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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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 »

Tanglewood Kitchen @ The Post Office

St. Mary's All year

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

Active Scilly

St. Mary's All year

The Council of the Isles of Scilly provides some great community facilities. Just out of Hugh Town by the new school, there's a newly equipped gym with qualified instructors on hand, and the Queen Elizabeth Sport's Hall just next door, together with a large astroturf field. Further up country at Normandy, an indoor swimming pool offers open sessions, swimming lessons and aquafit. Contact Active Scilly on 01720 424373 or visit www.activescilly.co.uk to find out about all the sport and fitness activities that you can add to your holiday on Scilly.Read more »

Scilly Flowers

St. Martin's All year

Scilly Flowers based at Churchtown Farm on St Martin’s is Scilly’s postal flower service. We send gift boxes of scented flowers to any UK address all year round.  In the winter we grow and send Scented Narcissi and in the summer, Scented Pinks.  If you are on St Martin’s, pop into the farm and see what we do.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 »

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 »

Book a Bike on Scilly

St. Mary's All year

Cycle around St Mary's in just a few hours and take in the stunning views from every point of the island.

We will drop off and pick up cycles from your accommodation FREE OF CHARGE to save you time, so sit back and enjoy your holiday on the Isles of Scilly with BOOK A BIKE.

Hire and delivery also available to the off islands on request (St Martin's, St Agnes, Tresco and Bryher).Read more »

Special offer

Veronica Farm Fudge

Bryher All year

We're a family owned and run business where old traditions still hold. The Taylor family started making fudge twenty years ago on our farmhouse kitchen Aga. At Veronica Farm, on Bryher on the Isles of Scilly, we now have a purpose built fudge kitchen - still using traditional farmhouse methods.Read more »

St Agnes Boating Wildlife Safaris

St. Agnes Apr-Sep

St Agnes Boating is working with the Seabird Recovery Project to promote the island’s wildlife. Every Wednesday our guide Darren Mason, a wildlife trust volunteer, is our guide on our popular Wildlife Safari. The Spirit travels to Annet, the protected island where the seabirds nest and then onto the Western Rocks towards the Bishop Rock Lighthouse every Wednesday afternoon. Puffins, Manx Shearwaters and other nesting seabirds should be seen from April to July.  Come along to find out why our customers say this trip is exciting, educational, informative and fun! Read more »

view of Phoenix Studios

Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's All year

Phoenix Craft Studios is a co-operative of local artists and craftspeople working on the Porthmellon Business Park, a scenic 10 minutes walk from town. We have locally made crafts, from jewellery to stained and fused glass, and from silk, fabric and leather goods to linocut prints and oil paintings of Scilly. There is also a gallery upstairs, showcasing the work of several other local artists. All work is locally designed and made, so you won't be taking home a souvenir from Hong Kong! Gifts to suit all tastes and purses.Read more »