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.

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Tregarthen's Hotel

St. Mary's All year

Tregarthen's Hotel is the premier Isles of Scilly hotel, with the most stunning setting of any hotel on St Mary's. Right by the water's edge, Tregarthen's is just yards away from the quay. 

Our restaurant is the epitome of fine dining and the hotel is also the ultimate venue for your wedding reception, renewal of vows or civil ceremony.Read more »

Local St Martin's wines

St Martin's Vineyard, Winery and Visitor Centre

St. Martin's Mar-Oct

Come and see a working vineyard in action. Enjoy an informative tour and sample our unique selection of fine wines - or simply pop by the visitor centre and shop at your leisure. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (10.45am - 4.00pm) by appointment or when the gate is open!

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Isles of Scilly Museum

Isles of Scilly Museum

St. Mary's All year

Exhibits of local interest from pre-history to the present day: the Romano-British brooches and coins from Nornour; the Bryher Sword and Mirror; the Civil War in Scilly; finds from many shipwrecks; model boats; collections of birds, shells and clay pipes; an old Scillonian kitchen and much, much more.Read more »

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Scilly’s Iron Cupcake Challenge!

St. Mary's

Sunday 11th September

The Dairy Café, St. Mary’s

Love baking or eating cakes? Then rise up and put your baking or tasting skills to the test for the “Iron Cupcake Scilly Challenge” – the ultimate Cup Cake competition hosted by The Dairy Café, in aid of the RNLI. We're looking for Bakers & Tasters - everybody's welcome.Read more »

The Clubhouse Bar/Restaurant (Golf Club)

St. Mary's All year

We are a relaxed and informal Golf Club open to everyone, with a bowling green, bar and restaurant. Outside seating with the best views across St Mary’s harbour, Samson, Bryher and Tresco.Read more »

Abbey Gardens archway

The Garden Popup Event


Wednesday 7th Septemeber

The Abbey Gardens, Tresco

The Abbey Garden closes at 4pm every afternoon and, at dusk, is the private garden of the Dorrien-Smith family. Occasionally, though, we are allowed to throw open the gates and welcome guests for a special, after hours tour with the Curator and Head Gardener. Discover the peace and tranquillity of the garden in the evening, glean horticultural hints and tips from our gardeners and learn about the history of the Abbey Garden, Tresco and the Dorrien-Smith family.Read more »

Kaffeehaus Salbei

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

The Kaffeehaus is Isles of Scilly Country Guest House's own onsite and unique cafe. It was established in 2003 and specialises in Bavarian delicacies such as Apfelstrudel and fresh German Bread. As well as providing delicious homemade cakes and classic lunchtime dishes, we are licensed to sell alcohol.Read more »

Food festival

Tresco & Bryher Food Festival


Saturday 17th September 

Smith Square by Tresco Stores

We will have local producers from across Tresco, Bryher and the wider Isles of Scilly, with everything on sale produced, reared, grown or caught on or around the islands. As well as a wide selection of stalls we will also have demonstrations and talks throughout the day, including a fish filleting demo with Mark Pender from Island Fish and a wine tasting session with St Martin’s Vineyard.Read more »

Sea urchin pendant

Fay Page – Open Studio

St. Martin's All year

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 cabinets have even been made out of the timbers from an old boat.Read more »

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 »