to early January.
The lights in Mousehole are an assortment of random shapes and sizes and really make the quaint harbour look very quirky.
So popular is the display that the village has attracted visitors from around the world, including Roy from Traralgon, Australia, who described Mousehole as a “dreamy old fishing village”.
Huw from Bristol was very complimentary, saying the they were “the best-known Christmas lights in the South West and worth a visit”, although he did warn that “it does get very busy so try to arrive quite early”.
Mousehole’s Christmas lights attract people from all over the world (Image: Getty)
Narelle54 travelled all the way from Adelaide, Australia and wrote: “What a wonderful place Mousehole is!
“All the Christmas lights around the Harbour with great Pubs, lots of places to eat. It was delightful. The people were all so friendly. Had a couple of drinks at The Ship Inn on Christmas Day. Lots of people there, great atmosphere.”
The village and fishing port is nestled way down in the south-western corner or Cornwall and lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, such is its charm.
Mousehole was subject to a vicious attack from Spain back in 1595, when Carlos de Amesquita raided the village, along with Penzance, Newlyn and Paul. Only one building survived in Mousehole – the Keigwin Arms, a local pub.
Outside the Keigwin Arms now stands a plaque which reads: “Squire Jenkyn Keigwin was killed here 23 July 1595 defending this house against the Spaniards”.
The village’s lights get busy so make sure you get there early (Image: Getty)
Become an Express Premium member Support fearless journalism Read The Daily Express online, advert free Get super-fast page loading Nowadays, Mousehole is most well-known for its exuberant Christmas light displays, although the village turns them off every December 19 in a poignant tribute to the victims of a 1981 lifeboat disaster which left eight dead when it attempted a rescue in hurricane-force winds.
Among its notable residents nowadays includes the famous author and potter Jack Doherty, who moved from Northern Ireland, while the writer and illustrator Michelle Cartlidge also resides there.
The village is a fan of football too – local team Mousehole AFC play in the Premier Division of the Western Football League, drawing in locals every Saturday as they battle it out against other teams from Devon, Somerset and Dorset.
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