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Tickets are now on sale for the Walk Scilly Long Weekend which runs from 11th to 15th October across all five inhabited islands, and three uninhabited islands – Nornour, Teän and Samson. This year, the Walk Scilly Long Weekend features 24 guided walks, kicked off by a gentle welcome walk with resident ornithologist and naturalist Will Wagstaff and a fun welcome party on St. Mary’s. There’ll be shoreline forage and a hedgerow harvest walks, both offering tastings of your rich pickings, and a chance to turn bat detective on an evening walk using your very own bat detector kit. New for this year are some sensory and creative walks in collaboration with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust – including sound walks with sound artist Laura Denning, immersive flower walks with leading botanical artist Bee Watson and an extraordinary coastal walk with sand artist, Tony Plant. Elsewhere, enjoy walks with islanders keen to share their life’s experiences of living on a remote archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, explore St. Agnes Top to Toe, gaze up for a dark skies walk on St. Martin’s and a military history walk around the Garrison on St. Mary’s. Enjoy too, the rare opportunity to explore the uninhabited islands of Teän and Nornour with archaeologist Dr. Katharine Sawyer, taking in sites from Bronze Age burial chambers and an early medieval chapel and cemetery to houses from the 17th and 18th centuries on Teän, and a fascinating pre-historic settlement and Romano-British shrine on Nornour. And when you need to take the weight off your feet, step onboard MV Sapphire with skipper and wildlife photographer Joe Pender and birder and environment academic Dr. Rob Lambert (plus Bella the boat dog) for a marine meander around the archipelago in search of seabirds, wading birds, sea ducks, divers, grey seals and dolphins. David Jackson, Executive Director of the Islands' Partnership (Visit Isles of Scilly), says: “Autumn is a glorious time of year to visit Scilly. The wildlife is spectacular, with resident and migrating birds to spot, seal pups to catch sight of, and Scilly bees and bats to seek out. The hedgerows and shorelines are fantastic for foraging, too. We’re also delighted to add a creative element to this year’s programme, designed to enhance how walkers appreciate Scilly’s stunning natural environment. All in all, our Walk Scilly Long Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to truly explore this special season on Scilly.” Isles of Scilly Travel is offering a 10% discount on travel to the islands for Walk Scilly Weekend... (by using the WLK18 code when booking). For more information about the walks and how to book, go to www.visitislesofscilly.com/walkscilly.

Upcoming Events

  • Tue
    22
    Oct
    2013
    9.30am-11.30pmChurch Hall, Church Street

    This will be first AGM since the IP was formed last year.  Wolf Rock, the Islands’ marketing consultants will also make a presentation of their approach to marketing the islands. The board will report on activities for the past year including the usual matters of finance and governance.  It will also be the first opportunity for members to elect their own representatives to the Board of Directors, with four of the current Directors retiring from office.  

  • Thu
    24
    Oct
    2013
    8pm - 9pmIn your own home!

    FREE and open to all: Claire Jarrett is well-known for her real-time, online seminars or "webinars". This one is designed to help small businesses learn how to set up a marketing campaign on Facebook, even if you are new to it, and how to how to build a fan base.  You'll need to register in advance on www.clairejarrett.com/facebookwebinar. There may be a bit of a hard sell for services at the end - because she offers the webinar for free - but you can just log out at that stage!  

  • Thu
    07
    Nov
    2013
    8:00 pmHeadland Hotel, Newquay

    The IP supported nine Scillonian businesses in their applications to the Cornwall Tourism Awards. Four made it to the finals - Hell Bay Hotel (Small Hotel of the Year), Juliet’s Garden Restaurant (Café and tearoom of the Year), The New Inn Tresco (Pub of the Year), and St Martin’s Dive School (Tourism Activity, Sport & Experience of the Year) - and we'll be wishing them lots of luck this evening when the overall winners are announced.

  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2013
    10.00-13.00IP Office

    Strategy meeting

  • Thu
    21
    Nov
    2013
    11.30am-1.30pmTregarthen's Hotel, St Mary's

    Meeting and lunch for IP members to learn more about Get Set For Growth, a new initiative to help small businesses with finance, and marketing & sales.

  • Mon
    25
    Nov
    2013
    2.00-3.30pmIP Office

    Meeting to discuss Walk Scilly and the creation of more events to boost tourism calendar.  Any member wanting to be involved should contact the IP office.

  • Thu
    28
    Nov
    2013
    10.30am -12.30pmLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    Short practical training session to get you started on Twitter: creating an account, understanding how it works, using it as an effective marketing tool…

  • Wed
    11
    Dec
    2013
    10.30am - 2.00pmTregarthen's Hotel, St Mary's

    Informal gathering and networking opportunity for IP members.  Listen to short, informative presentations and business advice from invited guest speakers, including Robin Barker for Services for Tourism which managed the recent Cornwall Tourism Awards. 

  • Thu
    12
    Dec
    2013
    10.00 - 1.00pmIP Office

    Strategy Meeting

  • Mon
    23
    Dec
    2013
    12pm-3pmIP Office, Hugh Town

    Come and collect your copy of the Visit Isles of Scilly 2014 brochure, and chat with the IP directors and staff about the new look and branding.  We'll have a glass of wine and a mince pie waiting for you, too!

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