Week-long Halloween Festival at Cockington Court Sunday 27th October - Saturday 2nd November

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Come and have some spooky fun at Cockington Court during the half term holiday!

Following the success of the Halloween activities in previous years at Cockington Court, the event has this year turned into a week-long festival of family and craft events with a ghostly theme, many of which are free. 

The festival starts off on Sunday 27 October with free family drop in craft activities from 12 – 4pm in the resource room. Children and their carers will be able to make spiders webs, masks and ghosts to take home.

On Monday 28th October, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust (TCCT) is running a Nature Photography workshop for 7-12 year olds, using a pin hole camera at Cockington Visitor Centre. Spaces are limited so booking is essential – call TCCT on 01803 520022

Also starting on Monday 28 October and running until Friday 1 November, Cockington Court artist Deborah Treliving is holding a three day printmaking masterclass: “Printmaking, Cream Teas and Cocktails” which includes a four night bed and breakfast stay at the boutique Trafalgar House Hotel with cream tea, lunches, dinners and cocktails during this creative treat for those with a keen interest in printmaking. The cost of the masterclass is £565 and further details about the course content are available directly from the artist herself on 01803 411142/07759 588576 Email: prints@deborahtreliving.co.uk

On Wednesday 30 October, there’s free Halloween family fun in Cockington Court’s Walled Art Garden from 11am – 2.30pm with apple bobbing, a Halloween trail, pumpkin carving & soup and storytelling with staff and walled garden volunteers (pumpkins kindly sponsored by Waitrose).

Just outside the Walled Art Garden at 12pm that day, there’s a cider press demonstration by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust on the authentic Victorian cider press.

On Thursday 31 October - Halloween day itself – there’s more free family drop in craft activities from 12pm – 4pm at the Sea Change Information Centre, and visitors are invited to come to Cockington in Halloween fancy dress costumes, and there will be prizes for the best costumes.

Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November sees the finale of the week’s excitement with  Play Torbay’s acclaimed Quest Play "Secrets at Cockington" – an exciting family trail with interactive activities and performance, between 12pm - 2.30pm and 3.30pm - 6pm on both days.  Adults - £6 Children (14 and under) - £4 Under 5s –free. Tickets and information is available from Play Torbay by telephone: 01803 850157

During all of these events, Cockington Court and the country park, galleries and gardens are fully open to the public and free to visit. There are craft studios where specialists gifts are on sale directly from the makers,  tea rooms at Cockington Manor House and Kitchen Gallery, which is currently hosting an exhibition by Adam Christian Graddon - Ambiguity & Form

More information is available on the Cockington Court website at www.cockingtoncourt.org or at info@cockingtoncourt.org or by telephone: 01803 607230

Mayor of Torbay, Gordon Oliver said: “I hope that many local families and visitors to Torbay come along to Cockington Court to take part in the exciting range of Halloween activities being held there during half term week. The court, the country park and village are a stunning backdrop to the family events.

“And I am pleased to see Deborah Treliving hosting a masterclass in printmaking for visiting arts enthusiasts  which really adds to our appeal as a year-round destination with specialist niche events as well as popular family activities – we have something for everyone in Torbay!

Cockington Court Centre Director, Marissa Wakefield said: “I am really looking forward to hosting this year’s Halloween event during half term with our partners in Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust and Play Torbay. We promise a great week of spooky and crafty activities, do come in fancy dress to help us create the right atmosphere for a fun-packed Halloween!”

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