Things to do on the Isles of Scilly
and Lifelong Learning
The Public Library is temporarily located at Carn Thomas, St Mary's
(the old Secondary School site), until redevelopment work is completed
on the new library at Porthcressa. (01720) 423394/424322, www.scilly.gov.uk
The library has a wide
selection of books for loan, and also a small selection of CDs,
videos and audio tapes. Visitors can borrow books using their mainland
library card. Public internet access is available in the library.
hours: Monday - Friday: 09.30 - 12.00 and 15.30 - 18.00; Saturday:
09.30 - 12.00.
The Lifelong Learning department of the Council of the Isles of
Scilly is also located at Carn Thomas, St Mary's, but on the opposite
side of the road to the library. They offer some fantastic learning
opportunities in a diverse range of subjects
- from business skills to jewellery making, and from 'e-spanish'
(delivered online) to RYA day skipper. There's something for everyone.
(01720) 42356, www.learnscilly.co.uk
The Isles of
Scilly Museum, situated in Church Street, St Mary's holds a comprehensive
collection of maritime, social and natural history of the islands.
(01720) 422337. www.iosmuseum.org
artefacts - Then and Now photographs - Wild flowers - Nautical knots
- 16th Century artefacts - Cargo from the Cita - Musical instruments
- Hollandia Coins - Flotsam and jetsam - Barrel organ - Domestic
pottery - Katie's kitchen - Weights and measures - Royal visists
- Cannon muskets swords - Ships' bells - A fully rigged pilot gig
built in 1877.
Easter - 30th Sept: Monday to Saturday 10.00
1st October - Easter: Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 12.00
of evening activities varies from week to week. Drop in to the Tourist
Information Centre and pick up a copy of 'What's On in Scilly this
week', and make sure you look out for notices and posters around
The possibilities are
likely to include all or some of the following:
- Gig racing
- Wednesdays (women) and Fridays (men). Boats usually leave St
Mary's quay at 7.45pm, but check beforehand as they leave earlier/later
for certain races.
boat trips - from St Mary's, these are usually every night to
St Agnes, and some nights to St Martin's. Plus special birdwatching
Club performances - fortnightly through the summer.
Entertainers - a variety show.
slide shows - for example 'Shipwrecks, seals and sea squirts',
and 'Scilly Through the Ages'.
- Bingo and
whist drive - weekly at the Scillonian club.
- Choral Society
and Scilly Sirens (a women's choir) performances.
- Live music
- local and visiting bands, at the various pubs on St Mary's and
- Cellar disco
- Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights at Porthcressa.
theatre companies, opera etc
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