Porthcurno and the magical Minack Theatre
A unique theatre experience a short drive from your holiday cottage
Fancy a change from moorland walks or another day exploring Penzance? Whether you just want something different or you’re missing West End culture, why not visit Cornwall’s ‘theatre under the stars’ at Minack, near the little village of Porthcurno.
The Minack Theatre – it’s truly amazing
Just a few miles’ drive from Kenegie Manor and Lands End itself, the world famous Minack Theatre makes a fascinating excursion – and a magical outdoor setting for stage performances such as Moby Dick! The Musical, The Gondoliers or Proms at Minack. Where else could you enjoy a memorable musical performance under the stars, within a stones throw of cliff-foot breakers and nestled in a unique amphitheatre hewn painstakingly from eons-old Cornish granite?
A rocky place with a fascinating history
For seasoned theatre-goers or newcomers alike, the Minack Theatre is like nothing else you’ll ever experience. The name Minack comes from the Cornish word meynek – meaning a rocky place. If ever the name fitted the location it’s here, just yards from the charming village of Porthcurno where, between 1870 and 1970, a world-leading hub of the international cable communications industry was based and massive submarine cables plunged into the Atlantic...
The Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
The role of Porthcurno in communications continued for another quarter of a century with an important training centre based in the heart of the village. Today, the tradition continues with the fascinating Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, packed full of interesting history, sculptures, temporary exhibitions and secret WW2 tunnels. Forget dry science – a day here (whether it’s raining or not) is sure to fascinate and entertain the whole family.
Supper, then a stroll on one of Cornwall’s loveliest beaches…
Later, as the sun sets on another wonderful Cornish day, what could be lovelier than supper at the Cable Station Inn or The Porthcurno Beach Café, or fresh fish and chips on the beach. Flanked by the cliff top Minack Theatre and the famous Logan Rock, beautiful southeast-facing Porthcurno Beach is a gem that every West Cornwall visitor should make sure they explore.