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“Showcasing high quality art and crafts” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cockington Court

Cockington Court
Cockington, Torquay TQ2 6XA, England
+44 1803 607230
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Ranked #11 of 35 attractions in Torquay
Type: Gardens, Shops, Parks, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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Owner description: Just a mile from Torquay seafront, historic Cockington Court is nestled within 460 acres of parkland. The Court has recently undergone a £2.85Million restoration and build programme to add to the existing craft studios. The craft centre is home to a growing number of artists and craftsmen - admire their skills as you watch them work in their studios and galleries. There is also an exhibition space and a resource room, both of which run regular displays and workshops with a programme to suit all ages. Don't miss the ornamental lakes, woodland and play park, ride a horse drawn carriage around the estate and top it off with a well-earned rest in the Tea Rooms. With a busy events calendar, Cockington Court is perfect for all the family!
Ventnor, United Kingdom
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“Showcasing high quality art and crafts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

On a bitterly cold Good Friday I was delighted to learn that Cockington Court was open to visitors, when many other attractions in South Devon were closed. I was also surprised to find that entry to the elegant fronted manor house, gardens and craft studios was free of charge.

There's a good bus service from Torquay to nearby Cockington Village, or you can take the Watermeadow Walk from Livermead Beach on a flat and well maintained footpath.There is parking in the village or behind the studios.

In the house there are a gallery shop, large tea-room, gallery and toilets on the ground floor and upstairs there's an interpretation room giving a lot of very interesting information about the history of the house and park and the families who lived there. Behind the house there's a formal rose garden and beside it the stable yard studios where you can watch artists and crafts people at work and purchase something if you wish. I saw glass blowing and wood sculpting in progress. This is high quality workmanship. Cockington Court must attract large numbers of visitors who come to watch skilled crafts people and they in turn must benefit from a market that comes to them. There's a varied programme of events held throughout the year in the gardens and park to keep the visitors flowing in, and a new complex, called 'Sea Change Studios' has been built. There is also a play area and an organic art garden.

Well worth a visit.


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Visited March 2013
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“fresh air and fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Great day out for all ages and all you need to pay for is parking other bits are optional. Ideal if you have a dog and children to cater for.

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York, United Kingdom
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“A Wet Wednesday in Torquay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We were visiting family in nearby Kingkerswell,after lunch they took us on a scenic tour of Torquay,including Cockington Court,the gallery was great,there was an artist working when we visited,lots of little individual craft shops,including a chocolate shop which was closed when we visited,must go again as there is definitely a large box of handmade chocolates with my name on it there.
The gardens were lovely, despite the non stop rain we did have a short walk around,finishing up in the tea room,we had very welcome tea & cakes,I had a cream tea ,clotted cream to die for .
Well worth a visit but probably would be better on a fine day weather wise.

Visited March 2013
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Dronfield, United Kingdom
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“Lovely and quaint!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Do visit Cockington,it is a beautiful place to walk round and relax! Great food aswell!The glass blowing is well worth looking at,very interesting!

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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“u never FOR GET”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Go back in time u will love ..............lovely walks ..things to see ............then end up in the local pub for lunch ......u wont miss it there is only one ......or go for it have a cream tea ....!!!!!

Visited March 2013
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