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Creative Scilly Festival

A brand new, cultural festival for the Isles of Scilly, celebrating island culture and creativity...

Join us for the islands’ inaugural Creative Scilly Festival from the 10th - 22nd May 2019.

This new Cultural Festival promises to be a celebration of island culture and creativity incorporating visual art, literature, comedy and the spoken word and featuring workshops, demonstrations, public art displays, performances, gallery openings and fun nights out across the five islands.


On Tresco

Here on Tresco, we're looking forward to a number of special events, from artistic challenges to storytelling in the Abbey Garden.

Saturday 11th May sees the Paint the Day Challenge at Gallery Tresco, where you can spend the day capturing your favourite Scilly scene in whatever artistic medium appeals. Cornish artist Paul Lewin will judge the work and award prizes for young and old, before a display of the work on Sunday.

Also taking place on Sunday 12th May is Storytelling in Valhalla with Cornwall's Rogue Theatre, spinning tales intertwining Scillonian, Cornish and Celtic influences, using music, humour, terrific tales and magic.

Tuesday 14th May sees an afternoon of Storytelling in the Abbey Garden as The Story Republicans, a group of vivid & vibrant storytellers, share short stories, poems and folk songs suitable for all ages.

That evening, there is live folk music at The New Inn from 8pm with Will Keating and John Dowling, inspired by Cornwall’s history and heritage.

Thursday 16th May sees author Sam Llewellyn share his entertaining lecture on Augustus Smith: The Man Who Saved Scilly at St Nicholas' Church Tresco.

Gallery Tresco open their Creative Scilly Show on Saturday 18th May, featuring the work of Nicola Hancox, Jon Evison, Ian Shearman, Gary Long, Sophie Harding, Wendy McBride and Will Shakspeare. Join the Artists' Reception from 6pm - 8pm for a glass of wine and canapés.

On Wednesday 22nd May, there is live folk music at The New Inn from 8pm with Tom Dale.


Where to Stay

We have a range of accommodation available, by the night or by the week.

Isles of Scilly Travel are offering 10% off the brochure passenger fare on Scillonian and all Skybus Land’s End flights between 8th May and 24th May 2019. Quote the coupon code CREATIVE19 at the time of booking via 01736 334220.


Supported by The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas

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