Open Air Arts in England: Top 10 Open Air Theatres in England

In the earliest days of stage acts, open air theatres in England are already the most common places to head to. The great thing about this is even today England still features such places where people can come for acts.

Open Air Arts in England: Theatre and Opera Houses

  • Proms in the Park. The Queen’s Hall in London was home to the first Proms classical music concert that happened in the 10th of August in the year 1985. Today, original Prom’s conductor music genius Sir Henry Wood’s music and concert concept is still presented as a 2-month classical music presentation in the Last Night of the Proms.  The concert runs all over England specifically in London and Salford during the 2-month showing period.
  • Somerset House. The Somerset House is a place where even audience can find an opportunity to step into their creative selves and not just to sit and watch the performing arts or walk around for the display of visual arts about the venue. The venue is most famous for the outdoor concerts it hosts during summer nights.
  • The Minack Theatre. This theatre is the most famous in all of Britain. This is because the venue itself is a spectacular even before the curtain is opened to start the act. The Minack Theatreis set on a rocky cliff that overlooks the sea. The venue is entirely open air so from the performance to the setting every visitor will get their dose of “wow!”
  • Scarborough Open Air Theatre. Scarborough Open Air Theater is known as Europe’s largest open air theater. While the 2011 show season is over, the venue has announced even grander and better performances for 2012 making it a must to come to the theatre during a London visit.
  • Alnwick Castle. Who has not heard of the Alnwick Castle? As of the present, people do not only come for a nice picnic neither around its grounds nor for the Summer Concert it holds but also for a tour as it is the real-life Hogwarts.
  • Glyndebourne. Glyndebourne has its foundations set to presenting top quality and highly remarkable opera presentations.  The Glyndebourne Festival Opera is a must watch in the English summer season as the best of the best performances to be presented in the prestigious venue in country setting.
  • The Globe. A visit to the Globe is an awesome experience. It is the nearest to the experience of watching Shakespeare’s plays during his day. While the original theatre has burned down, the reconstruction is designed to be just as the original theatre was with added appeal and durability.

Open Air Arts in England: Sculpture Parks

  • Antony Gormley’s Another Place. Located on Crosby Beach, the Another Place is home to 100 cast iron figures which weigh 650 kilos a piece. When seen from a far, the casts look like people who are approaching the sea. The figures were displayed in Europe specifically in Belguim, Norway and Germany.
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Every year some 300,000 visitors come to the park with about 40,000 of them in for an educational visit. The venue is hailed by Financial Times’ Bill Packer to be probably the “finest sculpture exhibition” all over the world.  The 500 acre parkland of 18th century design includes a gallery that is home to 60 sculptures.
  • Henry Moore Green is a research center that is a former home to Henry Moore in Hertfordshire. The venue has the original home, studios, sculpture exhibits and galleries. The place is often rented for weddings and other remarkable events due to its sights.

Present day theatres stand not only as huge and as beautiful as those in the time of Shakespeare but also they are venue even to concerts. Also, there are open air art galleries all over England. Be sure to drop by these open air arts in England to complete the trip’s dose of art and music.

Written by British Travel Guide Blog

1 Comment

  1. If you like open air sculpture parks, may I recommend the Cass Foundation sculpture park at Goodwood near Chichester in West Sussex.

    It’s set in a great woodland location on the side of a hill in the Sussex countryside and is a very relaxing place to wander around from sculpture to sculpture.

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