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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Normandy Indoor Swimming Pool, St Mary's

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.scilly.gov.uk/learning-leisure/active-scilly to find out about all the sport and fitness activities that you can add to your holiday on Scilly.Read more »

Isles of Scilly Flowers

St. Mary's All year

Isles of Scilly Flowers offer scented Narcissi and Scilly Show Pinks Flowers from the Scilly Isles, the perfect all year round gifts for family and friends. Our beautiful range of scented Scilly Flowers are freshly picked and posted from our own Family run Scillonain flower farm.

Isles of Scilly Flowers make the perfect gift for every special occasion or person. We carefully hand pick your Scilly Flowers from our finest blooms to ensure the highest quality and perfection - so your Flowers from Scilly are truly spectacular.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 »

Ceramics by Vickie Heaney

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. (see activities page for more details)Read more »

Ruin Beach Cafe Terrace

Ruin Beach Cafe

Tresco All year

The Ruin Beach Café is open all day serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. At the heart of the restaurant – and the menu – is the wood-fired oven that produces delicious pizzas, roasts the succulent beef and fresh fish, as well as baking the bread.  It’s fuelled with island wood, and brings a real flavour of the Mediterranean to the cooking.Read more »

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 »

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 »

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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Plowman's Food Company

St. Mary's All year

Opened in May 2012, Plowman's Food Co. prides itself on providing visitors and locals on the Isles of Scilly with the freshest food and best quality produce.

Our meat is sourced from Cornwall and the Westcountry and from around the Islands when possible. We sell everything from roasting joints, to stewing steaks to handmade burgers for the barbecue.

Our bread is handmade on the premises every morning and our sandwiches, rolls and baguettes are freshly filled. We sell Cornish pasties, sausage rolls, cakes and pastries as well as a variety of Cornish and local produce.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.

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