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 Scilly Folk 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.

Sea urchin pendant

Fay Page – Open Studio

St. Martin's

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

Gallery Tresco

Gallery Tresco

Tresco

Gallery Tresco is located in the most enviable of positions on New Grimsby shoreline and is a haven for art lovers. Some of Cornwall’s finest art can be found on the walls of this light and airy converted boatshed, which has been open for over 20 years.

Canvas Shop front

Ratbags Canvas Shop

St. Mary's

Rat Island Sailboat Co.  Rat Bags Canvas shop

Hand made cotton canvas bags, clothing & acessories, Visit our workshop here in the Isles of Scilly & watch as we make your bag.

Available online

Bathinghouse Porth Morning Tresco

Stephen Morris at Glandore Gallery

St. Mary's

Located within their home at Porthloo, Glandore Gallery is a small, friendly, beachside gallery run by local artist, Stephen Morris, and his wife, Lois. Stephen paints exclusively ‘en plein air’ in watercolour and, more recently, inks, with a colourful and distinctive signature style. His cards and giclee prints are also available along with those of his late aunt, Nan Heath.

Sea kayaking on Scilly

Mincarlo activity breaks

St. Mary's

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. 

Flying Boat Club Spa Pool

Flying Boat Spa

Tresco

Tresco's extraordinary natural environment is a tonic in itself, but for those looking for a little more TLC we have a beautifully appointed Spa where our friendly team of trained therapists are on hand to talk through the wide range of different treatments we are able to offer, whether it be a Marine Algae body wrap or a simple pedicure.

Scilly wedding bands

Fay Page

St. Martin's

Jewellery for your wedding made in Scilly

Spirit Of St agnes

St Agnes Boating Wildlife Safaris

St. Agnes

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

Diverse food led retail shop.

The Tanglewood Kitchen Company @ The Post Office

St. Mary's

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.

 

Tresco Abbey Garden Agave

Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco

The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is a perennial Kew without the glass - shrugging off salt spray and Atlantic gales to host thousands of exotic plants.

Many of these would stand no chance on the Cornish mainland, less than 30 miles away. Yet even at the winter equinox more than 300 plants will be in flower. All in all, the garden is home to species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to

Wildlife Safari with St Agnes Boating ~ © BareFoot Photographer

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's

Scilly's Wildlife is varied and everchanging; from the resident Scilly Shrew and Atlantic Grey Seals to the migratory swallows and puffins.  Whatever you're searching for why not join one of our team on a Wildlife excursion or guided walk and discover Scilly's wild side.

Scilly Flowers

St. Martin's

Scilly Flowers based at Churchtown Farm on St Martin’s is Scilly’s postal flower service. We send gift boxes of scented flowers to any UK address all year round.  In the winter we grow and send Scented Narcissi and in the summer, Scented Pinks.  If you are on St Martin’s, pop into the farm and see what we do.

Scilly Flowers at Churchtown Farm, St Martin's

Scilly Flowers

St. Martin's

Scilly Flowers based at Churchtown Farm on St Martin’s is Scilly’s postal flower service. We send gift boxes of scented flowers to any UK address all year round.  In the winter we grow and send Scented Narcissi and in the summer, Scented Pinks.  If you are on St Martin’s, pop into the farm and see what we do.

Great slides at Kings of the Castle

Kings of the Castle

St. Mary's

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.

Our terrace overlooking the harbour

Tregarthen's Hotel

St. Mary's

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. We have inter-connecting rooms and larger rooms that can cater for families, with extra beds and cots.

Our self-catering cottage, Starboard Light, has 3 rooms, sleeping up to 5 people plus room for a cot, is ideal for family holidays on St Mary's.

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