Torbay Register Office increases footfall around Cockington Court

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Torbay Register Office moved to Cockington Court last year and since then has carried out 300 marriages and civil partnerships. The backdrop of the Grade II* listed Manor House, ornamental gardens and country park are extremely popular with couples looking for an atmospheric setting for their ceremony.

The move from Oldway Mansion has also helped increase the footfall around the Cockington Court Craft Centre and Sea Change Studios and business for some of the craftspeople based in the centre.

Two rooms are available for ceremonies at Cockington Court – run by Torbay Development Agency as a visitor attraction and innovation centre to support small creative businesses - giving a choice for couples depending on the size of their wedding party.

Torbay Mayor Gordon Oliver said: “Weddings are special times for couples and I’m glad Cockington Court – both the setting and its facilities - is able to add to their happy memories, and I’m pleased that the craft businesses are benefitting from the extra footfall created by wedding parties.”

Stephen Lemming, Superintendent Registrar, said: “It’s good for other businesses here as wedding parties do look around the craft studios, some couples have bought their rings from Tree of Life Jewelry and guests can buy unique gifts from the many craft makers.

“We’ve been here for a year now. It’s a great setting for a wedding and we’re very pleased to be here,” he said. “The enquiries are picking up, both from locals and also those coming to Torbay on holiday, primarily from along the M5 corridor, the West Midlands and Wales.”

The Register Office has a three-year lease at Cockington Court and Mr Lemming says he is hoping to stay on longer.

Marissa Wakefield, Cockington Court Craft Centre director, added: “The Register Office is a very welcome addition to Cockington Court. The grounds and the setting are very special and are always admired by the wedding couples, their friends and families.”

Couples wishing to enquire about holding their ceremony at Cockington Court, or elsewhere in the Bay, may visit Torbay Council’s website at Alternatively telephone 01803 207130.

Cockington Court managed by Torbay Development Agency also has a license to carry out wedding ceremonies in rooms in the Manor House room giving a choice for couples depending on the size of their wedding party.

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