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.activescilly.co.uk to find out about all the sport and fitness activities that you can add to your holiday on Scilly.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 »

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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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 »

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 »

Atlantic grey seal

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 »

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 »

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 »

The cafe at Tresco Abbey Gardens Visitor Centre

Tresco Garden Visitors Centre & Cafe

Tresco Mar-Oct

The Visitor Centre on Tresco is situated at the entrance to the world famous Abbey Garden. Along with a history room and a wonderful gift shop you will find the bright and welcoming cafe where light lunches and delicious cakes are on offer. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, ice-creams and snacks. There is plenty of indoor seating or enjoy the colourful cafe garden where you can keep an eye out for our beautiful red squirrels.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 »