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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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 »

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/shop at your leisure. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (11.00am - 4.00pm) by appointment or when the gate is open!Read more »

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Taste of Scilly Quiz Night

St. Mary's

Wednesday 7th September
Wednesday 28th September

Atlantic Inn

Pit your wits against sensational quiz mistress, Beth Hilton and take part in the Taste of Scilly Quiz Night!  (Just half the quiz questions will be food related.)  A fun night with friends, not to be missed.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 »

Salakee Farm Duck

St. Mary's All year

Free range, island reared, Salakee Duck.

We raise our ducks in small batches. During the day the ducks have plenty of space to waddle and roam free. At night they flat foot it back into their cosy shed to stay safe and warm.Read more »

Cider Festival, Old Town Inn

St. Mary's

Saturday 3rd September
Sunday 4th September

Old Town Inn, St Marys

The Old Town Inn is a free house serving more than 30 ciders – on tap and bottled – and this weekend they’ll be hosting a special cider festival. Make use of the 1/3 pint “cider sliders”, seek out specials and mark up your favourites on a special Taste of Scilly cider score card. Enjoy scrummy, locally source lunchtime and evening meals too, or simply sit and relax in the special cider garden.Read more »


Sundowners at Blockhouse


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 »

Kings of the Castle soft play area and baby area

Kings of the Castle

St. Mary's All year

Kings of the Castle is an all weather indoor play and party venue, with a multi level soft play frame, a separate ball pool, a dedicated baby and toddler area and a cafe. All areas have age appropriate equipment children to explore the area at their own pace whilst you sit and relax. Appropriate for children aged 8 and under.Read more »

The Tanglewood table

The Tanglewood Table: a wine and dine evening

St. Mary's

Thursday 1st September 
Wednesday 14th September
Friday 23rd September 
Tuesday 27th September

Tanglewood Table at Tanglewood Kitchen, Hugh Street, St Mary’s

Enjoy an intimate Taste of Scilly four-course menu, matched with wines. Maximum of eight people, so book the whole table or come as a couple and share the experience.Read more »

TroyTown Maze ~ St Agnes  © BareFoot Photographer

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's All year

Scilly has a fascinating historical past and it's easy to explore ~ just take a walk, a cycle, a buggy ride or one of the tours available!  Whether you're after Bronze Age or Iron Age Monuments, something from the 16th or 18th Centuries or even something from more recent history, then Scilly has lots to offer!Read more »