Creative Ways to Experience Walk Scilly

Our Walk Scilly Long Weekend is now in its fifth year and this year, for the first time, we’re introducing some experiential creative walks led by environmental “walking artists”.

Already, we like to think that Walk Scilly allows visitors to get to the very heart of the islands – and islanders – as they are expertly guided around our remote landscapes, but our new series of sensory walks and workshops will deliver an even greater immersive experience of our little archipelago, enabling Scilly-philes an even more intimate level of engagement of our special islands.

So out with your sensory feelers and we’ll tell you more of what’s in store…

First up is the botanical artist Bee Watson who, together with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, will lead two flower walks and creative workshops – one at Old Town on St. Mary’s on Friday 12th October and one at Tresco Abbey Garden on Saturday 13th. Walkers will be out and about discovering up close Scilly’s unique natural foliage and autumnal flowers – sketching and photographing their wonderful features before heading off to create some beautiful paper flower sculptures and an exquisite and authentic keepsake. Even those walkers who might question their creative abilities will love this experience and what’s more, have something very special to take home and remember Scilly by!

If an aural experience is more your thing, then sign up to one of the “Sound ecology” walks – and listen in on Scilly’s magnificent sonic underworld! With various technological techniques including underwater hydrophones at your fingertips and guided by expert sound expert, Laura Denning, you’ll soon be experiencing Scilly’s natural shorelines and wonderful landscapes in a whole new light (and sound)!  These walks – on Bryher on Saturday 13th and St. Mary's on Sunday 14th, will enable you to hone your listening skills and recognise that our natural environment offers up so much more than what we see before our eyes.

And, if that’s not enough to burst your senses defences, then make sure you look out for an extra-special sand installation by acclaimed Cornish artist, Tony Plant.  Somewhere, sometime over the Walk Scilly Long Weekend, you can go and watch Tony at work as he creates a spectacular sand painting which will exist only as long as the tide allows. You’ll be directed there by Tony (who will share his plans at the Walk Scilly launch party on Thursday 11th October) via a wonderful coastal walk – the route determined as the tide times, weather and wind direction dictate! 

Follow the link to our dedicated Walk Scilly page for more details about these and all the walks you can enjoy during the Walk Scilly Long Weekend and how to book, telephone 01720 620601 or email events@visitislesofscilly.com.

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