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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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 »

Bryher Church

Bryher Harvest Festival Service


Sunday 18th September

All Saints Church, Bryher

A chance to enjoy a local service in the beautiful surroundings of All Saints Church on Bryher. Local produce donated by the islanders and then on sale throughout the week.  All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the church.Read more »

Isles of Scilly Official Tea towels £7.50; mugs £8.50

Visit Isles of Scilly Merchandise

St. Mary's All year

Buy new and exclusively-designed Visit Isles of Scilly merchandise. Jute bags. mugs, tea towels and marble fridge magnets. Items from £3.50. P&P free for orders over £25. Please call for details: 01720 424031 or  01720 424036Read more »

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 »

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 »

Yoga Scilly

Adventure Scilly

St. Mary's All year

Bryony offers flowing, uplifting yoga sessions; Nick is an experienced swim guide. Both Nick & Bryony are from Scilly and have extensive knowledge of swim spots and trail running routes across the islands, and can advise you on the best way to take an active holiday that will leave you feeling fully immersed in the beauty and nature of the islands. 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 »

St. Martin’s Harvest Festival

St. Martin's

Sunday 4th Septemeber
Monday 5th Septemeber

St. Martin's Chapel

St. Martin’s Chapel hold their Harvest Festival service on Sunday 4th Sept at 6pm led by the Rev Jane Wilcox and a short thanksgiving on Mon 5th at 6.30pm followed by an auction of all the produce that has decorated the chapel, and a pasty supper at 7pm.Read more »

Crab for dinner

Crab Shack


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 »


Fish for your supper: from catch to plate

St. Mary's

Friday 9th September

Start at St. Mary’s Quay; finish at Old Town Inn (landing at Old Town Bay by dinghy)

Enjoy a unique early evening’s fishing with Paul Smith on the Kingfisher for mackerel, pollock and other local line-caught fish in the waters around Scilly, then take your catch to the Old Town Inn for a lovely barbecue. Read more »