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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Kings of the Castle soft play area and baby area

Kings of the Castle

St. Mary's All year

Kings of the Castle is an all weather indoor play and party venue, with a multi level soft play frame, a separate ball pool, a dedicated baby and toddler area and a cafe. All areas have age appropriate equipment children to explore the area at their own pace whilst you sit and relax. Appropriate for children aged 8 and under.Read more »

North Farm Gallery

St. Martin's All year

North Farm Gallery is set in a charming converted barn on St Martin’s. Showcasing the work of all the island's artists, the Gallery houses a stunning collection of paintings, prints, jewellery, pottery and crafts, along with locally produced gifts, cards and books. Open from 10am – 5pm every day from April to October.Read more »

St Mary's Bike Shop

St Mary's Bike Hire

St. Mary's Jan-Dec

The place to hire your bicycle on St Mary’s. Pedal power for all the family. Bikes for all ages and sizes. Full repair and back up service. Follow the big yellow map and see St Mary’s at its best.Read more »

Troytown Farm Shop

St. Agnes All year

Troytown Farm is the only dairy farm in Scilly. Milking 9 dairy cows, it might also be the smallest in the country. Farming on a small scale works for us, as we process the milk in our little dairy and make very special ice cream, clotted cream, butter and yogurt to sell direct to our customers from our farm shop.

Recommended by Cool Places.Read more »

Welcome to Holy Vale Vineyard!

Holy Vale Vineyard & Winery Incorporating Holy Vale Wines

St. Mary's All year

Situated in the tranquil and beautiful Holy Vale on the Nature Trail at the heart of St. Mary’s, the Vineyard and Winery is a must visit location during your stay on St Mary’s. 

Open daily 12.30 – 16.30 for tasting, ‘The story of Wine Exhibition’, Cellar Door Shop and refreshments, including Robert's Wine and Lobster Plate £20. 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 »

Picture of Island Sea Safaris RIB boat Firebrand IV

Island Sea Safaris

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Island Sea Safaris operate marine wildlife safaris in their RIB FIREBRAND IV around and amongst the islands and rocks of Scilly to see Grey Atlantic seals and numerous seabirds including Puffins, Razorbills, Guillemots, Shearwares, Fulmars, Cormorants,Shags,Gannets and various Gulls from April to mid July, and visit some the Islands shipwreck sites and places of historical interest.The 8m RIB seats 10 passengers. Mark and his wife Susie like to give you a full, friendly and informative commentary during the trip which also has lots of good photo opportunities. 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 »

Group meal on Mincarlo terrace

Mincarlo activity breaks

St. Mary's All year

Mincarlo is the perfect location for an activity or special interest holiday on Scilly, whether you want to join an established group holiday (see listings below) or to bring your own group. Comfortable accommodation for 18 guests. Also suitable for large family groups celebrating weddings, birthdays or special anniversaries. Read more »

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The Atlantic Inn

St. Mary's All year

A charming pub located on the harbour in the heart of St Mary's, one of St Austell Brewery's finest. Interiors ooze character and enticing menus have an emphasis on local produce - sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery with a fine ale.Read more »