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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