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The Low Tide Event

Join us in 2019 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 opoportunity 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 popup Tresco BBQ and bar, a Hell Bay gin bar, and 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 2019 Low Tide Events?

In 2019 our Low Tide Events take place on:

  • Saturday 20th April 2019 - from around 12pm
  • Sunday 1st September 2019 - from around 12:30pm (including live music from Fabulous 59 Ford)


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