Pavilion Will ‘Steal The Show’ Says Islands Partnership

islands partnership logoThe Islands’ Partnership has announced details of Scilly’s Pavilion at next month’s Royal Cornwall Show in Wadebridge.

The 60 foot by 40 foot wooden building will be brightly decorated on the outside and house a range of exhibits covering farming, food, the AONB, Tresco Estate and the Steamship Company.

Islands Partnership manager, Amanda Pender, says it promises to be a ‘blue and vibrant oasis in the middle of a show which tends to be somewhat green and brown’ and it’s been designed to stand out from the crowd.

It’s the first time the various islands’ tourism organisations have exhibited at the show under a single roof.

Amanda says the aim is to showcase Scilly by literally recreating the island experience in miniature and thinks the pavilion will ‘steal the show.’

Dave Meneer, who is co-ordinating the pavilion, says it’s an upbeat promotion that will remind people that even though the helicopter service has been withdrawn, getting to the islands is still easy.

And being at the show is an ideal way of telling the people of Cornwall that the Isles of Scilly are right on their doorstep, he says.

A different competition each day will offer the prize of a holiday on the islands.

130,000 visitors are expected to attend the show, which runs from 6th-8th June.

Amanda Pender says the Partnership is holding the last of a series of roadshows on St Mary’s on the 15th May

It’s an opportunity for the residents of St Mary’s to learn more about the aims of the Partnership, what they’ve been doing and what’s planned for the rest of 2013. There will also be a question and answer session following the presentation.

It starts at 5.30pm in the Church Hall.

6 Responses to Pavilion Will ‘Steal The Show’ Says Islands Partnership

  1. John Smith May 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    What a negative view some Mainlanders have. Scilly is still a great place to come on holiday. Spectacular scenery both on & off land. A perfect place to unwind. Safe for children. As far as getting here is concerned I fail to see the problem. We’ve just had thousands of people here for the World Pilot Gig Championships. The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company were able to get them here & back with great efficiency. Adverse weather can affect air travel whether it’s here or the mainland, the size of the airport is irrelevant. Either you want to come here or not.

    Finally Mr Diamond I found your comment regarding the Coop staff totally inaccurate & insulting, I shop there regularly & the staff work very hard for a considerably low wage. You’d be surprised how helpful they are when you treat them in a civil manner.

    • Kev Wright May 11, 2013 at 10:16 am


      Scilly IS a great place to stay – no question. The Steamship Company did a great job of getting the boats and people here for gig weekend.

      However, Scilly is the ONLY place where you can come for the World Pilot Gig Championships and most rowers will go out of their way to get here – whether it be paying over the odds, sleeping on people’s floors… anything.

      Scilly is NOT the only place for people to come on holiday. And the worst part of the holiday is travelling. People will most likely love the place when they get here but many can fly further, to warmer places, for much less cost and much more easily. This is the problem that needs addressing.

      I agree with you about the Co-Op staff. No complaints from me there.

  2. Mike Fancourt May 10, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Hi,, Not sure I like the sound of what I’m reading here. Have not been to Scilly for many years but am making a hopefully nostalgic trip next week. Already surprised to hear there is currently no pub on st. Martins. Hope we’re not going to be dissapointed.

  3. Mike May 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Alison

    If you ring me on 01720 422407 – I can give you some contacts or contact the Tourist Information Centre who will have lists of vacancies. Easy

  4. Alison Allen May 9, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I’ve just tried to book accomodation for my family with school age children incorporating the late October one week half term school holiday through one of your agencies. I need a Saturday to Saturday let but the vast majority of properties are weekday lets. There appears to be no flexibilty from the agency/owners so I’m beginning to wonder whether Scilly actually wants families (and people in full-time employment for that matter) to visit? No wonder your tourist industry is going downhill!!

  5. Bob Diamond May 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    And the average household income in Cornwall is…?

    Come on guys, this is plastering over a crevice. Another set of holiday makers to turn up, see the islands is over-priced to get to, eat on, stay on, and then go back and tell a load of people that ‘it was ok, but we’re not going back’.

    We just had a glorious gig weekend, and hundreds of people are going back to Cornwall as happy chappies. But it’s back to square 1 now. There are no hot pork rolls (which cost £4.80 btw), there is no big tent selling cheap grub, there are no late night openings in the pubs, there is no Steamship Band playing on the street corner, the Co-Op staff aren’t busting a gut to get things on the shelf, and we’ve gone from a double sailing to no sailing at all today.

    I’m sick of the islands being taken for a ride by corporates. Bob Meneer, the floor is yours.

    Who am I? An islander, that’s who. I’ve got a lot more at stake than you have.