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Skates are on at Cockington's seasonal ice rink

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

  • FESTIVE FUN: Maggie Branch, front, on the ice rink Andy Styles TQAS20131208A-008_C

  • 08/12/2013 Cockington court christmas fayre, Eva Wills on the ice rink. - Photo mandatory by-line: Andy Styles - Tel: 01626 872731 - Mobile: 07834214253 TQAS20131208A-009_C

  • PRESENTATION: Chief petty officer Jason Wallace, Nick Hindmarsh, Mary Shaw and the Governors' Awards winners Polly Bailey and Charlie Cole

  • SANTA'S GROTTO: Peter Gardener, aged five with Father Christmas at the Cockington Court Christmas Fayre Andy Styles TQAS20131208A-003_C

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THE seasonal skating rink at Cockington Court hosted 300 skaters on its opening day.

On Sunday, one of the biggest and best Christmas Fayres 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 to 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 until December 31 (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.

In association with the Herald Express a donation will be made from the skater's fee towards the Cockington Restoration Project Appeal.

Cockington Court operators, the TDA, have complemented Torbay Council's discount parking offer with a flat fee of £2 for the whole day or if they prefer they can park for up to an hour for £1.

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