Make Merry this May

St Mary's may day

Half term is looming and we’ve lots to keep the kids and their parents happy here on Scilly throughout May and Whitsun week. Here are six reasons why you should head to Scilly this May:

Puffins begin to arrive on Scilly from mid-April and stick around until the middle of July. The month of May marks the starts of their breeding season and numbers peak by the end of the month, making this time of year the best opportunity to feast your eyes. Did you know that puffins live for about 18 years? The puffins return here year and year to raise their chicks. There are regular trips throughout puffin season with St Agnes Boating Wildlife Safaris, St Mary's Boatmen's Association, Island Sea Safaris and the Sea Quest Glass-bottomed Boat.


Low Tide Experience
Come Saturday 27th May, Scilly will enjoy an ultra-low tide and with it, the opportunity to enjoy a legendary Low Tide Experience between the islands of Tresco and Bryher. Walk out to the middle of the channel, usually under several metres of water, and indulge in a glass of fizz, mussels cooked on a fire pit, live acoustic music and perhaps a game of boules. Just for a couple of hours until the water floods in once more!


Scilly Swim Challenge
Not for the faint-hearted this one, but if you’re up for a challenge and you enjoy sea-swimming then this has got your name all over it! A new event for 2017 (and complementing the Scilly Swim Challenge in September), Adventure Scilly leads the swim around six islands of the archipelago in just one day. Exhilarating and exhausting in equal measure. But the sense of achievement beats it all!


Scilly Folk Festival
Whitsun weekend sees the return of the ever popular annual Scilly Folk Festival. A long weekend across the May Bank Holiday of music, song and barn dancing featuring some of the best folk music from Scilly and the South West. Expect Dalla, the Old Town Inn shout, and live sessions at venues across the islands. Bring your instruments, warm up your vocal chords and away you go!


The Crowning of the May Day Queen
A quaint tradition on the Isles of Scilly that goes back generations, May Day takes place this year on Thursday 25th May. Crowds gather at Holgate’s Green on St. Mary’s to watch the children of the Five Islands Primary School “Welcome in the Spring” with traditional songs, dances around the Maypole, and the crowning of the May Queen.


Rock pooling and beach detecting
Strictly speaking, this isn’t restricted to May, but we’re excited to be able to tell you that the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust is hosting a number of wildlife walks and safaris, rock pooling rambles and beachcombing adventures throughout half term week. So head to the beach, roll up your trousers, and turn detective! Learn out our fascinating creatures in our rock pools and investigate the flotsam and jetsam washed up on our shores.