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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Toots Taxi

St. Mary's All year

If you are coming to the islands to get married, or if you are resident on the islands, Toots Taxi is available for hire for your special day.  Give us a call, or send us an email, to let us know your requirements and we will do our utmost to accommodate your wishes.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 »

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 »

The gardens at Polreath Tea Room.

Polreath Tea Room

St. Martin's Apr-Sep

Delicious homebaked cakes, freshly prepared lunches, afternoon cream teas or just a local beer; a warm welcome awaits you in our conservatory, plantsman’s garden or traditional Scillonian glasshouse.

Open Sunday to Friday 10.30am to 4.30pm.
Closed Saturdays. 

Lunch served 12 noon to 2pm. Cream teas available from 2.30pm.

 

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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 »

Guided Tour & Talk on Shipwreck Collection

St. Mary's

Saturday 14th May

Join local published author Richard Larn on a guided tour of the museum’s shipwreck collection.Read more »

Ruin Beach Cafe Terrace

Ruin Beach Cafe

Tresco All year

The Ruin Beach Café is open all day serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. At the heart of the restaurant – and the menu – is the wood-fired oven that produces delicious pizzas, roasts the succulent beef and fresh fish, as well as baking the bread.  It’s fuelled with island wood, and brings a real flavour of the Mediterranean to the cooking.Read 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 »

Logo Festival

Pictures, Pints and a Pasty Photography Workshop, St. Agnes

St. Agnes

Wednesday 4th May, 6.15pm-8.15pm. Join resident photographer Chris Hall and take a leisurely stroll to capture the beginning of the sunset. Chris will be on hand to give you top tips on how to take the best photographs and afterwards you can share and discuss your pictures over a pint and a pasty at ‘The Turks Head’ – a fantastic pub with one of Scilly’s finest views.Read more »

Photography Workshop ‘Creative Photography’

St. Mary's

Monday 9th, Monday 16th & Monday 23rd May, 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Local photographer, Ed Marshall, shows you how to use natural light to compose and capture images that you will cherish, studying the grandeur of the rock formations on Peninnis Head.Read more »