Cockington family stroll

Overview

Cockington Country Park is a beautiful mix of picturesque well-ordered garden landscapes, open parkland, rural countryside and substantial woodland. Tucked in amongst this 450 acre country park are three pretty ornamental lakes, an historic Manor House with craft centre and studios, a chocolate box village, delightful thatched cottages and a quaint 11th Century church.

EXPLORING COCKINGTON COUNTRY PARK

Explore through a network of paths and bridleways on foot or by bike. Our Visitor Centre, located in the heart of the village, offers plentiful information about the park, its history, wildlife and the Trust, as well as a selection of quality gifts and souvenirs.

Disability access is good with tarmac or laid paths and an electric all-terrain mobility scooter is available to hire (booking essential).

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Girl running at Cockington

Cockington Court is a historic manor and home to over twenty craft studios, a contemporary art gallery, tea room and rose garden. The court and craft studios are managed by TDA and the rose garden is cared for by the Trust. You can discover artists and craft makers at work in their studios, watch the glass blowers create amazing works of art, hear the blacksmith clinking at his forge and smell the delightful aromas of the chocolate creations.

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What's On

Robin
Sat 7th Dec

There is something for everyone at Cockington's Visitor Centre this festive season!

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Sat 14th Dec

There is something for everyone at Cockington's Visitor Centre this festive season!

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Sat 21st Dec

There is something for everyone at Cockington's Visitor Centre this festive season!

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Eating and Shopping

There are a two tea rooms in Cockington village and one at the Court. The Drum Inn serves meals daily. The village has a number of gift shops offering a wide variety of quality merchandise.

There is the welcome point in Cockington Court where you can buy gifts. Behind the court within stable yard and craft complex, there is a wide range of artisan studio offering unique items for sale. See the glass-blowers in action, the blacksmith working the forge, the chocolatier creating heavenly delights, leather crafts, jewellery, original art and sculptures.

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History

The Cockington Estate was owned by three families from 1066 until 1932 when it passed into public ownership. Cockington Country Park was created in 1991. The Country Park has been awarded the Keep Britain Tidy Green Flag for 23 years; one of only five parks in England and Wales to have received the award since it started! Lots of information is available in our Visitor Centre in the heart of village, which is jam packed with interesting and fun facts. The visitor centre is manned by local volunteers, passionate about the park and its history. Why not pop in for a chat? They have loads to tell!

Cockington Court
Cockington horse and carriage

Green Heart Restoration Project

From 2013 to 2019, the Green Heart Project successfully restored key heritage assets in Cockington and has enhanced the visitor experience through better signage and heritage information. The project also developed a programme of volunteering, which continues to help care for the park.

The Linhay and Gamekeepers Cottage have been transformed. The former into the visitor centre for the country park and the latter into accommodation for long term volunteers, who help look after the park. The three lakes and surrounding landscape have been restored to re-establish the original Victorian vistas once familiar to the Mallock family. Five fantastic trails and walking routes have been created including a tree trail and a seasonal family letterboxing trail. The project also increased opportunities to learn about the park through resources, guided visits and residential stays.

How to Find Us

Cockington Lane, Torquay TQ2 6XA

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Facilities at Cockington

  • Pay on Exit car park at Higher Lodge.
  • Pay and Display car parks (not TCCT) at village centre, the cycle hub and behind Cockington Court
  • Historic, picturesque village includes thatched cottages, tea rooms and gift shops
  • Cockington horse drawn Carriage rides
  • Manor House and art studios
  • Grade II listed buildings
  • Cockington Visitor Centre
  • Landscaped parkland, lakes and walks

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