10 Spring Essentials on Scilly
Not-to-be-missed Spring experiences on the Isles of Scilly.
1. Walk Scilly from the Star Castle Hotel
The 11th annual Walk Scilly Week takes place between April 1st and 7th, offering 29 guided and themed outings with something for everyone. The Star Castle Hotel on St Mary’s provides an excellent base for this event and spring stays available from £161 per room on bed & breakfast basis.
2. Daymark Music Festival
This Easter weekend (14th – 16th April), the Daymark Music Festival will be bringing a three day extravaganza of live music, delicious food and drink to St Martin’s, featuring artists from Scilly and beyond. Although it’s only two miles long, St Martin’s is home to some of the UK’s best beaches.
3. World Pilot Gigs Championships
The World Pilot Gigs Championships have become the pinnacle of gig rowing and crews attend from as far as Holland, Bermuda and America. During race weekend (28th April – 1st May), the atmosphere is electric and unlike anything you will experience on the islands at any other time of the year.
4. Scilly Folk Festival
From May 25th to 30th, the Scilly Folk Festival will take over St Mary’s and Tresco, attracting some of the South West’s best folk artists for a weekend of live music. Martin Carthy, who is considered one of the great innovators of folk music, has been confirmed for this year.
5. Cream Tea by the Sea
While on the Isles of Scilly, it would be rude not sample one of the South West’s most iconic treats – cream teas. After a stroll along the coastline, enjoy a pot of tea and homemade scones at the Covean Café or the Coastguards Café, located on St Agnes.
6. Spot Puffins on a Sea Safari
Colonies of puffins and a variety of other seabirds can be spotted on the uninhabited island of Annet from May to July. Up to 200 pairs nest on the islands around the Western Rocks and there are many guided boat trips which allow you to get up close to these magnificent birds.
7. Low Tide Event
When the spring tides make the channel between Tresco and Bryher dry enough to cross, people gather in the middle for the unique Low Tide Event (25th May) where there are food stalls, local fisherman demonstrating how to dig for Razor Clams, acoustic music and beach games.
8. Holy Vale Lobster Lunch
It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque venue for an alfresco lunch than the Star Castle Hotel’s HolyVale vineyard. This picture-perfect winery serves a delicious lobster lunch from its outdoor café, using the freshest of ingredients. From March onwards, a lobster lunch and a glass of HolyVale wine will cost £24.50.
9. Tresco Abbey Garden
One of Scilly’s most famous sights, the Tresco Abbey Garden is home to more than 20,000 species of plants from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to South Africa. Another one of the garden’s features is the Valhalla Museum, which boasts an interesting collection of shipwrecked figureheads.
10. Horse riding on St Mary’s
St Mary’s has dozens of coastal bridleways, country lanes and farm tracks to explore on horseback, as well as long stretches of beach where you and your four-legged friend can take a dip in the water. A horseback tour with the island’s riding centre is perfect for people of all levels of experience.