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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cockington Court

Cockington Court
Ranked #12 of 63 things to do in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Just a mile from Torquay seafront only minutes by foot by car, bike and the 62 bus, historic Cockington Court is nestled within 460 acres of stunning grounds. If driving drive up past the Drum you will find our closest visitor car park at the back of the Court. Our Court car park has plenty of disabled parking and it is free to blue badge holders. The Court is managed by TDA(Torbay Development Agency)and has undergone a stunning restoration project with additional new build to offer over 22 contemporary craft and studios and creative spaces. Cockington Court craft centre is now home to over 27 businesses and is a very successful popular wedding venue. There is an exciting new Visitor Welcome point and retail contemporary Gallery in the Grade 11 listed manor house which showcases all resident studio makers craft work and also exhibits external local craft makers. Visitors are encouraged by Court staff to visit the craft studios directly to meet and see makers at work. There are highly talented glass blowers, ceramicists, jewellers, textile such as lace maker and upholsterer sculptors, a bespoke tailor, blacksmith's, leatherworker, printmaker, soap & candle makers, restorers and even prop maker and a chocolatier! There is also stunning wedding rooms,the kitchen gallery showing contemporary art and craft work and interpretation room describing local history. There is also an annual events and craft workshops with a programme to suit all ages and abilities, check our website for details. Don't miss the ornamental lakes, walled garden and play park. Cockington Court is a Free cultural attraction set in stunning grounds very dog friendly and perfect for all the family!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

We walked to Cockington from Torquay, there is a pathway that follows a stream so you do not have to walk on the road without a path.
It is a picture postcard setting with lots of thatched cottages
Rose cottage serves everything you could want to eat,but the cream teas are excellent
and the pianist plays a variety of well known tunes,that creates a nice atmosphere
there is also a 14th century church and arts and craft shops as well as a nice pub
a great place to spend a sunny day

Visited June 2013
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Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

This is a great place to go, as we did, on a cold wet Wednesday in June. There are lots of fascinating artisans to watch, glass blowers, metal workers, jewellery makers, artists, all turning out beautiful pieces. There is also a hand made chocolate shop which is worth a visit. There is a beautiful little church on the site which deserves a look around. They could make a bit more of the cafe which lacks the atmosphere of the rest of the village but all in all a very good attraction, and you don't even have to pay for parking!

Visited June 2013
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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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“Cockington Court”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

Lovely setting with great walks. The lakes are worth a visit and the craft area was excellent too. Lots of ideas for unique gifts all hand crafted.

Visited June 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Great for families”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

This is a great place to go to take the whole family. Cockington Court is a large park with a cricket pitch, walks, huge trees/plants, as well as a large craft centre including toilet facilities, shops, a glass blower, forge and stables. Access to everything is FREE!!! but there is a charge for parking if you take the car. You can see the blacksmith and glassblower in action and have their wares for sale. You can have something to eat at the cafe or sit out with a picnic watching the cricket. It would be quite easy to spend a day here wandering around and also taking in the sights of Cockington village which is really close by.

Visited June 2013
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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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“Family afternoon out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

We visited cockington whilst staying in Dartmouth and found an absolute gem. And it’s free which is unusual these days! Lots of parking at a good price, good pathways and signposting and a beautiful walk up to the main house. Here you'll find a number of very specialist craft and art shops including glass blowing and a forge. Also lovely gardens including a well-kept rose garden and slightly wilder walled garden. The church on site is also lovely with a stunning example of a 15th century rood screen. And there a great café in the main hall, but also lots of space of you to have a picnic. Perfect day out really

Visited June 2013
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