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Easter Treats & Family Fun at Occombe and Cockington

PUBLISHED: 12:51 13 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:07 05 April 2013

Easter Treats & Family Fun at Occombe and Cockington

Easter Treats & Family Fun at Occombe and Cockington

You could spend a whole day at Cockington or Occombe, but combining them gives a day full of discoveries with some great country walking, and all on the edge of Torbay

Easter Treats & Family Fun at Occombe and Cockington


You could spend a whole day at Cockington or Occombe, but combining them gives a day full of discoveries with some great country walking, and all on the edge of Torbay

Although Occombe Farm is just a few fields away from Torbay, its 150 acres include precious, unspoilt wildflower meadows and woodland. This traditional farm was given to conservation charity Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust to manage as an educational resource and to protect its landscape and wildlife.

Ruby Red cattle graze the meadows, keeping the grass at just the right level for wildflowers to flourish. Their beef can be purchased in the farm shop alongside veg from the organic garden, an impressive cheese and deli counter, Halletts bread from Torquay, Bays Brewery beers, Hunts Farm cider and Sharpham wines, plus local jams, cakes and more. Its a truly local shop.

Children can get close to the farms other livestock: pigs, goats, chickens, plus alpacas Chieftain and Captain Kid. A waymarked 2km trail leads around the wilder heart of the farm past meadows that are scrubby and wildlife-rich, through wet woodlands where you can bird-watch from a hide.

Farm visits, family events and its own Cookery School, Occombe has a real local following.

Occombe is a five-minute drive from the fabulous Cockington Court, a 460-acre estate just a mile behind Torquays seafront. Cockington village is a cluster of thatched chocolate-box cottages, and draws visitors to enjoy its rose-filled gardens or a horse and carriage ride.

The imposing manor house has a long history of being owned and lost, usually according to the kings favour at the time. Now it hosts happier events, as a register office, gallery and tea rooms, and is a lovely spot to relax while the children enjoy running across the long sweep of lawns.

Cockington is a working place; a creative hub for artists and craftspeople, and in the old stables you can a blacksmith and glassblower working. Peep inside the estate church (1069) or visit the Sea Change Centre, home to some of Torbays most innovative artists and craftspeople. From ancient history to modern-day crafts, Cockington is full of surprises.

occombe.org.uk and cockingtoncourt.co.uk


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