The Low Tide Event
Join us in 2020 for a truly unique Scillonian experience: the ultimate pop-up festival, mid-channel between the islands of Tresco and Bryher...
When lunar forces combine to create dramatic Spring Tides, the channel between Tresco and Bryher is dry enough to cross between the islands on foot. Part way across is a long sandbar, usually under 20 feet of seawater. Never ones to pass up an opportunity for a shindig, we thought: that sounds like a good spot for a party!
Shortly before low tide, our Tresco and Hell Bay teams hop through the shallows to set up benches, a bar and firepits on the sandbar as the water recedes.
When the tide is low enough, people will begin making their way across from Tresco and Bryher, meeting in the middle to enjoy this totally unique Scillonian experience.
The Low Tide Experience may be a race against the tide, but there will be plenty to do in such a short space of time!
There will be a feast of food and drink, with a Hell Bay gin bar, mini pasties, sausage rolls and cakes, as well as a stall from Bryher's Island Fish selling fresh fish, shellfish and paella (the stall usually takes the form of their fishing boat, the Emerald Dawn!) Please note: food and drink at the event is cash only.
Enjoy impromptu games or live music, or chat to the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and discover more about the seabed around you.
Of course, being mid-channel gives you the option of spending the afternoon on Bryher or Tresco after the event, and Tresco Boat Services will provide a boat between Tresco and Bryher later in the day.
When are the 2020 Low Tide Events?
In 2020 our Low Tide Events take place on:
- Friday 21st August - from 12.30pm - with live music from the Fabulous 59 Ford
- Sunday 20th September - from 12.45pm - with live music from Scuppered
Please note - we have had to cancel our April and May Low Tide Events in light of the situation surrounding COVID-19. Currently our August and September events are scheduled to go ahead, but this situation will naturally be kept under constant review.