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Family Adventures

Family Adventures

The Isles of Scilly are the perfect destination for families with children. The beaches are shallow and ideal for buckets and spades, the area is very safe, and the small community friendly. There are plenty of activities to keep children of all ages occupied and many families return year after year at their children’s behest! Besides the usual beach occupations, favourite activities include:


With so much water around, there is nowhere better to learn to sail, or to develop your sailing skills. There are sheltered waters and lagoons, and empty beaches that can only be accessed by sailing dinghy so kids (and grownups!) can find their own slice of deserted paradise. The Sailing Centre on St Mary’s offers a full range of RYA (Royal Yachting Association) courses and has a fantastic range of boats so you can sign up for everything from a ‘taster session’, through to a full ‘learn to sail’ course.

Horse Riding

St Mary’s Riding Stable is just 5 minutes away and a short hack from Pelistry beach and has easy access to numerous lanes, country tracks and coastal bridleways. Catering for everyone from the complete novice through to the experienced rider, you could head out on a relaxed hack, or find yourself galloping along the beach in the shallows. It is advisable to book up early during peak times as this is one of the most popular activities on the island.


You can hire a bike on St Mary’s and explore the island’s eight miles of road on two wheels – a great way to see the island or to get back to your favourite beaches more quickly. Hire your bikes St. Mary’s bike hire at Porthmellon Business Park just outside town.

Wet play options

If it turns wet on Scilly, head for the little swimming pool at Normandy – not far from us at all, or check out the soft play centre – Kings of the Castle – at Old Town for the younger ones. We’ve got more ideas too, on our Rainy Day page