Things to do

Make the most of Scilly

Scilly is well known for its simple pleasures and relaxed pace of life. Visitors love the scenery, the peace, the tranquillity. There’s plenty of reason of kick back, relax and do very little, but plenty to enjoy too. Get out about on island walks, have fun on the water, check out the fantastic wildlife, hop from island to island, breathe in the exquisite flora, visit artists and galleries, and immerse yourself in our history and heritage.

Find out more here, or if you’re on island, visit the Tourist Information Centre on Porthcressa Beach for the low-down. Pop in or follow @scillyTIC to keep up to date with the weekly What's On, available throughout the season.

Scilly pre school children walking

Scilly: the perfect pre-schooler's paradise

Do you have toddlers or young children at home and need a holiday but want to keep it simple and stress-free?

Then look no further than the Isles of Scilly, a fantastic natural playground for pre-schoolers and young children just off the coast of Cornwall that will ensure you, too, get the holiday you deserve. 

The best thing about Scilly with kids, speaking as someone who first came to the islands nearly 10 years ago with a

Steve Sherris painting in the water on Scilly

Great Galleries to visit on Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are a magnet for artists and creative souls. They’re lured to the islands by the rich intensity of light and its ever-changing effect on seascapes and landscapes. Each island has galleries to browse and enjoy; each has artists working in a variety of media – from oil, watercolours, jewellery making and beachcombed shells, felting and weaving to exquisite stained glass, fired earthenware, and screen printing.

Here’s our pick of the

Wall of jewel anemones

St Martin's Dive School

St. Martin's

Scilly is renowned for its clear water and abundant marine life and we can provide diving opportunities for those with a diving qualification and their equipment.  We can provide cylinders and weights. 

No mater how small or large your wedding beautiful photography is essential.

Chris Hall Photography

St. Mary's

Chris Hall Photography is a professional photography company located on St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly.  We offer high quality, contemporary and creative images and excellent service.  

Scilly St Martin's Great Bay View

A beach to yourself this summer

If you’re in the market for a long white sandy beach this summer, uncluttered with people, and distractions amounting only to the stunning natural surroundings, then the Isles of Scilly is the place for you.

With shallow turquoise water and pale, fine sand, Scilly’s beaches are simply magnificent - beautiful enough to rival any in the world, yet just across a small stretch of water from Cornwall. There are more than 35 such examples spread across

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's

Scilly has a fascinating historical past and it's easy to explore ~ just take a walk, a cycle, a buggy ride or one of the tours available!  Whether you're after Bronze Age or Iron Age Monuments, something from the 16th or 18th Centuries or even something from more recent history, then Scilly has lots to offer!

Sea urchin pendant

Fay Page – Open Studio

St. Martin's

We make jewellery that is worn across Scilly, the UK and beyond.

It all started twelve years ago with a silver shell range and we’ve grown each year and now have several ranges including fish, flowers, seeds and Scilly cowbells. We do lots of commission work from wedding and engagement rings to personalised pieces.

Our studio is a truly Scilly affair with lots of reclaimed island materials and local art being used in the design – the

Toots Taxis

Toots Taxi

St. Mary's

If you are coming to the islands to get married, or if you are resident on the islands, Toots Taxi is available for hire for your special day.  Give us a call, or send us an email, to let us know your requirements and we will do our utmost to accommodate your wishes.

Scilly Flowers

St. Martin's

Scilly Flowers based at Churchtown Farm on St Martin’s is Scilly’s postal flower service. We send gift boxes of scented flowers to any UK address all year round.  In the winter we grow and send Scented Narcissi and in the summer, Scented Pinks.  If you are on St Martin’s, pop into the farm and see what we do.

Cut Loose hair salon

St. Mary's

Cut Loose hair salon has been established for eight years and consists of three well experienced hair stylists. We cover all ladies and gents hairdressing including bridal work.

view of Phoenix Studios

Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's

The Phoenix Craft Studios are open all year, so even when you can't visit in person, we can still send our individually hand crafted items across to you at home. If you want a gift for someone special for a birthday or anniversary, why not browse the websites of the various artists below and ring the studio for a chat about your requirements on 01720 422962. We can take card payments by phone and

Atlantic grey seal

Scilly Seal Snorkelling

St. Martin's

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.  

Islands' tranquililty

Great reasons to visit Scilly in 2018

Need an excuse to get away to the islands in 2018? Here are our top 10 events and festivals taking place this year, giving you every good reason to put the Isles of Scilly on your holiday calendar.

  1. Walk Scilly 4th - 14th April
  2. World Pilot Gig Championships 4th - 6th May
  3. Spring Scilly Swim Challenge 12th May
  4. Art Scilly Week 12th May – 18th May (TBC)
  5. Scilly Folk Festival 24th - 29th May
  6. Ötillö
St Martin's wines in basket

St Martin's Vineyard, Winery and Visitor Centre

St. Martin's

Wines for Christmas --- We have a selection of our 2014 vintage available: 

Crisp Seyval Blanc to go with your seafood starters

St.Martin's Reserve  - a fruity dry white for the main course

Seigerebbe  - aromatic and smooth to accompany your desert or as an aperitif

And a dry Rose for something completely different.

Narcissi

Isles of Scilly Flowers

St. Mary's

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