Cockington Court champions business creativity in Torbay with some summer surprises

The Cockington Court Centre of Creativity is an increasingly popular visitor attraction in Torbay that supports local creative businesses. Operated by the Torbay Economic Development Company Limited (TDA) it provides an innovation centre to cultivate art, culture, and local talent.

Cockington Court launches summer of fun

This summer, Cockington Court invites visitors to come and see its space-themed sculpture trail. Doctor Who has even landed the Tardis to join in the fun!

The trail leads visitors around the grounds of Cockington Court and into the Manor House, featuring 29 unique sculptures created by local artists and sculptors. The annual Sculpture Trail is popular with art and culture enthusiasts and families, with thousands exploring the trail every year. 

Visitors are in for an extra treat this year as the trail also features a Tardis – Dr Who’s iconic police box time machine. This particular Tardis was created in 2015 during the Christopher Eccleston Doctor Who reboot and used at various red-carpet events and in the BBC Studios tour. Over the years, it also featured in several Doctor Who episodes. 

‘‘The aliens have landed at Cockington Court this summer,” said Cockington Court Director, Marissa Wakefield. “There are dozens of spaced-themed sculptures hiding around our grounds, waiting to be discovered by intrepid explorers. The free sculpture trail is one of the key events in our calendar and is a wonderful way for people of all ages to access and enjoy art.

‘‘We’re also thrilled to be displaying our very own Doctor Who Tardis. The police box time machine has become iconic in British popular culture and fits in brilliantly with our space theme – a wonderful addition to this year’s trail which we hope visitors will enjoy.’’

To take part in the trail, visitors can collect a trail map from inside the Manor House.

Cockington Court will also be staging outdoor theatre productions of Robin Hood, Pride & Prejudice and Twelfth Night. Visitors can also enjoy one of the many dog-friendly walks around the estate, have a bite to eat in the on-site Seven Dials café, visit the creative makers in their studios or do some shopping in the gallery. Horse and carriage rides are also available around the grounds.

The Cockington Court Sculpture Trail is open to the public daily, 10:30am – 4:30pm, from 30 July to 30 October 2023. To find out more visit:

Cockington Court is operated by TDA as both a visitor attraction and an innovation centre to cultivate art, culture, and local talent, supporting small local creative businesses. TDA is an award-winning provider of business and property services, workspace management and affordable housing. TDA makes a real difference to people living and working in the Southwest of England.

Also read: Devon Business Show: uniting entrepreneurs and fostering growth

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