Out and About in Cornwall
The Minack theatre
A unique open air theatre built in to the cliff in 1930 and now this theatre which began its life as a garden venue has developed into a world-famous venue for good amateur theatrical groups. As players in such groups, many of today's stars have appeared on this open air stage. These include Michael York, Sheridan Morley, John Nettles, Sue Pollard, Will Self, Jack Shepherd and Sarah Brightman, to name just a few.
The summer season of plays, musicals and operettas runs for seventeen weeks from May to September each summer. The great works of Shakespeare are still performed and accompanied by live music in this beautiful setting. The operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan are performed regularly, especially the most popular "Pirates of Penzance".
The best time to visit the Minack theatre will always be on a lovely summer evening, when the moon is shining on the sea and the lights of an occasional fishing vessel can be seen as it makes its way into harbour. No matter whether the play is Shakespeare, Arthurian legend or a musical, there is an undeniable magic here.
The South West Coast Path National Trail - 630 miles of superb coastal walking. From Minehead on the edge of the Exmoor National Park to the shores of Poole Harbour in Dorset it is the best way to enjoy the wonderful coastal scenery, wildlife and heritage.
By choosing to stay in between the north and south coasts of Cornwall almost any part of the South West Coast Path can be easily accessed.
Cornwall offers the cyclist a great variety of cycling from quiet country lanes which meander through picturesque villages and ancient harbours, to more challenging off-road routes which explore the depths of the Cornish countryside.
From the genteel Camel Trail which is ideal for those with young children, to the challenging North Cornwall coastal road which provides some of the steepest gradients in the county. Cycling holiday operators in Cornwall - Bissoe Tramways Cycle Hire, Cornish Cycle Tours and The Bike Barn.
The farm is situated just a few hundred yards from the Bissoe Valley cycle trail which crosses Cornwall from Portreath on the north coast to Devoran in the south, most of it off road cycling, through the historic mining areas of Cornwall. See Visit Cornwall for more information.
Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly which lie 28 miles west of the Land's End have a much envied reputation for birdwatching. Rare birds are often blown off course during their migration and take an unscheduled break in Cornwall.
During 2002 a pair of Hoopoes spent several days in the valley behind Porthgwarra. These striking birds would normally reside in continental Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Peregrine Falcons, now well established in Cornwall, bred on a clifftop site on the North Cornish coast; and a pair of Choughs, Cornwall's national bird, not seen here for many years bred successfully for the first time in 50 years, producing 4 chicks.
In addition to the wealth of rare birds which can be seen, Cornwall's resident bird population is huge and varied. From the waders and waterfowl to the magnificent birds of prey, the birdlife of Cornwall will be of interest to anyone who enjoys observing birds in a beautiful natural environment.
There are many sites around Cornwall which are of great interest to birdwatchers. These include: Marazion Marsh and Hayle Estuary, both of which have RSPB Reserves; Porthgwarra and many of the valleys on the Land's End peninsula; Stithians Reservoir; the creeks of the Truro and Fal Rivers; the Camel Estuary with the Walmsley Sanctuary near Chapel Amble; Goss Moor; and Dozmary Pool. Christmas 2002 sightings in West Penwith included: Rosy Starling; 3 Cranes; Gyr Falcon; Ring Billed Gull; 2 Black Redstarts; Brent Goose; Little Egret.
Mylor Sailing School
Mylor Sailing School at Mylor Harbour, just 4 miles from Cornish Barn Holidays, offers sailing tuition to suit all members of the family, whether you wish to join a 5 day holiday course, join as a family or even benefit from individual tuition. Courses and tuition can be arranged to suit your own requirements. Beginners and more experienced sailors catered for. Special discounts are available for those visiting in less busy periods of the year. Please visit their website for further details of all the courses on offer.