Cornwall is one of the most picturesque counties here in England. Situated on the southwest coast, it is almost entirely surrounded by coastline. As such it is made up of the most wonderful white beaches and small fishing villages. Cornwall is also very rich in history and ancient site’s to explore. Needless to say, it is one of the most loved destinations here in the UK for holiday-goers. On the most southwesterly point of this stunning county, perched high up on the cliffs of Porthcurno, is the Minack Theatre. Looking out to sea, the views are unparalleled.
History Of Minack Theatre
The theatre was the brainchild of Rowena Cade, who lived in Minack House at the top of the cliffs. She decided that the cliffs below her house were the perfect setting for her vision of creating a place for a local drama troop to perform . In the 1930’s, with the help of her gardener, she set about bringing that vision to life. The views of the sea and the surrounding bay are absolutely stunning. I can’t think of a better location to watch a play on a warm summers evening. When you set eyes on it you will be left with little wonder as to why the Minack Theatre is world famous and one of the best examples of an open-air theatre. You can visit for an afternoon or book tickets to watch a performance here yourself.
Looking out from Minack Theatre you will see Porthcurno beach below. Porthcurno is one of the nicest beaches we came across in Cornwall. White washed sands, tranquil and unspoilt. All the characteristics that make up my favourite kind of beach. You can take the steep set of stairs built into the rock face from the theatre if you like. Or like me, you can drive down the steep road to the car park. Situated a short 5 minute walk away from the beach, you are able to wander down a sandy pathway towards the sea front.
There aren’t any facilities here other than a lifeguard post. This is a beach meant for pure relaxation away from the daily grind. Make sure to pack a picnic too to make the most of your afternoon. The waters here are crystal clear and when the sun is shining they are beautifully turquoise and very inviting. The beach itself is surrounded by high cliffs on both sides which make it feel wonderfully secluded and provide shelter from the wind so you really feel the benefits of the sunshine. Certainly a beach you need to visit here in the UK.
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