After going through the photos for our Cornwall road trip, I decided to split the trip into a few different blog posts. We visited far too many places for one post alone. We spent our second night in Penzance, and then headed to The Minack Theatre and Porthchapel beach in the morning.
The Minack is an open-air theatre built into a cliff edge in Porthcurno, West Cornwall. The theatre was built in 1931 by Rowena Clade, who was 38 years old at the time. It’s a pretty magical place that has to be seen to be believed. One of my favourite touches was the hand-carved names of Rowena’s favourite plays on the seats (see photos).
There are regular productions at the Minack, or you can visit between sets to explore. As our trip was very much planned on a whim (we didn’t actually intend to visit the Minack), we visited between sets. It’s worth getting there early in tourist season, as the car parks fill up quickly. Even without a play to watch, it’s an amazing place. If anything, I preferred the lack of people and the freedom to wonder around the stage for taking photos.
Porthchapel beach was a happy discovery, after we arrived two hours early to the Minack and needed somewhere to wait. The beach is small and unspoiled, and is a lot more relaxing than some of the other nearby, densely-populated beaches. The white sand and clear blue sea made it hard to believe we were still in the UK. Although it’s a bit awkward to get to Porthchapel beach (you have to climb down a number of steep rocks), it’s worth it.
If you want to see more from our Cornwall trip, check out my Cadgwith Cove blog post.
The Minack Theatre