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Leisure, Clubs and Activities


Covid 19 - During Covid 19 many organisations, clubs and leisure activities have changed their ways of operating and operating times and it is best to contact them directly to find out more.


Getting out and about, learn, read, join community and leisure activities:

Local activities



Please find information about community, voluntary and private clubs and activities on the Isles of Scilly.


All information is provided by the activity providers and please contact them directly with any queries that you may have.


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Active Scilly





Active Scilly is the Council of the Isles of Scilly sports, health and fitness service.  We offer Gym, Sports Hall and Swimming facilities.



Sports Hall

The Queen Elizabeth ll Community Sports Hall is available to book for a wide range of sports and activities, both to clubs and the general public.

The hall can accommodate 4 badminton courts and has court markings for football, basketball, badminton, tennis and more - we can provide nets and other equipment on request. There is also a large seating area and viewing gallery for spectators. We have modern changing facilities with showers and lockers.



Our gym is installed with state of the art Cybex equipment. This includes: treadmills, arc trainers, bikes, disabled user friendly upper body ergo meter, weights machines and free weights.


There are qualified instructors available in the gym at certain times who can offer advice on workout programmes and how to use the machines.  If you are new to using a gym you can have a free induction, to show you how to use the equipment safely and effectively.  If you are a regular gym user, feel free to use any of the available equipment at your own pace, there is no need to book.  However you are advised to book on to classes such as TRX, Step Cardio and spin to avoid disappointment.


There will sometimes be changes to our timetable, especially to the gym support hours, due to staffing, bank holidays and events. Be sure to check our Twitter and Facebook pages for any updates or give us a call.


Swimming Pool

Normandy Swimming Pool is open all year round to both residents and non-residents. It features a full program of open sessions and swimming lessons for both children and adults and sessions for Toddlers and babies.


Other activities include aqua aerobics and swimfit classes. We can cater for visiting schools wishing to hire out the pool, and also children's birthday parties!


Experienced swimming teachers and pool lifeguards are available at each session for all your needs.

Open Sessions:  Open sessions cater to all groups: there are sessions such as Children and Families, Relaxed Swims, Lane Swim, and Splash Tots, to give a range of comfortable swim times to a range of interests. 

Admissions Policy:

  • No child under the age of 8 is allowed in the pool without being supervised by a parent or carer, or responsible person over the age of 16.

  • We strongly recommend that all children under the age of 4 years who cannot swim should be supervised on a one-to-one basis.

  • Children over the age of 8 must change in the appropriate changing rooms.

  • Swimmers with disabilities: pool staff are not permitted to physically lift any disabled person into or out of the pool.



Active Scilly

The Wellbeing Centre Carn Gwaval for Sports Hall and Gym  Tel: 01720 424405

Normandy Swimming Pool Tel:  01720 424511


Further information

Active Scilly

Active Scilly Facebook:

Active Scilly Twitter @ActiveScilly

Learn Scilly




Learn Scilly is a Council of the Isles of Scilly service and offers a wide variety of courses both vocational & recreational for adults, young people, families, businesses and community organisations. 


Whether you want to keep your skills up to date, improve them to gain employment, move on at work, support self-employment or simply improve your wellbeing.


See what courses are available by visiting Learn Scilly in the Wellbeing Centre, phone or see the Learn Scilly Facebook page.


Careers and education advice

Information, Advice and Guidance, everyone has the ability and potential to develop and grow in their lives and careers.  We also understand that sometimes things get in the way and can hold you back.


Our Service aims to:

  • help you with careers decisions and planning

  • support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and to develop new goals

  • motivate you to implement your plan of action

  • enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools


Have you been made redundant and are you unsure of your next move? Are you returning to work from time out? We can help


Perhaps you have just finished college or university and are considering your next move.  You might be unhappy in your current job and ready for a change, but not sure what. You might have been out of work for a while and looking for job hunting tips.


Whatever your situation, whatever your barriers, we’re here to help you overcome them and reach your potential.


We can help you:

  • develop your CV

  • search and apply for jobs

  • understand the job market

  • search for courses and training schemes

  • find funding to support any learning

  • identify your key strengths and skills

  • explore your career options

  • choose training routes that fit your lifestyle

  • develop an action plan - this can help you achieve your goals

  • refer you to other useful organisations


We aim to give you the advice you need in the method you prefer. 

Phone advice:  Please ring 01720 424444 or leave a message and request a call back

Email advice:  Post any careers questions you have to

Face-to-face advice:  You can book an appointment to speak to an adviser 


Learner support

  • Learners may be eligible for 50% fee remission if in receipt of certain benefits.

  • Boating support may be available during daylight hours for off island residents.

  • Childcare costs may be available for a registered childminder or nursery for the duration of your training.

  • Learners over 16 years of age are offered support, information and advice.

  • Learners with SEND, please contact the Learn Scilly team to discuss how you can be supported.  The team can offer information, advice and guidance about the range of courses and options that are available to you.



Learn Scilly

Carn Gwaval Wellbeing Centre
St Mary's
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0NA    


Learn Scilly Tel: 01720 424444



Further information

Learn Scilly

Learn Scilly Facebook:

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Move Scilly


Move Scilly is a national lottery funded project based on the Isles of Scilly which aims to help families with at least one school-aged child (Year Reception to Year 11, so aged 4 to 16) to be more active, together.  The project runs until 2021.

Move Scilly organise and deliver a range of activities, including weekly (subsidised) family swims, short blocks of sports and outdoor activities, and bigger one-off events, such as lazer tag and climbing wall.

There is also some funding to buy equipment; to bring specialist coaches over from the mainland; to fund transport to activities (boats and taxis), and to support the training of project staff and community volunteers. To find out more about funding of transport to access activities please contact Move Scilly at  Alternatively you may be able to speak to someone at Children Services on 01720 424490.

It’s all about getting people (children AND their parents!) more active, in fun and innovative ways.  So the activities on offer might include things you haven’t tried before and some you wouldn’t expect—such as roller-skating; bike-riding-come-beach-cleaning; and fun nerf battles. We also use challenges and competitions to help families track their activity levels and support one another to do more.




Further information

Facebook:  Move Scilly

Twitter: @movescilly

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Youth Hub




Youth Hub meets every Monday evening during term time at the Sports Hall, Carn Gwaval Wellbeing Centre, St. Mary’s, for young people age 11 to 18 years of age.

We also organise occasional off site excursions and workshops.





Tel:  01720 424492

St. Mary’s Library




St. Mary’s Library is located at Porthcressa and membership is free of charge.  A range of library services are available, activities and events and Council of the Isles of Scilly Customer Hub.


There are regular events and activities held in the library:

  • Computer support (small fee) every Thursday, 10am to 12 noon

  • Story time, songs and crafts for the under 5s, monthly

  • University of the Third Age (U3A) meetings

  • Telling tales: adult storytelling/social event, fortnightly on Thursdays, 2pm to 3pm


  • 2 public access computers

  • Free Wi-Fi

  • Printing in black & white and colour (A4 & A3)

  • Colour photocopier (A4 & A3)

  • Laminating (A4 & A3)

  • Guillotine available for use

  • Tea and coffee


Disabled Access

  • Parking available at the front of the library

  • Automatic doors

  • Lift access to first floor



Tel: 01720 424499


Opening Hours

Monday         9am to 6.30pm

Tuesday        9am to 4.30pm

Wednesday   9am to 4.30pm

Thursday       9am to 4.30pm

Friday            9am to 4.30pm

Saturday       9.30am to 12.30pm

Sunday         CLOSED


Further information

St .Mary’s Library

St. Mary’s Library Facebook:

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Accessible Toilets and Changing Places

There are public toilets located around the islands with various levels of accessibility and aids.  There are no Changing Places on the Isles of Scilly. 

The Tourist Information Centre (TIC), Porthcressa St. Mary’s has public toilets including a disabled toilet with a RADAR key to access.  If you require a key then the TIC has one available during opening hours

Disabled toilets with audio description are located at St Mary’s airport, St. Mary’s Harbour and Tregarthan’s Hotel.

The public toilets on the Strand, St. Mary’s also has a separate disabled toilet.

The public are able to use toilet facilities at some cafes and restaurants, for example Old Town and the Atlantic Hotel have a disabled toilet available.  The Church Halls on St. Mary’s also have toilets with various levels of accessibility.

Public toilets are located on all the off islands.  St. Agnes quay, Bryher Church quay, Higher Town St. Martin’s, Tresco, New Grimsby quay.  There is also toilet and shower facilities available on Tresco near the Stores and Estate office area, however accessibility is limited.

Toilets are also be located at the off island community Halls and have various levels of accessibility for disabilities. 

Support with Technology


St. Mary’s Library

Offer regular drop in sessions offering support with your IT – every Thursday 10 to 12 noon.

There are RNIB talking books available, ask the Librarian for further details.

Learn Scilly

Have a range of courses available.

Learn Scilly

Carn Gwaval Wellbeing Centre
St Mary's
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0NA    


Learn Scilly Tel: 01720 424444


Learn Scilly

Learn Scilly Facebook:


Five Islands Academy has a range of links about online safety


Learn My Way 

This is a website that offers free online courses for beginners, helping you to develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.  Have a variety of courses including how to get the best out of online health services and improving your health online.  For example GP services and using the NHS website.



The Royal National Institute for the Blind RNIB, has about technology and useful products, there is a USB stick at St. Mary’s library with talking stories, speak to the librarian for further information.


Ability Net

Offer free online resources to help you get the best out of the digital world by using assistive technology and accessibility options for your devices.