Things to do

Never a dull moment

If you’re looking for things to do on Scilly, you won’t have far to search. From dawn till dusk (and later if you like) there are awe-inspiring sites, amazing sporting activities, wonderful galleries and craftshops to browse, unique attractions and fabulous places to eat.

Whether you are visiting for the first or the 40th time, there’s plenty to see and plenty to do. In fact, the more you peel back the layers of these fascinating islands, the more you will discover.

For those looking to kick-back and relax we have delightful beachfront cafés, scenic coastal walks, a vibrant Arts & Culture scene and one of the greatest gardens of Europe – Tresco Abbey Garden.

If you’re seeking action and thrills, there are plenty of Activities to seek out - you can dive, sail, kayak, windsurf, paddle board, horse ride, explore on mountain bikes and take part in organised sea-swims, to name a few activities. You can Walk & Hike, Cycle, Shop and of course enjoy Boat trips and Tours that will enable you to soak up the islands' atmosphere, our unique archaeological sites and our extraordinary Wildlife.

There is also a varied and vibrant Events programme throughout the season, kick starting with Walk Scilly week and the Folk Scilly Festival, both in April. Then we have the famous World Pilot Gig Championships held every year during the first Bank Holiday in May.

Throughout the spring, summer and autumn, there are island fetes, RNLI days, plus music, sports and food festivals. Numerous Scillonian bands also entertain at the pubs and clubs year round. In short, there is something for everyone if you like to be entertained. And if you don't? Well it's just as easy to slip away from it all to relax and recharge.

The Tourism Information Centre on Porthcressa Beach will give you the low-down. Pop in or follow @scillyTIC to keep up to date with What's On.

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Tresco Stores

Tresco All year

From every day essentials to gourmet items, we have a wide selection of produce that will satisfy fussy kids as well as the most discerning foodie. We understand the needs of families staying on the island, especially those with small children, and you can be assured that we are well stocked with major food brands, nappies and other baby and infant paraphernalia. We also stock every day essentials for those self-catering, so you don’t need fill your suitcase up with biscuits and breakfast cereal!Read more »

Bryher Boatyard

Bryher Mar-Nov

Bryher Boatyard provides boatshare in the Island Pilot gaff-rigged sailing boat and the Powercat twin-engined catamaran motorboat. Workshop facilities, storage and moorings. Chandler's shop for fishing and nautical gifts.Read more »

Gallery Tresco

Tresco All year

Gallery Tresco is located in the most enviable of positions on New Grimsby shoreline and is a haven for art lovers. Some of Cornwall’s finest art can be found on the walls of this light and airy converted boatshed, which has been open for over 20 years.Read more »

Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco All year

The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is a perennial Kew without the glass - shrugging off salt spray and Atlantic gales to host thousands of exotic plants.

Many of these would stand no chance on the Cornish mainland, less than 30 miles away. Yet even at the winter equinox more than 300 plants will be in flower. All in all, the garden is home to species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.Read more »

Scilly Flowers

St. Martin's All year

For over 20 years Scilly Flowers, based at Churchtown Farm, on the small island of St Martin’s, has been sending gift boxes of scented flowers direct from our farm, through the post to any UK address. As well as sending our postal gifts we are also able to supply flowers for weddings and other special occassions.Read more »

The Foredeck

St. Mary's All year

The longest established clothing store on Scilly...stocking the best in lifestyle brands...Joules, Musto, White Stuff, The North Face, Animal, plus fantastic footwear from Orca Bay and Merrell. Also Fay Page Silver. Situated on Silver Street in Hugh Town, just off the main street.Read more »

View of the Phoenix Studios and workshops

Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's All year

The Phoenix Craft studios and workshops comprise seven individual craftspeople, many of whom will teach their skills to visitors. Children and adults can paint glass roundels, ceramic mugs and plates or fabric bags and tee-shirts. Beaded jewellery and silk scarf painting classes are open to all age groups too. Adults (over 14 years) also have the option of doing a three hour class in Tiffany glass, learning to to cut, copper-foil and solder coloured glass into a light-catcher to take home. Prices from £8.50 to £30. During Art Scilly Week in May each year, many more classes are laid on.Read more »

The Clubhouse Bar/Restaurant (Golf Club)

St. Mary's All year

We are a relaxed and informal Golf Club open to everyone, with a bowling green, bar and restaurant. Outside seating with the best views across St Mary’s harbour, Samson, Bryher and Tresco.Read more »

Tanglewood Kitchen @ The Post Office

St. Mary's All year

Diverse food retail shop @ The Post Office on St Mary's, specialising in homemade ready meals, fresh fish and IOS shellfish, gourmet sandwiches, American import foods and fine wines. Tanglewood also stocks IOS eggs, vegetables, ales and ice cream. Bespoke catering available.Read more »

Spero’s Beach Café & Restaurant

St. Mary's All year

Speros is perfectly situated on Porthmellon Beach with stunning views overlooking the harbour. Lively, friendly beach café by day, relaxed, vibrant restaurant by evening. Spero's use local produce wherever possible, providing great home cooked food with a friendly service.Read more »