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An Island Christmas

Now the clocks have gone back and summer is a fond but distant memory, we’re looking forward to possibly our favourite time of the year on the island.

Christmas on Tresco is a truly magical time: from bracing clifftop walks to rousing candlelit carols; crackling log burners to a gentle soak in the spa. All across the island the beaches will be yours to explore, the Christmas cheer will be flowing and the welcome will be warm.

Below, we find out what our islanders love about Christmas on Tresco...


Rachel – The New Inn

The best thing is that once you’re here you can just completely relax. There’s no last minute panic shopping; just the beautiful street market on St Mary’s and grabbing local produce from Tresco Stores on Christmas Eve with a drink and a mince pie in hand! There’s no need for a designated driver, no endless visits to distant relatives; it’s the most relaxing Christmas you’ll have.

Ruth - Island Office Manager

I love strolling along the deserted sands of Gimble, round the north end to blow the cobwebs away, finishing up at The New Inn for a hot chocolate. This year, the tide is going to be low enough to walk to Bryher and back on Christmas Day and Boxing Day – if I’m feeling adventurous!

Jon - Tresco Abbey Gardener

I’m a bit of a foodie, so for me Christmas really begins when the Penders of Bryher bring across the lobster and crab orders, ready for Christmas Day. Who says Christmas has to mean turkey?

Anna – Cottage Manager

For us, Christmas starts early as we deck the halls across all of our cottages.  We put the Christmas trees up in the cottages, lay the log burners and put out the Christmas Hampers – then once all the guests are in and cosy it’s time for our own decorating at home.

Sasha - Marketing Assistant

There really is nothing like our Christmas Eve candlelit carol service for enveloping you in that warm Christmassy feeling. The Church is always full and it really doesn’t matter if you can sing – everyone’s just in a great Christmas spirit!

Kate – Cottage Gardener

It’s something of an island tradition to take a dip in the sea at New Grimsby on Christmas morning, before heading to The New Inn for a hot chocolate. Of course others just prefer to stick to the warmer waters of the pool at Tresco Island Spa...!

Kerra – Island Office

The warm and friendly atmosphere across the whole island at Christmas is just wonderful; it’s what Christmas is all about. Nothing is quite so reminiscent of this Christmas spirit than The New Inn bar on Christmas Day as everyone gathers for a drink after Church or opening presents.

Ginny – Tresco Boats

Nothing beats the feeling of coming in from the cold to a crackling log fire and settling in for an evening with a good book. If there’s a winter storm blowing outside, so much the better!

Mike – Tresco Abbey Garden Curator

I may be biased, but whilst other gardens are dull and dreary, our climate means there are literally hundreds of plant species in flower in the Abbey Garden over Christmas, from South African Proteas to Passion Flowers from Peru.

Tresco Christmas Cottages

Whether it’s a quiet couples retreat, a cosy family Christmas, a big celebration with friends, or anything in between, we've got the ideal holiday cottage for your perfect Christmas...

The New Inn Christmas Break

Join us at The New Inn for a five night Christmas or New Year break by the sea. The log burner will be lit, the spa will be enticing, the weather will be invigorating and when the festivities are over you need only wander up the stairs to bed...

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