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Iceni Magazine | August 16, 2022

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Blakeney Point, Norfolk, Named A Top UK Hidden Gem

Blakeney Point, Norfolk

The nation has decided that Blakeney Point, Norfolk is high on the wish-lists for many travellers, with the open-air theatre securing top spot in McCarthy & Stone’s ‘Hidden Gems’ survey.

A national McCarthy & Stone survey that had over 1,400 participants and a selection of ‘Hidden Gems’ to choose from, took place earlier this year and garnered exciting results. With an aim to find the UK’s best locations and attractions for family days out, day trips or short breaks away, the voters ranged in age, gender and geographic demographics. Blakeney Point proved itself to be a sought-after destination for people in the East Midlands and North London regions, and even claimed votes from the North West and Scotland.

Blakeney Point, Norfolk won 11% of the total votes

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno won 17% of the total votes

The Shell Grotto, Kent won 13% of the total votes

Rievaulx Terrace, North Yorkshire won 10% of the total votes

Tucked away on the coast of Norfolk, Blakeney Point, which came in third, is home to the best of UK wildlife and nature. It’s home to seals (newborn seal pups are visible around November to January) and it’s internationally famous for its birdlife. From gentle walks to more ambitious treks, crab fishing and guided tours, there are plenty of things to keep the whole family occupied on a day trip or weekend away.

Minack Theatre in Porthcurno secured the top spot as the nation’s favourite UK hidden gem, with a surprisingly even balance of votes between each region. The stunning open-air theatre is positioned just 4 miles from Land’s End in Cornwall and offers breathtaking views across the Atlantic Ocean and Cornish coast. Known for its unique backdrop for quality performances that vary from musicals, theatre, live music and storytelling, Minack Theatre is an ideal destination for families whether you’ll be seeing a performance or using your time to discover the wonders of the ampitheatre.

Kent’s Shell Grotto came in second place, winning votes with its ornate shell mosaics and mysterious origins. Covered with stunning patterns and art created from humble cockle, whelk, oyster and mussel shells, Shell Grotto is a magical place for minds both young and old to imagine and explore.

Click here to find out exactly how the UK voted for their top hidden gems and discover all the winners.

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