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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Locally grown tomatoes

A special Taste of Scilly Produce Market

St. Mary's

Friday 9th September 

Porthcressa Beach Promenade & Town Hall

Come, peruse, taste and purchase a wealth of wonderful island produce, all grown, created and produced across the Isles of Scilly. This local produce market will take place along the promenade on Porthcressa Beach and in the Town Hall and all Scilly-based producers have been invited along to showcase their wares.Read more »

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 »

Foraging for lunch

Karma St Martin’s Low Tide Gourmet Seafood Lunch

St. Martin's

Saturday 3rd September

Meet at Karma St. Martin’s

Join renowned foraging expert, Rachel Lambert, on a seaweed foraging walk at Lower Town St Martin’s and then head to the Karma for a special gourmet seafood lunch served up with Island Bakery bread, St. Martin’s Vineyard Wines and locally-grown island vegetables.Read more »

The Atlantic Inn

St. Mary's All year

A charming pub located on the harbour in the heart of St Mary's, one of St Austell Brewery's finest. Interiors ooze character and enticing menus have an emphasis on local produce - sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery with a fine ale.Read more »

Bryher Boat Hire

Bryher Mar-Oct

Explore the tranquil waters between Bryher, Tresco, Samson and St Martin’s at your own pace.  Hire your own boat, kayak or paddleboard and visit uninhabited shores, fish from your boat, take a picnic or moor up and explore.  The possibilities are endless and with a safety boat doing regular patrols and staff always ready to lend a hand if you’re at all unsure, this really is and option available to all.Read more »

Dining at Tregarthen's Hotel

Tregarthen's Hotel

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. 

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 »

St Martin's wines in basket

St Martin's Vineyard, Winery and Visitor Centre

St. Martin's Mar-Oct

Wines for Christmas --- We have a selection of our 2014 vintage available: 

Crisp Seyval Blanc to go with your seafood starters

St.Martin's Reserve  - a fruity dry white for the main course

Seigerebbe  - aromatic and smooth to accompany your desert or as an aperitif

And a dry Rose for something completely different.Read more »

Strawberries

St. Mary’s Harvest Festival Service

St. Mary's

Sunday 18th September 

St. Mary’s Methodist Church, Church St, St. Mary’s.

This year both the Anglican and Methodist churches join together to celebrate the Harvest Festival.  Everyone welcome.Read more »

Scilly wedding bands

Fay Page

St. Martin's All year

Jewellery for your wedding made in ScillyRead more »

St Agnes Boating Wildlife Safaris

St. Agnes Apr-Sep

St Agnes Boating is working with the Seabird Recovery Project and the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to promote the island’s wildlife. Every Wednesday we have a Wildlife Trust Ranger onboard who is our guide. The Spirit travels to Annet, the protected island where the seabirds nest and then onto the Western Rocks towards the Bishop Rock Lighthouse every Wednesday afternoon. Puffins, Manx Shearwaters and other nesting seabirds should be seen from April to July.  Come along to find out why our customers say this trip is exciting, educational, informative and fun! Read more »