What's more, the Cornish coastal path crosses the beach here, so it's also a good place for walking (see No 40).Facilities at Gorran Haven include toilets, cafes and restaurants, plus there is a pay-and-display car park signposted as you enter the village.6 THE MINACK THEATRE This cliff-top, open-air theatre is hosting a special eclipse play on Wednesday, with the dramatic event happening right in the middle of the performance. , the play is based on the mythical concept that Merlin will reappear before the end of the millennium. For the rest of the week, the theatre will be showing The Itch.Where & when: Minack Theatre, near Porthcurno, near Penzance (01736 810694); open all year.8 GORRAN HAVEN, NR MEVAGISSY Gorran Haven, near Mevagissy, is a safe, clean beach for children, according to Chris Davis.It's also good for rock-pooling, sailing, snorkelling and surfing, as it has areas zoned off for water sports.Wednesday's total eclipse will last a mere two minutes.
Where & when: Halzephron Inn, Gunwalloe, Helston (01326 240406); daily (including 11 Aug), food 12noon-2pm and 6.30pm-9.30pm (till 9pm Sun and throughout winter). 5 TREEN, NR ST IVES From the little hamlet of Treen on Cornwall's north coast (not to be confused with Treen on the south coast), take the footpath across the fields to Gurnard's Head, where, according to Martin Hunt, "a sweeping view of quintessential Cornish coast will open up before you".
How much: adults pounds 7.50/pounds 6.50, children half-price.
7 TATE GALLERY, ST IVES Perfect if the weather doesn't come up to scratch, and a good place to cool off if it does.
There are a total of five galleries right on the seafront, and Teresa Timms particularly likes the fact that there is even a dedicated "parking area" for surfboards!
The current exhibition, which runs until 31 Oct, is "As Dark as Light", and features eclipse-related works by Yuko Shiraishi, Gia Edzveradze and Garry Fabian Miller.