Thursday, 8 March 2012
Days Out in Devon: Cockington Court
Anyway, I've been hankering to visit Cockington Court, an olde worlde place in the heart of Torbay for sometime now to see its craft studios, ancient church and gardens. And winter turned out to be a good place to go. It's the type of place that would be groaning with grockles come the warmer summer months. One of its attractive features is that it costs now't to visit and would have fitted nicely into my post about free places in South Devon that I rustled up last year. Beware the gent's toilets though. Louis' friend Niall reported that they smelt worse than the Gorilla House at Paignton Zoo!
My friend Maire (that's pronounced Moira to all those non Irish souls out there) and I took our boys. To keep them entertained we forked out a fiver for a Murder Mystery Treasure Trail set in the grounds. Here they are in Cockington Church looking for clues to let them know which suspects to eliminate. This was another smelly place, this time the aroma of damp pervaded the air. It wasn't so pungent to detractv from the beauty of this ancient building.
The booklet is produced by a company called Treasure Trails and a brief perusal of their website shows that they've produced millions and zillions of others for places all over the UK. Well, okay I exaggerate - there's about five hundred - even one we could try when we visit Nana and Grandpa Lovelygrey in Southend-on-Sea next time. Obviously I'd prefer a trip out to be entirely free but when you compare the cost to family admission charges to the majority of attractions these represent good value in terms of money and the explorational fun to be had.