Cornwall is home to several renowned theatre companies who delight audiences across the country and beyond with their inspired, moving performances, while the Minack Theatre hosts a variety of companies from Cornwall and across the UK.

The summer offers a plethora of choices for open air performances in stunning locations at some rather unusual venues. There’s something truly special about outdoor theatre in Cornwall, and it certainly makes for a memorable holiday. Pack a picnic and enjoy the entertainment as the sun goes down…

Here’s our round up of the best outdoor theatre Cornwall has to offer this summer.

Kneehigh Theatre

Kneehigh Theatre has fantastic new production for 2014 intriguingly titled Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) – a brand new version of The Beggar’s Opera. They’ll be performing just down the road from Bosinver at the Lost Gardens of Heligan in the Asylum, a purpose built nomadic theatre space.

The restaurant in the gardens will be serving up some divine dishes made from locally sourced produce (including vegetables grown just a few metres away), so you can have a meal, mingle with friends and enjoy the surroundings before the show.

Performances take place 30 August – 28 September 2014. This one’s just for the bigger kids (age 14+) – we really can’t wait!

Miracle Theatre

Miracle Theatre has been producing wonderfully inventive outdoor theatre for 35 years. Currently touring across Cornwall with their production of The Tempest, performances take place throughout July and August in atmospheric outdoor spaces such as Trebah, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and St Mawes Castle.

Rogue Theatre


Rogue Theatre is back this summer with the ever-popular Wild Woodland Summer Ball in Tehidy Woods. This is a magical experience for the whole family and one that’s guaranteed to engage kids of all ages. Nanny Pat took the whole family to one of the shows last year – you can read all about it in our blog.

Performances of the Wild Woodland Summer Ball take place from mid August to early September.

Rogue Theatre will also be putting on two shows later in the year – The Hallowed over October half term and Winter Wood during the Christmas holidays.

The Minack Theatre

A visit to the Minack Theatre is an unforgettable experience (read more about it in our Minack Theatre blog post). Hewn out of granite and overlooking the sea, this is one place where the view might just rival the action on stage – especially if there are dolphins in the bay.


There’s a wide variety of performances between May and September, including children’s shows during the day. Make the most out of your trip to by combining a visit to Minack with an afternoon on Porthcurno beach, a walk along the coast path or a visit to the newly re-opened Porthcurno Telegraph Musuem.

Useful information

While some shows sell out early, it’s sometimes possible to pick up returned tickets at the last minute. For some performances you may be able to buy tickets on the door. We recommend checking with the box office or online before you make any plans.

Top tip: Even if it’s hot during the day, it can get cold as the sun goes down, especially in exposed venues such as the Minack. Go prepared and take extra layers or blankets to snuggle up under.

Book a late summer break at Bosinver

Tempted? We’ve still got availability in some of our cottages in late August and September. If you haven’t got time to spend a whole week in Cornwall, we’ve also got short breaks available from mid September – ideal for catching a performance and making the most of the late summer sun.