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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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 - gifts to suit all tastes and purses.Read more »

Enjoy the view from Juliet's Garden

Juliet's Garden Restaurant and Bar

St. Mary's Mar-Nov

Juliet's Garden is a well established, family run business which was created over 30 years ago on Seaways Farm, overlooking the harbour and seascape. Above Porthloo on St Mary's, its friendly atmosphere and fresh food have made it a great favourite with visitors and locals alike.Read more »

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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 »

Island Rover

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

A gentle ride around the island with a light hearted but informative commentary, stopping at selected viewpoints for photos. 

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Standard Double Bedroom with Cot

Tregarthen's Hotel

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

Tregarthen's Hotel is the premier Isles of Scilly hotel, with the most stunning setting of any hotel on St Mary's. Right by the water's edge, Tregarthen's is just yards away from the quay. 

Our restaurant is the epitome of fine dining and the hotel is also the ultimate venue for your wedding reception, renewal of vows or civil ceremony.Read more »

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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 »

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 »

Carefully packing flowers ready for distribution

Scented Narcissi

St. Mary's All year

Explore our new exhibition of the St Mary’s and St Agnes flower farmers, their history and flower farming at our shed located by St Mary’s Airport. 

Visit the home of Scented Narcissi: The Blue Box Flower Company. We send boxes of beautifully Scented Narcissi grown on the flower farms of St Mary’s and St Agnes.  Hand-picked and lovingly packed with care in midnight blue boxes.  Delivered by courier to you and your friends.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 »

The Sevenstones pub sign

The Seven Stones Inn

St. Martin's All year

Recently refurbished, family run free house, taking pride in serving a good pint with arguably the best pub view in the world. Home to live music, comedy, theatre & film screenings. Lunch & supper served daily.Read more »