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Visiting Scilly Isles in Winter

Updated: Jul 3, 2023

Winter on the Isles of Scilly is a quiet affair; think relaxing walks and cosy fires. Due to it being a quieter period, this is also a great time to book accommodation in the Isles of Scilly at great prices.


November sees the tail end of the season. There are still some bird watchers here and a few tourists that enjoy the quiet time on Scilly.

The last Scillonian is usually the first Monday in November. After this, the only option is to fly.

There are no scheduled events throughout November; we recommend walking around the islands. You can organise special boats to the off-island; however, boating is limited.


Christmas on Scilly can be magical. The streets are lit with Christmas lights, and the atmosphere has a subtle buzz.

The first weekend in December sees the Christmas market at On The Quay with lots of local makers, music, food and drink. Keep an eye out for other small markets throughout the month.

The yearly Christmas street market is the week before Christmas. You'll find stalls serving mulled wine, tasty treats and live music.

Lots of local shops and cafes open up for the evening. There is a kids' Santa sleigh that throws out sweets, and your little ones can meet Santa Clause in the Atlantic.

The Island Cinema show Christmas films on the big screen in town, and local carollers and bands play music.

The Islands Partnership put on boats for the off-island locals. It's one of the best nights of the year.

The local pubs come alive the week running up to Christmas, with most locals finishing up work for the holidays. Christmas Eve is usually bigger than New Years, with The Mermaid Inn being the centre of the festivities. You're bound to have a good time on Scilly this week.

The Atlantic and The Mermaid are open for Christmas lunch every year if you fancy holidaying on Scilly but want to avoid cooking.

New Year's Eve is another fantastic night on Scilly. Everyone dresses in costume, and pub crawls through the town. This one isn't for the faint-hearted!

If you prefer something more relaxing over Christmas & New Year, you can head to Tresco Island for a relaxing spa-filled stay. They do various self-catering deals with a spa pass included. The Abbey Gardens, Ruin Cafe, New Inn and Tresco Stores are open throughout this period for everything you need.


January is the quietest month in Scilly. Unless you're happy to spend lots of time without much going on, there are better times to visit the Isles of Scilly. Almost everything is closed apart from the occasional pub (limited opening hours), a coffee shop and the supermarkets.

That being said, if you're ever considering moving to Scilly, it's the best time to come to see if you'd enjoy winters here. It's not for everyone; however, it could be the perfect time to enjoy the islands if you enjoy windy walks and relaxing.


Romance is in the air on Scilly this month. Everything is still quiet; however, it could be a great time to bag Valentine's accommodation in the Isles of Scilly at a great price. All you need is a cosy space with gorgeous sea views, and it would be the perfect weekend break.

Aside from the specific activities each month, Scilly in the winter is when the locals enjoy the islands. There is a lot of sea swimming, with some local groups heading out for a daily dip, and crafters spend the winter making and trying new things before the start of the season. Everyone enjoys a slower pace of life.

You're missing out if you have yet to hear of Scilly Narcissi. In the winter, many locals pick, grade and bunch these lovely flowers to get them ready to send all around the UK. If you're walking around the islands, you'll see these yellow and white flowers blooming across lots of fields, making your wintery walk a bit brighter.

Remember to check out the beautiful accommodation in the Isles of Scilly - there's sure to be something that suits your travel requirements.

We hope that we've provided all you need to know about visiting the Isles of Scilly in Winter, but if not, please feel free to get in touch with Scilly Escapes or leave your question in the comments section below.

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