Lands End in Cornwall is a picturesque coastal headland, lying on the most western point of the mainland, 8 miles away from the famous Penzance. Lands End is actually a haven for rare species of flowers and plants, and is now under the protection of the organisation 'Plantlife', who deemed the headland an 'Important Plant Area'. Other than the small settlement that the region is home to, and its (until recently) not-so-popular theme park, one of Lands Ends most common uses is to measure or represent distances, for example - there are 838 miles of traversable road between Lands End and John O'Groats in Scotland, and as such, the phrase 'Lands End to John O'Groats' is now used as a unit or measurement of distance for charity events, races and walks of the same or similar distance.
Over 25 years ago, in 1987, a man named David Goldstone sold Lands End for around £7 million to a man named Peter de Savary, who also happened to own John O'Groats. De Savary pretty much immediately constructed two new buildings on the land, and set in motion the planning and creation of the majority Lands Ends theme park as it stands today.
However, in 1991, just 4 years after purchasing the Cornwall headland, Peter de Savary sold it along with John O'Groats. Lands End was sold off again just five years later, and its buyers took over the failing theme park, beginning a now prosperous company by the name of Heritage Great Britain PLC. These days, the theme parks attractions include several childrens playgrounds, and regular fire displays during August.
Lands End became the centre of attention and media coverage during May of 2012, as it marked the starting point of the 2012 London Olympic torch's journey.