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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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 »

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 »

The Beautiful setting  of Holy Vale vineyard

Holy Vale Vineyard & Winery Incorporating Holy Vale Wines

St. Mary's All year

Situated in the tranquil and beautiful Holy Vale on the Nature Trail at the heart of St. Mary’s, the Vineyard and Winery is a must visit location during your stay on St Mary’s. 

Open on weekdays 12.00 – 16.30 and by appointment only on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays for; wine tastings at £17.50 per person, ‘The story of Wine Exhibition’, Cellar Door Shop and refreshments, including Robert's Wine and Lobster Lunch at £24.50 per person.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 »

The Sailing Centre

St. Mary's Apr-Sep

RYA & AALA licensed watersports centre offering instruction, hire & sales in windsurfing, sailing, powerboating & kayaking. Centres on St. Mary's & Tresco.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 »

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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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 »

Sea urchin pendant

Fay Page – Open Studio

St. Martin's All year

We make jewellery that is worn across Scilly, the UK and beyond.

It all started twelve years ago with a silver shell range and we’ve grown each year and now have several ranges including fish, flowers, seeds and Scilly cowbells. We do lots of commission work from wedding and engagement rings to personalised pieces.

Our studio is a truly Scilly affair with lots of reclaimed island materials and local art being used in the design – the cabinets have even been made out of the timbers from an old boat.Read more »

Veronica Farm Fudge

Veronica Farm Fudge Trail

Bryher

Throughout September

Veronica Farm Fudge is sold at 8 different outlets across all the islands. Pick up a card from Veronica Farm on Bryher or the Tourist Information Centre on St. Mary’s. Each of these outlets will stamp your card when you make a purchase (it doesn’t have to be fudge). Collect all 8 stamps and take your card to Veronica Farm to receive a free bag of limited edition Taste of Scilly Fudge.Read more »