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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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.Read more »

Seal on fin

Scilly Seal Snorkelling

St. Martin's Mar-Oct

Come to St Martin's for a fabulous, award winning, wildlife experience. Snorkel with the seals and get close to these elegant creatures in their natural environment.  All the equipment you will need is supplied and you don't require any previous experience.   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 »

The Mermaid Inn

St. Mary's All year

Your first port of call on St Mary’s. You will always find real ales flowing in our traditional bar and quality cuisine in our contemporary restaurant and bistro.

Open every day for food and drink.Read more »

The Island Bakery

St. Martin's Apr-Oct

Alongside a selection of artisan breads and rolls, we also have a range of savoury options perfect for a picnic lunch or supper. These include traditional Cornish pasties, pies, tarts and pizzas. For those with a sweet tooth we also have an ever changing selection of homemade cakes. All handmade and freshly prepared on the premises from scratch.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 »

Island Sea Safaris RIB boat trips

Island Sea Safaris

St. Mary's Mar-Nov

Island Sea Safaris operate marine wildlife and RIB safaris around and amongst the islands and rocks of Scilly to see our seals, seabirds- including Puffins, Razorbills and Guillemots (April to July) and visit wreck sites and places of historical interest. If you fancy going on a safari to visit wildlife and wreck sites, our 8m RIB seats 10 and we -Mark and Susie- like to give you a full, friendly and informative commentary with lots of photo opportunities. 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 »

Round Island Crepes at Porthcressa Beach

Round Island Crepes

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

At the Round Island Crepe tricycle you will find a delicious selection of hot, sweet and savoury crepes, cooked to order with a wide variety of fillings. Trading on and around the Porthcressa beach area, lunchtimes and evenings.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 »