Carol singers, stilt walkers and a samba band will help to kick off the 'Christmas at Cockington Court' festivities next month and there will even be a special visit from Santa!
Those visiting the Court on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December will be in for a real treat when he Christmas at Cockington Court event takes place.
In partnership with Born Hectic, a premier organiser of Christmas events in the West Country, there will be more than 30 food and drink stalls, face painting, a samba band, trumpet player, choirs and jugglers. There will also be a lantern parade from 4-5pm on Saturday 8 December and stilt walkers ‘The Funny Fairies’ on Sunday 9 December.
Father Christmas will be flying in on Saturday 8 December for the opening of his Winter Wonderland Grotto where he will be introducing youngsters to his muddled-up elves and their 'we believe' jars of magic sparkle. The magical Grotto described by many visitors last year as the best they had been to, will be located in the Kitchen Gallery at Cockington Court Craft Centre. It will be open daily for visitors to explore and write their letters to Santa and the man himself will be making special appearances, armed with sackfuls of presents on:
* Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December
* Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December
* Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 December
The Grotto will be open at 10am-12pm, 12.30pm-2pm and 2.30pm-4pm each day. The cost of the Grotto will be £1 per child to include a small gift. During busier times, families may be given a special ‘holly leaf’ ticket for a particular time to visit Father Christmas.
Those looking for that unique and special Christmas gift can visit the 21 quality craft studios at the Court throughout December offering jewellery, glassware, wooden toys, ceramics, bags and sewing kits, prints, textiles, beauty products, sculpture, paintings, furniture and blacksmith leatherwork, as well as the Devon Guild Shop and a tempting chocolatier.
There will also be glass blowing and blacksmith demonstrations as well as the usual galleries and tea room facilities available from 10am-4pm until Monday 24 December.
Torbay Council's Executive Lead for Culture and the Arts and Regional Board Member for Arts Council England South West, Cllr Dave Butt, said: "It has been another exciting year for Cockington Court and we want to finish the year with a bang and really showcase all that the Court and Craft Centre has to offer.
"The Christmas event will really encourage residents and visitors alike to get into the festive spirit and perhaps sing along with a few carols or pop in to see Santa whilst buying presents for loved ones."
Director at Cockington Court Craft Centre Marissa Wakefield said: "We are really excited to be working in partnership for our Christmas event with leading event organisers Born Hectic and also Creative Torbay.
"For the first time we have a two day event bursting with entertainment and fun. We invite everyone to bring along a lantern to light up for the parade on Saturday 8 December at 4pm which will be accompanied by a samba band.
"Cockington Court has so much to offer to everyone and is such a stunning venue to purchase those unique Christmas presents from a vast range of items direct from the makers."
Further information on the festivities at Cockington Court is available at www.cockingtoncourt.org.