Although I’m run off my feet in the shop during Cowes Week, there is really nothing like the atmosphere it brings. All the people and the music, it’s brilliant!
Mel, Manager of Grace’s Bakery Cowes
It is that wonderful time of year again when Cowes really comes to life. Over the next six days, both the waters and the streets will be filled with over
100,000 people excited to watch, or take part in, the largest sailing regatta in the world…and we can’t wait to get in the mix! Looking at the schedule, there are lots of things we’re looking forward to this year.
Top of our list has to be ‘Family Day’ on Sunday 3rd. With an abundance of free and discounted activities and events, all of the family will be able to make the most of Cowes week. Throughout the day Wight Stars will be holding circus and theatre workshops at the Cowes Yacht Haven; and for those ‘cut and pasters’ out there, children’s flag making, colouring and painting competitions will also be taking place throughout lunchtime. If you’re brave, Jack FM will be holding air guitar competitions and a buzz-wire challenge on Cowes Parade. You can also get the whole family out on the water with UKSA, where they will be offering one hour sailing tuition for just £5 each!
There are tons of events and activities to keep an eye out for throughout the week. Ladies Day on Thursday 7th will be celebrating women in sailing, where they will be awarding a trophy that recognizes the outstanding contribution, commitment, or achievement of women in sailing. Throughout the weekend there will be the chance to climb the mast of the Gypsy Moth IV or you even enter a team into the Gutter Boat Racing competitions.
Northwood House will be holding some offbeat experiences too. New for this year is a giant 100ft wheel, providing a stunning view of the Cowes Week action across the town. If all the bustle gets a bit too much for you, Northwood House will be hosting some great chilled out experiences. There will be yoga in the stables, a vintage afternoon tea party by Wight Vintage, a chilled out Lawn Lounge complete with live music from Platform One and even an outdoor showing of The Goonies.
We’re especially excited for the music this year, with bands from a broad range of genres there is definitely something for every taste. Cowes week provides a chance to listen to some fresh sounds from local up-and-coming bands. One notable act, however, will definitely be Fleetwood Bac on Sunday 3rd. Fleetwood Bac are (obviously) a Fleetwood Mac tribute band that have played all over the place, including the Bestival main stage last year. They are even endorsed by Mick Fleetwood himself – worth a watch!
Certainly lots to get excited for! In celebration of Cowes week we’re offering a great ‘Crew Special’ meal deal where you can pick up a sandwich, doughnut and a drink* for just £3.50 or go large and get a sub for just £3.99! Come pay us a visit during Cowes week to get yours!
*Water or canned drink