03 Aug2018

Cowes Week 2018

Cowes Week is much more than a sailing regatta

Cowes Week sailors relaxing at East Cowes Marina on the Isle of Wight.
A sailing team enjoy drinks at the Lifeboat pub overlooking East Cowes Marina

Cowes Week 2018

If you're coming to the Isle of Wight for Cowes Week, then you're going to have a great time, whatever the weather!

East Cowes Marina is a hub for racers with crews from family cruisers to state-of-the-art race boats enjoying a friendly and relaxing environment away from the hustle of Cowes town. The Lifeboat pub does a cracking service all week with all day food and live music. This year there is a free waterbus service between the marina and Shephards, and the water taxis will be busy all day long.

The highlight of the week for many (away from the racing) is the Red Arrows display on Friday, followed by the traditional fireworks, but there is something on every day. The best place to watch is from the Parade or the Green, but it will be crowded.

Northwood House in Cowes is a beautiful location and slightly off the beaten track, although just minutes from the water. There is a big wheel, traditional fairground rides, a relaxing bar, and most importantly (for us), a gin festival. These are open all day every day and you can enjoy afternoon tea on the lawns too.

Cowes Parade overlooks the harbour and has a tent village of stalls and bars. Walk towards the Royal Yacht Squadron and you can watch the starts and finishes (watch out for the cannon), or wander further west and sit on the Green with a picnic.

Most of the live entertainment, the beer tent and big screen takes place in the Yacht Haven, so you can pop in for a pint while you're browsing the eclectic mix of High Street shops. If you're in need of sustenance and don't fancy a food van, then the High Street has everything you could desire, but we would recommend booking for evening meals.

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