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: 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

Scilly St Mary's phoenix craft workshop

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

Kings of the Castle soft play area and baby area

Kings of the Castle

St. Mary's

Kings of the Castle is an all weather indoor play and party venue, with a multi level soft play frame, a separate ball pool, a dedicated baby and toddler area and a cafe. All areas have age appropriate equipment children to explore the area at their own pace whilst you sit and relax. Appropriate for children aged 8 and under.

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!

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.

Bathinghouse Porth Morning Tresco

Stephen Morris at Glandore Gallery

St. Mary's

Located within their home at Porthloo, Glandore Gallery is a small, friendly, beachside gallery run by local artist, Stephen Morris, and his wife, Lois. Stephen paints exclusively ‘en plein air’ in watercolour and, more recently, inks, with a colourful and distinctive signature style. His cards and giclee prints are also available along with those of his late aunt, Nan Heath.

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

Scilly St Martin's narcissi flower bunch

Flower Farming on Scilly

When summer visitors are enjoying beaches, sunny walks and ice-cream, it is quite a leap of imagination to think of Scilly during the winter months. Often I am asked what it’s like to live on Scilly in the winter, and I’m met by genuine surprise when I answer, “We are really busy”.

For the islands’ flower farmers, the season starts in October when the first of the scented narcissi are picked and we work,

Field of narcissi at Scented Narcissi

Scented Narcissi

St. Mary's

Explore our new exhibition of the St Mary’s and St Agnes flower farmers, their history and flower farming at our shed located by St Mary’s Airport. 

Visit the home of Scented Narcissi: The Blue Box Flower Company. We send boxes of beautifully Scented Narcissi grown on the flower farms of St Mary’s and St Agnes.  Hand-picked and lovingly packed with care in midnight blue boxes.  Delivered by courier to you and your friends.

One of Peter M. Smith's paintings

Porthloo Studios / Workshops

St. Mary's

Porthloo Studios / Workshops are a group of friendly artists and craftspeople based in a converted barn on the coastal footpath 10 minutes walk from the outskirts of Hugh Town - signposted from Porthmellon.

Isles of Scilly Official Tea towels £7.50; mugs £8.50

Visit Isles of Scilly Merchandise

St. Mary's

Buy new and exclusively designed Visit Isles of Scilly merchandise. Jute bags. mugs, tea towels and marble fridge magnets. Items from £4.00 P&P free for orders over £25. Please call for details: 01720 424031

A plate of foraged goodies at Karma

Wild Forage & Sunday Feast

St. Martin's

Sunday 15th October

Enjoy a fun day out on St. Martin's foraging for fruits, spices and seeds, before sitting down to a Foraged Sunday Feast at Karma St. Martin's.

Coasteering Cornwall, Scilly Isles, St. Ives, Newquay

Coasteer Scilly – with Kernow Coasteering

St. Mary's

Coasteering on the Isles of Scilly has arrived! Brought to you by Kernow Coasteering, one of Cornwall’s foremost coasteering providers, Don’t miss your chance to experience the stunning golden granite coastline of Scilly in an epic costal adventure you’ll never forget.

Will Wagstaff 1

Island Wildlife Tours

St. Mary's

Discover the natural beauty of the Isles of Scilly with Will Wagstaff, resident ornithologist and naturalist.  Watch the passage of migrant birds; learn about the interesting local history and beautiful flora and fauna as you take a relaxed walk along the Islands' coasts and trails. Will visits each of the inhabited islands weekly, weather and tides permitting.

Puffin

Sea Quest Glass Bottom Boat

St. Mary's

A 12 seater launch with a glass bottom specialising in wildlife and history tours.