“On Wednesday 24 October 2012, our next Citizenship for Life event was to go to the Isles of Scilly to learn about tourism on the islands. This trip turned out to be very interesting and very educational.Our day began when our bus arrived in Penzance and we boarded the Scillonian III at about 8.00 am.
The crossing was quite choppy, but we arrived safely in Hugh Town, St Mary’s at about 12.00 noon. We walked to the Rotary Club in Hugh Town, where we ate a huge lunch and then had a presentation about tourism on the islands from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company. This included information about life on the islands and employment and apprenticeship opportunities in tourism on the Isles of Scilly.
After lunch we went on a long up-hill walk to the Star Hotel. It gets its name from being in a star-shaped castle built for Queen Elizabeth I. We toured the hotel facilities and were told about their customers and about wedding receptions, and then we had a presentation from Classic Cottages about running a holiday lettings business.
The Scillonian III was due to leave by 4.00 pm, so we returned to the harbour and began our return journey to Cornwall, arriving in Penzance by about 7.00 pm.
As always with Citizenship for Life, it was a long day, but we saw and learned a lot of new things.