Getting Crafty at Cockington Court, Torquay

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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?

64 Responses

  1. Great post this! I’ve got fantastic memories of being a child and going to Torquay and doing ‘crafty’ things such as this. It’s good to see it’s all as popular as ever!

  2. This place looks amazing and the gardens are beautiful. I love the idea of being able to see all of these crafty things made. The chocolates would hold my full attention. They look beautiful.

  3. What a gorgeous place to explore this is the sort of place I love meandering about in exploring what delights lurk around every corner!

  4. What a beautiful place to visit for a day out, not to mention the addition of crafts. I absolutely love craft fairs or taking them time to do crafts at home; it’s so satisfying when you see the finished product 🙂

  5. It’s so cool that you can go to one place and support so many different local craftsmen. I love that you can take a break to explore that gorgeous garden too!

  6. This is so amazing and I love everything about this place, the craft center, the garden, the chocolate company and the food are all great I will definitely go there someday!

  7. This place is amazing! I would love to see these crafty things in person! All of them looks so beautiful! I would to visit the chocolatate factory and have some chocolate!

  8. What a charming spot to visit! I just love places that showcase and support local artists and artisans. This seems like an area that would really spark your creativity, plus you could scoop up some wonderful handcrafted gifts.

  9. This looks like such a great place to visit! I’ve watched the glass spinners before and it’s really interesting. The pictures are neautiful, I’d love to visit here one day. Thanks for sharing!

  10. It looks so pretty and vintage! I’d love to see the nature, take a walk, and taste the chocolate. Yum!

  11. What a really lovely place to visit. I love that you are supporting the local artists in the area.

  12. I wish I lived near Torquay, this place looks right up my street! I would have ended up spending a fortune I think, all those crafts look amazing xx

  13. I like the rustic ambiance of the place. The homemade trinkets look like they’re one-of-a-kind products.

  14. You had me at Chocolate! I love the photos of the chocolate. That looks like a great place to spend an afternoon just walking around and viewing crafts and art… and chocolate:)

  15. This place looks so amazing!! I actually never heard of it. I would love to visit here! The glass and chocolate factor got me sold on the idea!

  16. Oh wow what a gorgeous place to visit! So much creativity and the perfect place for a family fun day out, such beautiful gardens and surroundings and love that there are local makers there

    Laura x

  17. It’s a shame this is so far away from me and nowhere near where I live. It makes me so so sad because we doesn’t have anything like this over here in the West Midlands and it’s something I would really really enjoy seeing!

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