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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View of Tregarthen's Hotel from the water

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. We have inter-connecting rooms and larger rooms that can cater for families, with extra beds and cots.

Our self-catering cottage, Starboard Light, has 3 rooms, sleeping up to 5 people plus room for a cot, is ideal for family holidays on St Mary's.

Our restaurant is great for family dining, with a children's menu available each day.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 »

Scented Narcissi - Courier delivered flowers throughout the UK

St. Mary's All year

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.  Deliver a little bit of Scilly by courier to you and your friends.Read more »

Pretty reef

St Martin's Dive School

St. Martin's Mar-Oct

Scilly is renowned for its clear water and abundant marine life and we can provide diving opportunities for all levels of experience. All your equipment can be supplied.Read more »

Dinner and a view

Wine matching evening at Karma

St. Martin's

Friday 30th September

Karma, St Martin's

Come to Karma St. Martin’s for an evening with St Martin's Vineyard owner Graham Thomas pairing up local wines with the local and fresh produce to draw a close to the Taste Of Scilly festival in September.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 »

Flying Boat Club Restaurant Balcony

Flying Boat Restaurant

Tresco Feb-Nov

Situated above the beach at New Grimsby you can enjoy breathtaking views over to Bryher and along the Tresco Channel. It is the perfect location to watch the sunset in the evening. The Flying Boat Cafe is open during the day offering drinks, snacks and light lunches and the restaurant is also open for dinner three evenings a week, with seafood and fresh fish at the heart of the menu. Evening reservations are advisable and a children's menu is available.Read more »

Book a Bike on Scilly

St. Mary's All year

Cycle around St Mary's in just a few hours and take in the stunning views from every point of the island.

We will drop off and pick up cycles from your accommodation FREE OF CHARGE to save you time, so sit back and enjoy your holiday on the Isles of Scilly with BOOK A BIKE.

COMING FOR A DAY TRIP?

We can deliver to the airport or the quay.

Hire and delivery also available to the off islands on request (St Martin's, St Agnes, Tresco and Bryher).Read more »

Crab for dinner

Crab Shack

Bryher

Thursday 1st September
Tuesday 6th September
Thursday 8th September
Monday 12th Septemeber
Tuesday 13th Septemeber

The Crab Shack, Bryher

Pop-up restaurant at the Hell Bay Hotel serving a simple but beautiful menu of Bryher crab, mussels and scallops served in Portuguese cataplanas in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. 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 'Champion Product 2015' individual quiche daily, American import foods and fine wines. Tanglewood also stocks IOS eggs, vegetables, ales and ice cream. Bespoke catering available.Read more »