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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Lino print by Vickie Heaney

Phoenix Craft Workshops

St. Mary's All year

A co-operative of seven local artist and craftspeople working on the little Business Park at Porthmellon. Work includes paintings, printmaking, leather work, stained & fused glass, jewellery and fabric painting and printing. There is a gallery of work by more local artists upstairs. Computer and printer available for public use, or free WiFi if you have your own phone or tablet. Classes for children & adults are also available. (see activities page for more details)Read more »

Wildlife Safari with St Agnes Boating ~ © BareFoot Photographer

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's All year

Scilly's Wildlife is varied and everchanging; from the resident Scilly Shrew and Atlantic Grey Seals to the migratory swallows and puffins.  Whatever you're searching for why not join one of our team on a Wildlife excursion or guided walk and discover Scilly's wild side.Read more »

North Farm Gallery

St. Martin's All year

North Farm Gallery is set in a charming converted barn on St Martin’s. Showcasing the work of our local artists, the Gallery houses a stunning collection of paintings, prints, jewellery, pottery and crafts, along with locally produced gifts, cards and books. Open from 10am – 5pm every day from mid-March to October.  Reduced opening from November - March depending on demand and the weather!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 »

Creative Sketchbook Workshop

St. Mary's

Monday 9th,Monday 16th & Monday 23rd May

Erica Swain shows students how to make their own sketchbooks and then start to decorate the pages using methods such as collage and printing techniques. The book could be used for making notes/sketches for any other sessions you choose to attend during Festival.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 »

The Sailing Centre

St. Mary's Apr-Sep

RYA & AALA licensed watersports centre offering instruction, hire & sales in windsurfing, sailing, powerboating & kayaking. Centres on St. Mary's & Tresco.Read more »

The cafe at Tresco Abbey Gardens Visitor Centre

Tresco Garden Visitors Centre & Cafe

Tresco Mar-Oct

The Visitor Centre on Tresco is situated at the entrance to the world famous Abbey Garden. Along with a history room and a wonderful gift shop you will find the bright and welcoming cafe where light lunches and delicious cakes are on offer. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, ice-creams and snacks. There is plenty of indoor seating or enjoy the colourful cafe garden where you can keep an eye out for our beautiful red squirrels.Read more »

Scilly Folk Festival

St. Mary's

Thursday 26th - Monday 30th May

All the sessions in the pubs are free and anyone wishing to join in please come along with your instruments or just your voice and join in, or just come along and listen to amazing music!Read more »

The Tanglewood Kitchen Company @ The Post Office

Taste of the West Award
St. Mary's All year

Diverse food retail shop @ The Post Office on St Mary's, specialising in award winning homemade ready meals, fresh fish and IOS shellfish, gourmet 'best in town' sandwiches, freshly baked individual quiche daily, American import foods and fine wines. Tanglewood also stocks IOS eggs, vegetables, ales and ice cream. Bespoke catering available.Read more »