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.


For the Family

Scilly St Mary's Porthcressa play park

Arts & Culture

Scilly Bryher artist

Wet Days

Food & Drink

Day Trip to Scilly

Events & Festivals

Bird & Wildlife Watching

Getting Married


Tours & Excursions

Walking & Cycling

Water Activities

Scilly windsurf kite surf sailing centre

Horse Riding & Golf

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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 »

Bryher Boat Hire

Bryher Mar-Oct

Explore the tranquil waters between Bryher, Tresco, Samson and St Martin’s at your own pace.  Hire your own boat, kayak or paddleboard and visit uninhabited shores, fish from your boat, take a picnic or moor up and explore.  The possibilities are endless and with a safety boat doing regular patrols and staff always ready to lend a hand if you’re at all unsure, this really is and option available to all.Read more »

Salakee duck

Salakee Farm tour

St. Mary's

Wednesday 14th September 

Salakee Farm, St. Mary’s

Just three years ago, Kylie and Dave, two Scilly farmers began to live their dream and started rearing happy ducks at Salakee Farm. It’s been a quacking success, supplying several restaurants and shops. They also sell direct from the farm. Join them on a tour of Salakee Farm, meet the free-range Salakee ducks and enjoy a duck taster.Read more »

The Isles of Scilly Golf Club

St. Mary's All year

The most south westerly course in England, its beauty is unique and must be seen if visiting St Mary's.

We are open all year, to members and non-members for golf and our welcoming clubhouse for refreshing drinks, fresh home-cooked food and a large balcony to take in some of the best panoramic views of the Islands.Read more »

Pretty reef

St Martin's Dive School

St. Martin's Mar-Oct

Scilly is renowned for its clear water and abundant marine life and we can provide diving opportunities for all levels of experience. All your equipment can be supplied.Read more »


The Flying Boat Restaurant Local Produce Nights


Throughout September

Flying Boat Restaurant, Tresco

Every Friday and Saturday night the chefs at The Flying Boat Restaurant put their heads together and devise a special menu using the finest seasonal local produce from across the islands.Read more »


Hedgerow Harvest Competition

St. Martin's

Saturday 24th September

Seven Stones Inn, Lower Town St. Martin’s

Do a spot of foraging in Scilly’s hedgerows, down on the beach, and through the fields and come up with a suitable “Hedgerow Harvest”. Bring your delights to the Seven Stones Inn at 12 noon and invite guests at the pub to judge your creation(s) for originality, taste and look!  Emily will declare the winner who will get a prize for their efforts – and you never know, your recipe could go down in history as Scilly’s first ever Hedgerow Harvest winner! Read more »

Low Tide Experience


Sunday 18th September

On the sandbar between Tresco & Bryher

A show-stopper of a day! On this day, lunar forces create a dramatic Spring Tide, leaving the channel between Tresco and Bryher dry enough to cross between the islands on foot.  Part way across is a long sandbar, usually under 5 metres of water, which will become the site of the mid-channel Low Tide Event.Read more »

Churchtown Farm Walk

St. Martin's

Tuesday 6th September

Churchtown Farm (Scilly Flowers), Higher Town, St. Martin’sRead more »

Troytown Ice cream cones

Troytown Farm Tour

St. Agnes

Wednesday 7th September
Wednesday 21st September

Meet on St. Agnes Quay

Today, it’s the turn of the dairy cattle, as we invite you to tour Troytown Farm on St. Agnes, England’s most south-westerly farm, and arguably the smallest one in the country with just 9 Jersey cows!Read more »