Last Sunday saw the start of Scilly’s summer fete season. On a scorching afternoon, the cricket pitch on St. Martin’s came alive with Real Life Pokémon Go, tombola, Nerf gun tin can alley, land gig racing, face painting, golf, obstacle courses with the fire brigade, bouncy castle and shell painting, plus a raft of traditional fete stalls including cakes, sweets, samosas, burgers and beers.
Fetes have long been a tradition across all the islands on Scilly, and they are popular with residents and visitors alike. On Tuesday, it was the turn of the St Mary’s fete in the Chaplaincy Gardens and now we will enjoy consecutive Sunday afternoon fun at St. Agnes this Sunday (7th), Bryher on the 14th, and Tresco on Sunday 21st August. All the fetes have their own particular vibe, and individual entertainment, but together, these island fetes have one common thread – they remind us of traditional, yesteryear England.
And then on the last (Bank Holiday) weekend of August, Scilly looks forward to a very special weekend, the inaugural Islands’ Regatta, including a stunning aerobatic display by the Red Arrows. The whole weekend will celebrate the maritime history of the islands – with a Parade of Sail featuring stunning tall ships, Round Island Race, street entertainment and stalls, children’s pirate adventures, a RNLI water carnival and a visit from a Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate. It’s going to be amazing.
Summer on Scilly – you just can’t beat it!