Dorset’s best Christmas home chosen by you


THE most festive house in Dorset has been revealed – after a vote from our readers.

Over 230 members of the public voted for their favorite Christmas home in our latest online poll.

Forty-seven per cent of those votes – 144 – were for a Poole man’s Christmas charity display.

Gavin Mannering won the vote by a landslide after spending six months turning his home into a Christmas display in memory of his father.

Gavin’s father, Ian Mannering, died in June 2020 of kidney failure.

He was a “big fan” of Christmas lights and always put on a display for his family.

Gavin installed his own exhibition for the first time last Christmas, but due to social distancing measures they were unable to raise funds for charity.

This year, Gavin hosted his own Christmas charity show for the National Kidney Federation.

The exhibit is dedicated to his father, whom he described as “such a great man loved by everyone”.

By decorating his home, Gavin hopes to “raise money for a great cause and spread Christmas cheer while doing it”.

His wife Clair says he has been planning the exhibit since February and building it outside their home since June.

Gavin documented his progress on his ‘Dorset’s Dewlish Close Christmas Lights’ Facebook page, which has over 500 followers.

The family turned on their Christmas lights on November 28 and they are available to view between 5.30pm and around 10pm every evening at Dewlish Close, Canford Heath.

Gavin said: “This year is bigger and better so if you can spare a few changes it would go to a great cause. Please come and enjoy the lights like my dad would have.

QR codes were put up by the screen so people could donate to the family’s Just Giving.

To donate directly to their Just Giving page, visit

The National Kidney Federation is the only national charity run by kidney patients for the benefit of kidney patients. She is committed to improving the health and quality of life of people living with kidney disease and those at risk.


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