The Summer Hitlist
There’s nothing like an island summer – here are a few suggestions on how to fill your summertime escape on Tresco...
Pack a Beach Picnic
Head to the Flying Boat to collect picnic supplies, including freshly made sandwiches, locally baked cakes, organic beers, ciders and more - you can even grab a Flying Boat cool bag to carry it!
Then it's all about finding your perfect picnic spot...
Take a deep breath...
Discover the transformative combination of yogic practice and island escapism with daily yoga and meditation classes on Tresco Island. Bryher islander Gem Hansen and guest teacher Esmée Halliday guide daily practice outdoors in a variety of stunning island locations. Take a moment for mindful movement in the serene setting of Tresco Abbey Garden, energise body and mind with vinyasa flow, or find solace in meditation facing the water's edge.
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!
Shrimping has to be the most perfectly purposeful use of an afternoon, gadding about in the shallows with a net and bucket, foraging for your supper. What could be better? Shrimping season begins on Scilly on 1st July. The tricky bit? Getting a local to divulge the best shrimping grounds...
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.
Your Own Gallery Viewing
Gallery Tresco is well-known for showcasing a considered collection of works by artists from the southwest and further afield. All works feature, or are inspired by, Scilly. During July & August, Gallery Tresco usually features a rolling schedule of exhibitions but this year, with everything being a little different, you can book a private Gallery viewing by appointment with curator Anna Parkes. Just give her a call on 01720 424925 to arrange a time.
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 your own Swallows & Amazons adventure to the nearby uninhabited islands. Spend a day amongst turquoise shallows discovering the scattered islets between Tresco and neighbouring St. Martin’s. The island of Tean has a tempting natural plunge pool between rocky outcrops – an irresistible wild-swimming spot.
…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.