For the Family

A fun-packed holiday for everyone

A family holiday on Scilly will lay down memories that children will treasure for the rest of their lives. Staying on an island is exciting in itself. Add the adventure of boat trips to other islands, tales of Arthurian legends and endless days collecting shells on idyllic beaches, and they’ll love every minute of their time on Scilly. But if you're looking for a little more inspiration, here are a few ideas:


There are more than 35 sandy beaches spread across the islands. Whether you're after a refreshing swim, serious sand-castle building, rockpooling, shell-seeking or the perfect picnic spot, the beaches around Scilly will delight.

Play parks

On St. Mary’s, there are two play parks and a skate park. On the Garrison, you’ll find the excellent Pirate Ship play park on the edge of the Garrison field where your children can run free. At the far end of Porthcressa Beach, there is also a great little play park, whilst next to the school field in a place called “Nowhere”, children can enjoy the ramps and rails of the St. Mary’s skate park. On Tresco, there's a lovely park next to the school, and on Bryher you'll find one next to the Community Centre.

Snorkel with seals

Get up close and personal with seals on a snorkelling trip. It’s a real thrill to watch these elegant and graceful creatures in their natural habitat. Suitable from age eight. Equipment and wetsuits are provided.

Get wet and go wild

If you are looking for a real buzz on the water, head to the Sailing Centre and try a host of water sports, from sailing and kayaking to windsurfing and kite-surfing. Located on St. Mary's and Tresco, they cater for all ages and abilities, and equipment can be hired from both. And new for the summer of 2015, it is now possible to go coasteering on St. Mary's - minimum age 9. Explore gullies, scramble boulders and try your hand at cliff jumping!

Hire a boat

Hire a small motor craft, a sailing boat or kayak and explore the magical coves and tranquil beaches at your own pace.  You can hire kayaks and boats across all the islands.

Take a sea safari

Regular boat trips and RIB safaris visit the uninhabited islands to watch marine life and tour famous landmarks. You can even see underwater life through a glass-bottomed boat. 

Hire a bike

From easy lanes to more testing trails, bikes (and trailers) are a brilliant way to explore both St. Mary’s and Tresco. 

Gig rowing

Watch these six-oared wooden boats race in the waters off Scilly on Wednesday and Friday evenings throughout the summer months. Spectator boats follow the action. 

Ride a horse

Enjoy the beauty of St. Mary’s on horseback, riding along sandy beaches and through the shallows.

Soft play

If it’s wet and you need a break, take your nippers to Kings of the Castle soft-play zone in Old Town for a run around.  You can relax with coffee and cake; your little ones can wear themselves out!


The Normandy Swimming Pool has many family swimming sessions. Contact Active Scilly for all the details.


You can play tennis on all the islands! On St. Mary's head for Sports Mode in Hugh Town to book the court. On the other islands, check at the local shops.

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Adventure on Scilly with Kernow Coasteering

Coasteer Scilly – with Kernow Coasteering

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St. Mary's Apr-Oct

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.Read more »

View of Tregarthen's Hotel from the water

Tregarthen's Hotel

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St. Mary's Mar-Oct

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. We have inter-connecting rooms and larger rooms that can cater for families, with extra beds and cots.

Our self-catering cottage, Starboard Light, has 3 rooms, sleeping up to 5 people plus room for a cot, is ideal for family holidays on St Mary's.

Our restaurant is great for family dining, with a children's menu available each day.Read more »

Our cart range

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 »

Kings of the Castle soft play area and baby area

Kings of the Castle

St. Mary's All year

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.Read more »

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Scilly Seal Snorkelling

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St. Martin's Mar-Sep

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.  Read more »

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

Chris Hall Photography

St. Mary's All year

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.  Read more »