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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

House of Marbles

Marble by Cuneo
The House of Marbles is a fantastic place for a family visit and should keep the whole family entertained for at least a couple of hours. If you happen to go when they are blowing glass out the back, that will hold you there even longer. There is a gallery to walk round so you can look down on the work happening in the blowing furnaces.

Apart from the workshops to look at there is a museum with lots of examples of marbles from around the world and also information on how marbles are made with some machinery on display. You can see some 'Heath Robinson' type marble run contraptions and one is so massive it takes up the whole wall at one end of this large building with the marbles being about the size of an average fist. You can have your children's hands and feet cast in glass and there are also glass making courses.

Close up of green marbleThe shop holds lots of things for both adults and children and I can recommend their own marble runs made out of plastic - our little girl loves playing with it as do her friends - keeps them quiet for a good long time. Actually, it does me too!

Their web site: http://www.houseofmarbles.com/

The Old Pottery, Pottery Road
Bovey Tracey
TQ13 9DS

01626 835 285

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