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The Tresco Spring To Do List

Nobody likes a to do list, but this may just be the one exception... To make sure you don’t miss out, we’re taking a look at our top 10 events taking place on Scilly this springtime.

Spring may begin on Scilly when the rest of the country is still boxing up the Christmas decorations, but come April and May, the islands really come to life with a whole host of fabulous events.

From yoga workshops to the famous Low Tide Event; creative festivals to the world’s biggest gathering of Cornish Pilot Gigs, there’s something for all on Scilly in the spring...


Walk Scilly (3rd – 12th April 2019)

Scilly’s celebration of exploration! Revel in 10 days of themed, guided walks across the islands. There's something for everyone - ramblers, stargazers, wildlife lovers, sun worshippers, foragers and families!

Find out more about Walk Scilly and check accommodation on Tresco now...

Easter Yoga Workshops (15th – 19th April 2019)

Missed out on our fabulous Tresco Yoga Retreats? Never fear; Bryher islander Gem Hansen and Billy Harrigan of Ocean Flow Yoga will be leading three days of special yoga and meditation workshops over the Easter break.

The Low Tide Event (20th April 2019)

Tresco’s totally unique pop-up festival, mid-channel between our shores and the neighbouring island of Bryher.

If you’ve never experienced The Low Tide Event, this feast of food and drink, live music and seabed exploration is one not to miss!

Gallery Tresco Easter Show (Begins Saturday 20th April 2019)

The first of Gallery Tresco’s nine shows for 2019, the Easter Show kicks off the year in style with work from Rob Braybrooks, Tom Holland, Teresa Pemberton, Lizzie Black, John Bampfield and Geoffrey Bickley.

Join the Artists' Reception party at Gallery Tresco on Saturday 20th April.

World Pilot Gig Championships (3rd – 6th May 2019)

A spectacle in every sense of the word, the “World Gig Championships” may have started as a post-race joke in the pub but now attracts more than 130 gigs from across the world.

Imagine a start line more than a mile long filled with more than one hundred gigs of every colour, all vying to be the first across the line...

Tresco makes the perfect place to stay during the event: catch every race with regular boating, but escape the bustle of St Mary's on its busiest weekend of the year!

Creative Scilly Festival (10th – 22nd May 2019)

Scilly’s inaugural creative festival, with 13 days of island whimsy and intrigue…

On Tresco you can enjoy short stories, poems and folk song performed by the Story Republicans in the Abbey Garden, as well as Paint the Day, where budding artists young and old, local and visiting, amateur and professional, are challenged to capture a day on Tresco.

There’s also live music from Will Keating and a fine session from the Scilly Folk Festival.

Swim Scilly Challenge (25th May 2019)

Swim between the five inhabited islands of Scilly (plus uninhabited Samson) as a group, in varied open water conditions and over one or two days.

The Swim Challenge is all about the group experience and is resolutely not a race, so it’s perfect for those wanting to take their sea swimming to the next level in a safe group environment.

Seth Lakeman Live (30th May – 2nd June 2019)

He might have nine albums, a Mercury Prize nomination and a six-month world tour with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant under his belt, but that doesn’t stop Dartmoor folk hero Seth Lakeman escaping to Tresco once in a while.

This time he’ll not only be playing two sessions at The New Inn, but also an intimate acoustic fundraising gig at Tresco’s St Nicholas Church.

The Tresco Market (Tuesdays from 2nd April)

Taking place on New Grimsby Quay weekly from 2nd April, the Tresco Market is your opportunity to grab the freshest produce from our islands and the crystal seas surrounding them.

The stalls change weekly, but favourites include Bryher’s Island Fish and Hillside Farm, plus delicious cakes made by Claire from Tresco Farm.

Walking Tides (Various dates in April & May)

The islands of Tresco and Bryher may be very close neighbours - the channel between them is just 250 yards or so at the narrowest point - but nevertheless they enjoy very separate identities.

On the lowest tides it is possible to walk between the two, enjoy a spot of lunch and then catch a boat home. Be sure to check the dates and times you can make the crossing!

Come to Life on Tresco this Spring

With the Abbey Garden already a riot of colour, sunsets that happen that little bit later than the mainland and a packed programme of events - or the freedom to be busy doing absolutely nothing at all - what better time to visit Tresco than springtime?

Book your spring escape to Tresco today...

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