Four Christmas houses worth visiting in North Devon
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Houses around North Devon have been having their own Christmas light switch ons as they look to raise money for various charities.
And if you want to enjoy some festive cheer, here are four houses you should visit this Christmas.
In Whiddon Valley, the Carlyle family have created a winter wonderland in their garden in Kingfisher Drive, including a sit-on train for children.
Kevin and Laena began putting up the display in September, and the garden is open 5-10pm until December 28 in aid of North Devon Animal Ambulance.
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Kevin said: “I made the train myself and after Christmas we’ll be hosting a silent auction to raise some more money.”
The family has been putting on festive displays for charity for four years, first at their house in Bickington, before moving to Whiddon Valley.
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So far they have raised more than £200 this year.
Lime Grove, Bideford
In Bideford, Mark Chorlton has decorated his home in Lime Grove in aid of Devon Air Ambulance for the second year.
Last year he raised £98 for the charity but said he is well on the way to raising £200 this year with the help of an online page.
“Since they’ve been up we have raised £160,” he said.
“Our ex-mayor Dermot McGeough donated scaffolding which is new for this year, so now it’s even bigger and better.
“I reckon there are 4,000 lights on the scaffolding alone.”
Mark’s lights will be on from 5.30-9.30pm every night until the New Year. You can donate in the box outside or by searching ‘Mark’s fundraiser for Devon Air Ambulance Trust’ on Facebook.
Parklands, Roundswell, Barnstaple
In Barnstaple, Pat and Roy Watts have created a festive wonderland in their front garden at Parklands, Roundswell, in aid of North Devon Hospice.
Last year the couple raised more than £250 for the charity and this year they are hoping to beat that total.
Pat said: “When we lived in Merton previously we used to do it to raise money for the church but when we moved here we sold a lot of the lights.
“But for the last three years we’ve done it here and last year was the first time we turned them on to raise money for charity.”
Roy began constructing the scene in early October, and the couple officially switched on the lights on Saturday.
You can see them from 4.15-10.15pm every night until the New Year. A donation box is outside.
Ballards Crescent, Yelland
And in Yelland, Grace McStay’s house has once again lit up the road with Christmas cheer.
Every year the 76-year-old lights up her home off Ballards Crescent with a fantastic display for Devon Air Ambulance. There is a box outside for any donations to the charity.
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