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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Lobster

The Flying Boat Restaurant Local Produce Nights

Tresco

Throughout September

Flying Boat Restaurant, Tresco

Every Friday and Saturday night the chefs at The Flying Boat Restaurant put their heads together and devise a special menu using the finest seasonal local produce from across the islands.Read more »

The Pit Canteen

Fisherman’s Supper at The Pit

St. Mary's

Saturday 3rd September 
Saturday 10th September 
Saturday 17th September

The Pit Canteen, The Strand, St. Mary’s

A special Taste of Scilly menu of only Scillonian line-caught fish will be served up for the first three Saturday evenings in September at The Pit Canteen on the Strand, St. Mary’s. The catches of the day will vary, but all will be presented with locally-grown island accompaniments. BYO; corkage applies.  Supper served between 6pm and 9pm. Read more »

Sea swimming on the Isles of Scilly

Adventure Scilly

St. Mary's All year

New for 2016!

Swim holidays

Yoga retreatsRead more »

view of Phoenix Studios

Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's All year

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 send goods out by first class post.Read more »

Yoga Scilly

Adventure Scilly

St. Mary's All year

Bryony offers flowing, uplifting yoga sessions; Nick is an experienced swim guide. Both Nick & Bryony are from Scilly and have extensive knowledge of swim spots and trail running routes across the islands, and can advise you on the best way to take an active holiday that will leave you feeling fully immersed in the beauty and nature of the islands. Read more »

One of Peter M. Smith's paintings

Porthloo Studios / Workshops

St. Mary's All year

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.Read more »

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

Visit Isles of Scilly Merchandise

St. Mary's All year

Buy new and exclusively-designed Visit Isles of Scilly merchandise. Jute bags. mugs, tea towels and marble fridge magnets. Items from £3.50. P&P free for orders over £25. Please call for details: 01720 424031 or  01720 424036Read 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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Blockhouse

Sundowners at Blockhouse

Tresco

Friday 16th Septemeber

Old Blockhouse, Tresco

Tresco's historic Old Blockhouse was built in the 16th century to protect Old Grimsby Harbour and saw action in the late stages of the Civil War, when Parliamentarians attacked the Royalist garrison. Today, the battlements stand silent but the panoramic views out across St Martin's and the Eastern Isles - which made the castle so successful as a fortification - remain.Read more »

Scilly lobster

Lobster lunches at Holy Vale Vineyard

St. Mary's

Come and enjoy Scillonian lunches at Holy Vale Vineyard.Read more »