Weather Brings Out Crowds For Unique Low Tide Event

Photo by Tresco Estate.

Photo by Tresco Estate.

Scilly enjoyed some of the best weather in Britain for yesterday’s Bank Holiday and it doubled the expected turnout for the first low tide lunch and live music event in the Tresco Channel.

Tresco Estate had expected around 100 people to walk out to the sand bar, revealed by the midday 0.2 metre low water.

Instead, up to 400 locals and visitors made the journey to hear Jess Lawson sing, play croquet, eat mussels or buy Scilly seafood from Amanda Pender’s Island Fish stall.

Tom Matthews from Tresco Estate said one gentleman who made the journey out was 90 years old and a first time visitor to Scilly. “He was chuffed!” said Tom.

The tide waits for nobody and the event wrapped up two hours later, before the 6m high water covered the channel.

Tom says they’re really pleased at the reaction received from islanders and visitors alike. “This event was all about making people’s holiday to Scilly truly special and memorable,” he said.

It was a perfect day to mark the official last day of summer in the Met Office calendar.

And Scilly was lucky – some parts of the country endured weather more typical of a British Bank Holiday with heavy downpours and a warning of a fortnight’s worth of rain falling in one day in some places.