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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Carefully packing flowers ready for distribution

Scented Narcissi

St. Mary's All year

Explore our new exhibition of the St Mary’s and St Agnes flower farmers, their history and flower farming at our shed located by St Mary’s Airport. 

Visit the home of Scented Narcissi: The Blue Box Flower Company. We send boxes of beautifully Scented Narcissi grown on the flower farms of St Mary’s and St Agnes.  Hand-picked and lovingly packed with care in midnight blue boxes.  Delivered by courier to you and your friends.Read more »

Picture of Island Sea Safaris RIB boat Firebrand IV

Island Sea Safaris

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Island Sea Safaris operate marine wildlife safaris in their RIB FIREBRAND IV around and amongst the islands and rocks of Scilly to see Grey Atlantic seals and numerous seabirds including Puffins, Razorbills, Guillemots, Shearwares, Fulmars, Cormorants,Shags,Gannets and various Gulls from April to mid July, and visit some the Islands shipwreck sites and places of historical interest.The 8m RIB seats 10 passengers. Mark and his wife Susie like to give you a full, friendly and informative commentary during the trip which also has lots of good photo opportunities. Read more »

Wine tasting at St. Martin’s Vineyard

St. Martin's

Wednesday 7th September

St. Martin’s Vineyard, Higher Town

Join Val and Graham Thomas who this year are celebrating 20 years of operations atSt. Martin’s Vineyard. Enjoy a special tour the vines in the tunnels and the field, view the winery where the wine is distilled and bottled, and discover how the unique flavours of the wines are influenced by the black granite soil, the pure sea air and above average annual hours of sunshine. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Barney baking

Make your own St. Martin’s pasty

St. Martin's

Thursday 8th September 

Island Bakery, Higher Town, St. Martin’s

Love your pasties and want to learn how to make your own? Barney McLachlan, owner and baker at the Island Bakery will show you how!  All ingredients provided – get some expert tuition and enjoy the outcome…Read more »

Quintessential Cream Teas

St. Agnes

Friday 2nd September
Friday 9th September
Friday 16th September
Friday 23rd September

Covean Café, St. Agnes

Come and enjoy a taster plate of delicious island-made scones – some traditional, some a little different, but all made with fresh farm ingredients and served up with Troytown Clotted Cream. Which flavours will be your favourite? All handmade on the premises by Rosie.Read more »