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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Acrylic Workshop Day

St. Mary's

Friday 20th – Monday 23rd May

The day with Liz Bray will be organised into two parts. In the morning you will explore painting techniques, mark making, layering and how to put movement and texture into your painting to increase your perspectives in your creative process. In the afternoon you will be putting these ideas into practice to create your own personal interpretation of landscape and place.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 »

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 »

Become a Member

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's All year

Stuck for gift ideas?  

When you don't know what to get a loved one for their Birthday or Christmas why not gift them Membership to the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust?  This is the perfect gift for Scilly-lovers everywhere!  By supporting the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust you help to ensure that management and conservation work continues and our beautiful islands are looked after all year round.  

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We have seating both indoors and outside in our pretty garden with sea views.

Covean Cottage Guesthouse & Cafe

St. Agnes Apr-Oct

Delightful garden cafe on the island of St. Agnes serving delicious, freshly baked cream teas and cakes.. 2 - 5 pm daily Tel. 01720 422620. Also evening Pizza nights during the Summer (pre-orders only).Read more »

Group meal on Mincarlo terrace

Mincarlo activity breaks

St. Mary's All year

Mincarlo is the perfect location for an activity or special interest holiday on Scilly, whether you want to join an established group holiday (see listings below) or to bring your own group. Comfortable accommodation for 18 guests. Also suitable for large family groups celebrating weddings, birthdays or special anniversaries. 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 »

Scilly wedding bands

Fay Page

St. Martin's All year

Jewellery for your wedding made in ScillyRead more »

Mouth Watering Menus

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 »

Duo Prospero

St. Mary's

Friday 13th & Friday 20th May

Duo Prospero – Piers Lewin & Debby Crane - perform in Old Town Church. This wonderful building with its superb natural acoustic and intimate candlelit atmosphere is the perfect venue for an island duo of violin and woodwind.  Classical repertoire from Bach to Bartok rubs shoulders with traditional music from around the World in an hour-long, richly-varied programme of brand new material for the 2016 season. Read more »