Cockington Christmas Fayre – a huge success as Cockington launches its festive season

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The skating rink at Cockington Court hosted 300 skaters on its opening day last weekend, and continues to be open every day until 31 December except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

On Sunday, the biggest and best Christmas Fayre took place with nearly 3,000 people enjoying the craft studios, skating rink, lantern parade, carol singing and festive food, drink and craft stalls. Santa had over 200 children visit him, and said it was the busiest Christmas Fayre he had ever seen at Cockington.

Santa is in his Grotto every weekend until Christmas, and the Grotto is open during the week for children to post their letter to Santa. He can be spotted on weekday mornings at the skating rink outside the Seachange Craft Studios where families can book skating with Santa sessions.

Also at Cockington Court in the run up top Christmas, there are festive food treats at the Tea Rooms and Chocolate Shop, plus a wealth of Christmas Crafts and unique gifts for sale direct from the tenants in the 22 craft studios.

The synthetic ice skating rink is open from 10.30am to 5pm daily (except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Tickets are £6 per session which includes the hire of skates; with a special “parent and toddler” concession of £6 for both. Tickets are available on a walk-up basis and are cash only.

Visitors to Cockington Court this year can benefit from discount car parking at the court and the village, introduced by Cockington Court operators, the TDA, to compliment Torbay Council’s discount parking offer. For a flat fee of £2, visitors can park at the Court or the village car park for a whole day, to take advantage of all that Cockington has to offer, or if they prefer they can park for up to an hour for only £1.

Weekday visitors to Cockington can use the local Dial-A-Bus service, for timetables visit

Deputy Mayor David Thomas said: “Well done to Cockington Court for organising such a fantastic Christmas Fayre this year, and I urge anyone to visit this festive winter wonderland in the lead up to Christmas; it’s a first rate place to get unique and stylish Christmas gifts for friends and family; and the skating rink and Santa make it a great day out with the children.”

Cockington Court Centre Director, Marissa Wakefield, said: “Sunday’s Christmas Fayre was the biggest and best we have ever had, it shows that Cockington Court is growing from strength to strength and is a popular day out at this time of year.

“There’s plenty to do and see in the run up to Christmas at Cockington Court; The Seachange and Stableyard Crafts Studios have unique, handmade gifts for Christmas shoppers; the Tearooms and chocolatiers are offering delicious festive treats to tempt your taste buds after a winter-wonderland walk in the Country Park; Santa is in his Grotto in the Kitchen Gallery and the new skating rink is proving very popular with our visitors this year. Come along to Cockington Court to sense the Christmas Creativity.”

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