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 Scilly Folk 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.

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Island Sea Safaris

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Island Sea Safaris operate marine wildlife safaris in their 8m RIB FIREBRAND IV around and amongst the islands and rocks of Scilly to see Grey Atlantic Seals, seabirds including Puffins, Razorbills and Guillemots from April until mid July, and some of the Island's shipwreck sites.  We also visit many places of historical interest on our tours.  The 8 meter rib seats 10 and  Mark and his wife Susie  like to give you a full, friendly and informative commentary during the trip which also has plenty of good photo opportunities.Read more »

Tresco Abbey Garden Agave

Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco All year

The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is  a perennial Kew without the glass - shrugging off salt spray and Atlantic gales to host thousands of exotic plants.

Many of these would stand no chance on the Cornish mainland, less than 30 miles away. Yet even at the winter equinox more than 300 plants will be in flower. All in all, the garden is home to species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.Read more »

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The Scilly Cart Co

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

The Scilly Cart Co is a family owned and run business providing electric vehicles for use across St. Mary’s.  With flexible hiring options and easy to use carts, it’s a great way to discover the many varied and beautiful places on the island.  It is also ideal for people with reduced mobility who wish to explore.Read more »

St Mary's Riding Centre

St. Mary's All year

A warm welcome awaits you at St Mary's Riding Centre, the only horse riding establishment in the Isles of Scilly. Fully licenced, insured and a British Horse Society Approved Trekking Centre and Riding School.Read more »

Isles of Scilly Boat Hire

Bryher All year

The Isles of Scilly Boat Hire Company offers daily hire through to long-term timeshare in their range of boats. From the 16' Orkney motorboat fitted with an electric start and tilt 25hp engine, through to the award winning Powercat 525 catamarans fitted with twin 40 hp electric start and tilt engines, colour GPS chart plotters and VHF radios to the fabulous top of the range 200hp Sealegs Amphibious Rib. The choice is yours and all are available regardless of which island you are staying on. We deliver the boat to you. Please visit our website for full details.Read more »

The Tanglewood Kitchen Company @ The Post Office

Taste of the West Award
St. Mary's All year

Diverse food retail shop @ The Post Office on St Mary's, specialising in award winning homemade ready meals, fresh fish and IOS shellfish, gourmet 'best in town' sandwiches, freshly baked individual quiche daily, American import foods and fine wines. Tanglewood also stocks IOS eggs, vegetables, ales and ice cream. Bespoke catering available.

Now offering our new dine in option, The Tanglewood Table.Read more »

Tresco Abbey Garden Agave

Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco All year

The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is a perennial Kew without the glass - shrugging off salt spray and Atlantic gales to host thousands of exotic plants.

Many of these would stand no chance on the Cornish mainland, less than 30 miles away. Yet even at the winter equinox more than 300 plants will be in flower. All in all, the garden is home to species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.Read more »

Isles of Scilly Golf Club

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 »

Chandlers

Bryher Apr-Dec

Chandlers Gift Shop, located at Bryher Boatyard, selling gift items, fishing supplies, pirate treasure and all things nautical. Read more »

Crab Shack

Crab Shack

Bryher May-Sep

Serving a simple but beautiful menu of Bryher crab, mussels and scallops served in Portuguese cataplanas in a relaxed, informal atomosphere. Open in the evenings between May and September, we recommend booking early to avoid dissappointment.Read more »