Cornwall

Watch a play and enjoy a picnic at the Minack Theatre

Arguably the most famous outdoor theatre in the UK, the actors at the Minack not only have to battle with the elements (the show must go on, come rain or shine) but also for attention – the ocean and craggy cliff backdrop of Porthcurno is absolutely stunning.

It may look like a Grecian ruin, hewn out of rock thousands of years, but in fact the Minack was created by an amazing lady called Rowena Cade and her gardener Billy Rawlings almost 80 years ago. Between them they hauled materials down or up the cliff, working over the winter months each year throughout her life to create the theatre it is today. It’s quite apt that the first play performed there was The Tempest!

With dramas, musicals and opera running from May to September, try to catch a performance if you are on holiday nearby at this time – whatever is being performed, it will be a truly unique experience. You can bring your own picnic, so pack your favourite nibbles and tipple (we recommend something sparkly if it’s sunny or something warming if it’s little chilly). Pack brollies and waterproofs just in case (the weather can change quickly by the sea) and cushions too – the seating is made of stone!

Matinee performances start at 2pm and evening performances at 8pm. For more information on what’s on, take a look at their website or give them a call on - 01736810181

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