Magical May - plan your visit...
Where better to take in the first signs of summer than on our serene shores? Here are a few reasons why May might be our favourite month for a Tresco visit…
May on the islands provides a picturesque prelude to the balmy summer months to come – think warm, long days, the occasional heatwave, glassy seas and plenty of potential for crafting your perfect island break.
With plenty of inter-island boat trips, the Abbey Garden in complete colourful splendour, and a whole host of events from live music to wildlife walks, there's so much to savour in every moment of island life.
Or if you just need time to relax, recuperate, and soak up some coastal serenity, that works for us too!
Here are a few reasons to make May the month you visit Tresco…
Abbey Garden Splendour
If you're visiting the Abbey Garden in May, prepare for sensory overload – cascading blooms, structural succulents, geometric silhouettes of interwoven leaves and branches – truly a botanical bounty.
The Mediterranean Garden – centred around Lucy Dorrien-Smith's shell house – is a spectacle. The garden's paths and terraces are a picture brimming with Banksia formosa from Western Australia, the South African Protea and even our own natural hybrid Olearia.
Time to Be
May sees the year's first Abbey Garden Yoga sessions, as Bryher islander and yogi Gem Hansen leads this popular awakening practice.
Pass through the gates early in the morning, when only the Golden Pheasants and the Red Squirrels are up and about, immersing yourself in a serene blend of flowing yogic practice and blissful botanical beauty.
A real treat for the senses – and the soul.
Dining, Scilly Style
As spring turns to summer, our chefs take their cue from the seasons and brighten their menus with the freshest seasonal produce.
The Ruin Terrace was made for long and lazy May afternoons, the wood-fired oven filling the warm early summer air with the heady scent of island wood.
Over at The New Inn, we'll be firing up the Ox Grill for fresh island seafood and hearty flame-grilled suppers - with much of the produce sourced from the surrounding fields and sea.
Over on Bryher, from 9th May, Hell Bay Hotel opens the doors to the much-acclaimed Crab Shack. A messy meal of freshly caught shellfish in this converted barn has become a quintessentially Scilly experience - a great excuse for a special evening out on the supper boat.
Great times in the great outdoors
Explore 800 acres of playground for young and old as the island bursts into life in the early summer. Wide-open spaces. Empty beaches. Miles of coastal footpaths to explore. A new seascape at every turn. The sweet scent of gorse in the clear sea air.
It's a great time of year to circumnavigate the island, and you can easily do it in a day, with plenty of time to take in the views.
For the active, the early summer brings two of the islands' sporting highlights of the year.
28th - 30th April sees the World Pilot Gig Championships come to the islands - a celebration of the Cornish pilot gigs that plied the waters of Scilly for centuries, saving lives, earning salvage and - on occasion - partaking in the odd spot of 'free trade'!
Today, gigs are raced for pleasure - and the World Championships are a true spectacle; the start line of the first races is over a mile long! Luckily, on Tresco, you wouldn't really know anything is going on – perfect for a peaceful base after a day of spectating on St Mary's!
On Saturday 13th May there's the inaugural race of Scilly's newest sporting challenge - the Scilly 60. This 60km ultra-marathon trail race covers all five islands of the archipelago. The catch? Runners will transfer between the islands by ferry. Miss the boat, and you're cut from the race! Starting and finishing on Tresco, the event is sure to be one not to miss!
For those looking for slightly more sedate outdoor pleasures, 9th & 25th May bring two chances to discover Tresco's wilder side with Scilly's resident Ornithologist and Naturalist, Will Wagstaff. Join these leisurely strolls to get a new understanding and appreciation for Tresco's abundant wildlife.
On Sunday 14th & 28th May we celebrate the crafty creativity of our talented islanders with our regular Tresco Makers Markets along the Sea Wall at New Grimsby.
From 13th – 21st May, the annual Creative Scilly Festival returns, celebrating the islands' unique culture, from live music and dramatic performances to open studios and workshops and special guests.
There's also the traditional tunes of the Scilly Folk Festival, which comes to Tresco's New Inn on Sunday 28th May.