Cowes Week is not only a huge Isle of Wight event, it’s also one of the biggest sporting events in the UK. It sees hundreds of boats make their way across the Solent to take part in races with up to forty taking place every day throughout the week. More than a thousand boats take part overall, making this the biggest sailing regatta in the world.
This annual regatta is usually held in August, and sees the picturesque port of Cowes come to life as visitors roam its cobbled streets and the coastline is lined with spectators watching the action out at sea. Competitors in the event range from amateurs to Olympic champions, and even if you prefer to enjoy the fun on dry land there are plenty of onshore ways to join in.
The programme always includes activities for children, live entertainment and raffles, and it’s all eyes to the sky when the Red Arrows swoop in for their annual display. There’s always a Family Day that’s dedicated to parents and children visiting for the regatta, and other highlights include Ladies Day, the fireworks (trust us, they’re always something to be seen!) and displays out on the water.
8th - 15th August.