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“The most original cricket pitch”
Review of Cockington Court

Cockington Court
Ranked #11 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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Hockley, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The most original cricket pitch”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

The grounds are in a lovely setting nestled in a picturesque village. The studios are fully of interesting crafts and the gardens lovely to walk around. It is best enjoyed in good weather to make the most of the surrounding walks. The cricket pitch must be the most original to play on!

Visited June 2014
Thank Stephanie F
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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great place!”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

This was my second visit to this lovely village and house. The manor house continues to develop as a Craft Centre with many interesting craftsmen and women displaying and selling their goods. I particularly enjoyed the Glass Blowing demonstration and, contrary to the negative feedback from other reviewers, the detailed explanation of the processes. Our questions were all willing answered and I would have happily bought something but I couldn't decide which piece I liked the most!! Shame it isn't possible to shop online as now I am home I deeply regret my indecision

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Catherine W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A disappointing morning. Shops closed. To many dogs. ”
Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

Drove 30 miles to visit Cockington court for the vintage motorcycle event (30 bikes max).
Dogs barking, running, pooing, weeing & fighting everywhere you looked.
Play park was run down and disappointing.
Craft shops mostly closed or empty, glass blower unhappy looking and not willing to say a single word as the children asked questions about what he was doing.
Struggled to fill an hour here with my fiance and 3 step children.
I'd give this a miss.

Thank emylou81
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“need to visit only when its sunny”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Lovely views, lovely buildings but my family and I visited in the rain so couldnt enjoy any of this.

There is a kids play park there and the craft shops- chocolatier- dont get excited as you dont get free samples or get to watch them work so really its just a chocolate shop. Theres a glass blowers where you watch them work plus you can buy glass products too. All the other stalls/shops are tinylittle tat shops.

fine for prams/wheelchairs.

completely free attraction with parking on site for £2 all day, dont do what we did and park inthe villiage car park that is stupidly signposted for the craft villiage-its a 400yard walk UP HIL to get to the court/craft villiage from here but the car park tickets are transferable across the 2 car parks.

Visited June 2014
Thank Kerri W
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Bodmin, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good free day out.”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Charming setting, wished we had taken our dogs, as there were loads having fun in the sun. Considering it is a place steeped in history, we were unable to find out much about the place, or who lived there, which was a bit disappointing, maybe we missed a guide book. The rose garden was beautiful and enjoyed the crafts.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Sue J
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