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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Coastguards Cafe

St. Agnes Mar-Oct

Situated above Santa Warna Cove on St Agnes, behind the Coastguard Cottages with one of the wildest views in the UK. This cool family owned cafe serves great coffee, delicious homemade lunches, cakes and cream teas using local produce. Wifi access and lots of seating inside and out.Read more »

The Pilot's Gig Restaurant

St. Mary's All year

Hayden and Laurie-Ann re-opened the Pilot's Gig Restaurant in 2013. Passionate about local produce they source their fish from the quay, just 50m away! Offering late openings, WIFI, and BYOB nights, this underground treasure is full of Scilly character.Read more »

Splash dish

Phoenix Craft Workshops

St. Mary's All year

A co-operative of seven local artist and craftspeople working on the little Business Park at Porthmellon. Work includes paintings, printmaking, leather work, stained & fused glass, jewellery and fabric painting and printing. There is a gallery of work by more local artists upstairs. Computer and printer available for public use, or free WiFi if you have your own phone or tablet. Classes for children & adults are also available.Read more »

St Mary's Riding Centre

St. Mary's All year

A warm welcome awaits you at St Mary's Riding Centre, the only horse riding establishment in the Isles of Scilly. Fully licenced, insured and a British Horse Society Approved Trekking Centre and Riding School.Read more »

St Martin's wines in basket

St Martin's Vineyard, Winery and Visitor Centre

St. Martin's Mar-Oct

Enjoy an informative tour and purchase some of our unique fine wines. We produce a selection of five wines at the vineyard - 3 whites, 1 rose and 1 red - all crisp, and all cultivated to mature in cooler maritime climates.  In total we produce approximately 2,000 bottles of wine each year. Our shop and visitor centre is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (11.00am - 4.00pm). Read more »

Polreath Tea Room

St. Martin's Apr-Sep

Delicious homebaked cakes, freshly prepared lunches, afternoon cream teas or just a local beer; a warm welcome awaits you in our conservatory, plantsman’s garden or traditional Scillonian glasshouse.

Open Sunday to Friday 10.30am to 4.30pm April to September.
Closed Saturdays. 

Lunch served 12 noon to 2pm. Cream teas available from 2.30pm.

Please note Polreath Tea Room will be closed on Sunday 21st September and Monday 22nd September 2014.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 »

Local St Martin's wines

St Martin's Vineyard, Winery and Visitor Centre

St. Martin's Mar-Oct

Come and see a working vineyard in action. Enjoy an informative tour and sample our unique selection of fine wines - or simply pop by the visitor centre and shop at your leisure. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (10.45am - 4.00pm) by appointment or when the gate is open!

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Radio Scilly

St. Mary's All year

Listen to us on 107.9FM or online through www.radioscilly.com or www.scillytoday.com. Tune in for local events and news, accurate island weather and inter-island boat times every morning, just before 9.15am. The perfect way to prepare for your holiday on Scilly, or to reminisce once you get home.Read more »

Kaffeehaus Salbei

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

The Kaffeehaus is Isles of Scilly Country Guest House's own onsite and unique cafe. It was established in 2003 and specialises in Bavarian delicacies such as Apfelstrudel and fresh German Bread. As well as providing delicious homemade cakes and classic lunchtime dishes, we are licensed to sell alcohol.Read more »