The Summer Hitlist
There’s nothing like an island summer – here are a few suggestions on how to fill your summertime escape on Tresco.
Watch a sunset on the sea wall
There’s nothing more magical than a long, warm, summer dusk giving way to a spectacular island sunset. Find a spot on the sea wall at New Grimsby, an iconic spot for sunset watching, and a great location for savouring your New Inn pint.
Catch a gig finish
Nothing says island life quite like gig racing – head out on a spectator boat on a Wednesday or Friday, or maybe you’ll be lucky enough to catch a Tresco finish, where the finish line stretches between Tresco and Bryher. Crowd along the seafront at New Grimsby or watch from the quay itself.
Marvel at the Agapanthus
These purple and white blooms are a firm favourite among regular summer visitors. During July and August, the banks along Tresco’s east coast are positively littered with the vibrant, spherical heads of agapanthus plants. Take a stroll down to Pentle Bay and you’ll be surrounded!
Party at the Low Tide
Our Low Tide Events are a must-experience for any Scilly-holic. As the tide recedes across the sandbar between Tresco & Bryher, our team rush out to set up pop-up bars, food stalls, and even live music from time to time. Event dates vary yearly, but there are usually one or two celebrations during the warm summer months.
Explore the North End
The summer months are the best time to catch the rolling heather of Tresco’s northern outcrop at its best. Expect to find a carpet of pretty purple stretching far and wide as you heard towards the castles on the north coast.
As the evenings get lighter, regular evening boat trips take place allowing you to supper off-island. Head to High Tide Restaurant on St. Agnes on Friday nights, or choose from multiple weeknights for a seafood feast at Hell Bay Hotel’s rustic Crab Shack on Bryher.
Take in an Exhibition
During July & August, Gallery Tresco changes its exhibitions once every ten days, showcasing a considered collection of works by artists from the southwest and further afield. All works feature, or are inspired by, Scilly. Attend an opening evening and enjoy wine and canapés as you browse the show - you may even meet one of the artists.
Enjoy Al Fresco Theatre
Keep an eye out for outdoor theatre dates – we welcome a couple of visiting performance groups during July and August to put on shows in the Abbey Garden or Sea Garden lawn. Bring a blanket, picnic, and take in the show.
Get out on the water…
Kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing – long summer days call for island-hopping any way you can! Head over to the Sailing School at Raven’s Porth and head out on an excursion to the nearby uninhabited islets. Such a special way to explore the archipelago.
…or get in it!
Sea-swimming isn’t just a summer sport, but it feels a lot easier when the sun’s beating down on the coast! Our favourite spot? It’s got to be Green Porth – sheltered, with very little boat traffic, no strong currents, and clear, azure waters.