A village pub is attempting to spread some early Christmas cheer this year by putting up their decorations early.
Staff at the Swan’s Nest in Exminster have set up the display outside the pub which has several features lighting up the venue on Station Road.
Owner of the pub Carianne Topliss and her partner Nick Maylam have gone above and beyond with inflatable penguins, huge projector, multicoloured candy canes and an array of festive lights covering the building.
Although pubs are currently closed under government regulations, that has not stopped them decorating the inside of the pub as well and it is fully decked out making it feel like a Christmas grotto.
The pub has hopes of an indoor light switch event on December 2, subject to Government advice on whether pubs are allowed to re-open.
“It’s just to try and brighten people lives up a bit at the moment,” Nick said when explaining the reason for putting the lights up.
“We’re by a popular cycle path and as we’ve been putting them up we’ve had some people come up to us and say how good it looks.
“We’re turning the lights on the outside for around an hour and a half every night for when parents are taking their kids out for a walk before bed time and they love it.
“When I was a kid my parents would drive us along Dawlish and all the houses decorated their houses and it was brilliant.”
Along with the lights, the pub is also planning a festive-themed charity fundraiser inside the venue.
Last year, the Swan’s Nest started their own version of a Christmas market to raise money for Teignmouth Air Show, with small businesses given a table to set up inside the pub and sell their products.
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Theses included local breweries selling Christmas beer and even real reindeer and across the weekend they ended up raising just over £700.
However, as that can not happen this year the pub has come up with another creative way they can still raise money for Teignmouth Air Show and a mental health charity.
“We’ve decorated the entire inside with lights too, we’ve set up a little Santa photo booth as people can’t go and see the ‘real Santa’ at the garden centres this year,” Nick said.
“People pay £1 to take a photo on their own phones of their children next to the display.
“It’s just a way to cheer everyone up if we can open, we’re a really big pub and can seat around 200 people all while maintaining social distance.”
The pub has also raised a large amount of money over the summer as on Saturday afternoon’s there was live music outside of the pub.
Although the event was free they raised £500 from people donating tips along with some of the staff adding their tips into the fund.
Nick said: “It’s just nice for the kids you know I’ve got niece and nephew who both have autism and they love all this, usually we get them round and give them a little tree to decorate and it’s all nice.”
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