Vintage photo of Cowes

Cowes week is now more than just a sailing regatta and is a great event to attend even if you’re not the ‘yachty’ type! Shoreside events include a diverse entertainment programme, meaning even the most difficult to please in the family will find something to enjoy at the event.  

Evolving enormously since 1826, now between 800 and 1,000 boats in up to forty different handicaps with a complete mixture of classic and ultra-modern designs that gives the regatta its uniqueness.  If you didn’t like sailing beforehand, you definitely will now!

Cowes yacht haven entertainment at night

A festival atmosphere runs throughout the streets during Cowes Week, with the heart of the action found at the Cowes Yacht Haven, home to live music, DJ’s and bars.

Land Rover will be back with their Land Rover Experience – try one of the newest models yourself, with access from the High Street and Town Quay you can find other old favourites including the Fever-Tree bar, food court and a wide range of stalls.

With Live Entertainment on stage throughout the week till late each evening, the Yacht Haven is the place to be, with official Cowes Week merchandise also available from the onsite Musto shop.

You can get into the Yacht Haven free all week, with the exception of the fireworks on Friday where entry after 6 pm will be £5.00 per person.

Bars on the parade seafront

The parade village is the perfect waterfront location to enjoy a drink with some spectacular views of all the action on the water.  The Spinnaker Bar is home to even more live music with Weterhall Rum and Slingsby Gin making their home on the waterfront for the event.  

Find shopping and other experiences around the parade during the week, with many sponsors of the event providing various experiences and demonstrations.  Make sure you keep an eye (and an ear) out for the starting guns fired from the regal Royal Yacht Squadron.

Hospitality at Northwood house

Need to escape the hustle and bustle?  Northwood House is home to some of the more relaxed areas of Cowes Week.  Offering a more chilled out vibe, you can lounge on the lawn and enjoy all the sporting action from afar with a cocktail in hand.  Northwood House is also one of the perfect locations to stop by and enjoy the fireworks without getting into the crowds around the town.

Fireworks at Cowes

Since the very earliest days of the regatta, the fantastic fireworks display has been held on the final Friday of the week. The tradition continues today and the festival atmosphere of the night is viewed by many as an integral part of the event, therefore make sure you get their early to get a good spot.  You can watch the fireworks from all along the seafront, right the way from Gurnard through to East Cowes.

Cowes Week is a unique Isle of Wight event, that really does have something for the whole family.  Sometimes it can be a struggle to find somewhere to stay during the event, especially in the town of Cowes.  

Take the hassle out of finding somewhere to stay, and enjoy a sea view from another side of the Island.  Shanklin is just a short bus journey or car ride away from Cowes and you can even spot some of the competitor’s races that go through the South Wight from our apartments.  Speak to our friendly team about booking your next Isle of Wight holiday or short break now.