Some indoor ideas when you want to stay dry
When it's wet (yes, it does sometimes rain on Scilly!) and you want to get out, don't worry.
There are galleries, potteries and craft shops; an indoor pool, community halls full of equipment and a soft-play centre for the younger ones. You can also visit the lovely Isles of Scilly Museum and the relaxing library right on Porthcressa.
Arts and craft options
On a rainy day on St. Mary's a very popular option is to head down to Phoenix Craft Studios where, every weekday afternoon, workshops are put on giving you the opportunity to try all sorts, from stained glass painting and lino printing to jewellery making.
The Isles of Scilly Museum on Church Street St. Mary’s is also a treasure trove of island history, culture and heritage. There are plenty of galleries to visit on all the islands where you can admire local works of art. The vineyard and visitor centre on St. Martin's also offers an alternative "covered" experience if you fancy a spot of wine tasting. And for some peace and quiet, the new library on Porthcressa with its comfy chairs is a relaxing spot to read a good book.
If you're looking for some active options, head for the indoor swimming pool at Normandy or the Sports Hall & Gym on St Marys. There are plenty of open and family swimming sessions, and the Sports Hall can be hired with use of all its great sporting equipment.
The soft play centre in Old Town St. Mary’s is another great wet weather option for those on holiday with younger children. Mums and Dads can relax and enjoy refreshments (as well as take advantage of the free Wi-Fi) whilst the children have a ball.
On each of the off islands, there are community centres with a raft of sporting and play facilities (such as table tennis and badminton). You can ask about these at the Council’s One Stop Shop at the Town Hall on St. Mary’s or simply ask your accommodation provider about how to make use of them.