After staying the night at The Heritage Hotel in Torquay I drove 15 minutes to Cockington Court. Parking was easy and cost a couple of pound for a few hours. There’s a couple of different car parks in the village and at the craft centre. The craft centre is free to enter and open from 10m each day.

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

Craft Centre

Cockington Court is a unique craft centre and has various art studios and shops to visit. You can visit artists who showcase their talents and welcome you in to admire their work. I enjoyed talking to Janet Ventre and hearing about the patience she needs to create her mosaic pictures and mirrors. I purchased a lovely mosaic coaster tile – I just couldn’t resist!

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

You can also visit Cockington Chocolate Company and see homemade chocolates being made! I looked around at the vast collection of chocolate on display – so many different flavours and cute chocolate shapes! Of course, I didn’t leave the shop entry handed!

cockington court chocolate

cockington court chocolate

cockington court chocolate

cockington court

Take some time to visit Our Glass and not only see their beautiful display of glass work but watch a demonstration of how the glass is made. I found this really interesting and again couldn’t resist treating myself to a few bits!

cockington court

cockington court

There’s some lovely gardens to explore and a nice walk that takes you to three pretty and tranquil lakes. I sat for ages watching some ducks and moorhens being followed around by their babies – so cute!

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

Lunch Time

After all my shopping and the walk around the gardens, I needed to stop for some lunch! I visited the Tea Rooms and had a brie and bacon panini and a can of apple tango – yum yum! There’s plenty of space to sit inside and outside and a big menu to choose from.

cockington court tea rooms

cockington court tea rooms

There’s currently a trail of fun sculptures to explore around the craft centre and a fun looking children play area for the younger ones.

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

It was hard to believe that this place as only a mile from Torquay’s seafront – it was so green and lush you couldn’t have thought the sea was so close!

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

Final Thoughts

Coockington Court is a great place to visit if you like seeing local art and crafts made by passionate and talented people. I really enjoyed wandering around and treating myself to a few bits. The tea room was nice, and the gardens are a lovely place to go for a walk. I think there was even more to explore should I have had more time, so I hope to return one day soon.

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

cockington court

Do you like arts and crafts? What’s your favourite type of art?

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