What to expect at Cowes Week

Cowes Week kicks off on Saturday and runs through to the 15th August, where weekend sailors and Olympians will be competing in sailing competitions off the Isle of Wight.

Not only is Cowes Week the most well known sailing regatta in the world but it’s also the longest, with the inaugural event taking place in 1826 (making it 31 years older than our traditional brick kilns!).

As well as the racing there’s a vibrant social scene. You can expect parties, live music, acoustic sessions, entertainers, a wide selection of delicious food and drink and a unique festival atmosphere.

When it comes to dining out, Cowes offers an extensive range of places to visit including tapas bars and seafood restaurants, many offering panoramic views of the sea.

From daily fish specials including smoked salmon, Bembridge crab and lobster to modern European dining with a range of fish, lamb and steak dishes in Cowes old town, there’s a culinary option for everyone.

Many popup bars and restaurants also appear during Cowes Week where you’ll find everything from light snacks to three course meals.

It’s a chance to dine out, relax with friends and enjoy the sight of over a thousand boats all heading out to sea, all set against the stunning backdrop of Cowes.

*For our international readers, Cowes is a sailing port town on The Isle of Wight – a small and picturesque island off the south coast of England.