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.
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.
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.
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.