{"LocationDetails":{"Id":104,"Name":"Cowes","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to holidays in Cowes\u0026nbsp;\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eCowes is a divided town. On the west is Cowes and on the other side of the Medina is East Cowes. At the head of the entrance to the harbour is Egypt Point, the perfect place to spend a warm afternoon watching the sailing boats and the activity on the Solent. If you plan your visit to coincide with the annual Round-the-Island-Race, Egypt Point is the best vantage point - so make sure you get there early.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u003cbr /\u003e\r\nThere is a floating bridge which operates between the two Cowes, although named Floating Bridge no.6, there was high public opinion that it should be renamed Floaty McFloatface \u0026ndash; whether that happens is still under debate but this community attitude points towards the delightful character of the people who live here on the magnificent Isle of Wight.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003ePlaces to visit in Cowes\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eA visit to Cowes library on Beckford Road will reveal a hidden gem in the form of Cowes Maritime Museum. The fact that it\u0026rsquo;s free to enter is a bonus too. You will find maritime history connecting the Isle of Wight to the Tsar of Russia, the hovercraft invention and development and around 400 years of history including the flying boats. The Maritime Museum houses models and photographs covering sailing and boat building and, if the rain should fall, is a perfect place to spend a few hours.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you enjoy a picnic how about spending some time in Northwood Park? Like most of the Isle of Wight, Northwood Park is dog-friendly so there is no reason not to include your four-legged friend in your holiday. The trees give a nice shade in the heat of the day and the flower beds provide an attractive focal point as well as some sweet smelling plant life. You can feel as if you are a part of Downton while seated at one of the picnic tables provided, looking towards the stately house.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou can avail yourself of the range of amenities at Northwood Park including the pitch and putt course or the tennis courts. There is also great parking facilities and you could also enjoy a lovely cream tea with the added bonus of it being served on china plates! Northwood House offers a range of indoor functions during Cowes week as well.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eCowes beaches\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor a quieter swim or relax on a sunny beach you won\u0026rsquo;t go far wrong by heading to East Cowes beach. Heading along the Esplanade, which is conveniently situated at the back of the beach, there is a children\u0026rsquo;s adventure playground, convenient parking \u0026ndash; nearer the town end there is a charge but further up its free parking. There is a wooded area which is popular with walkers too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach is mostly stone and shingle and does get totally covered when the tide is in. By going west on the other side of the harbour, there is the beach at Princes Parade. This beach is not really suitable for swimming but there is plenty to watch so make use of one of the benches which line the parade or take a picnic blanket and settle on the grassed area. The parking along Prices Parade is all chargeable.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eCowes restaurants\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor a jolly good lunch, how about a visit to Tiffins of Cowes? Located in the High Street and backing onto the marina, it\u0026rsquo;s a perfect place to eat for all the family. Enjoy a sandwich or soups, filled baguettes, hot main meals and cakes to die for. No need to book, just walk into Tiffins which is in a convenient location and has great food. Alternatively, another dog-friendly place to eat and enjoy is The Anchor. Great pub food \u0026ndash; from a juicy steak to seafood. It\u0026rsquo;s a lively pub and the beers not bad either. If you are lucky enough to coincide your visit with one of their live band nights you won\u0026rsquo;t be disappointed.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"cowes","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/Racing off Cowes.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Isle of Wight Walking Festival ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWalkers have trudged their way to the Isle of Wight for its annual walking festival for 15 years, and it always includes a packed programme of walks and events to suit all fitness levels and interests. This award-winning festival is all about enjoying the views of the island, walking and meeting new people, and its imaginative themes and walks keep it fresh every May and October.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou can choose from easy, moderate and difficult walks to that you won\u0026rsquo;t be left puffing at the back of the group, and the themes included guided fossil walks, special ones for children and even speed dating walks (which now boast 3 weddings as a result!).\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re seeking views and fresh air rather than romance, the event also includes woodland, coastal and informative walks over a period of 16 days. 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The zoo park is a relaxing rainforest experience, with the chance to see over 200 species of animal as you explore. The zoo park is home to hundreds of rare breeds and exotic species, so it\u0026#39;s a place to see quirky creatures and everything from the weird to the wonderful.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are so many species in the park that even the staff are certain how many there are, but when they last counted there were more than two hundred. Amazon World Zoo Park houses primates, penguins, parrots, Kinkajou (we\u0026rsquo;re not sure either!) and many more unusual animals from around the world.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026#39;s always rewarding to see the kids learning while they enjoy a day out, and the keepers\u0026#39; talks around the park enable them to find out everything there is to know about the animals. Look out for displays during your visit too, as they\u0026#39;re a great way to see the animals. 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The sand almost reaches the very end of the pier at low tide, and there are numerous points along the promenade where you can access the pleasure beaches.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eVisitors can hire all the essentials for a day on the sand such as deckchairs, windbreaks and sun loungers, and if you want to take to the water and show off your skills at various watersports head to the eastern end of the beach.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eRyde Beach is easily reached from the town centre, either on foot, by car or bus. Boat trips operate from the beach to various parts of the island, and the many things to do nearby make it great fun for all ages. 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Just a short walk from the centre of Cowes, the beach has a promenade that\u0026rsquo;ll have you feeling all nostalgic and the kind of sweeping views we\u0026rsquo;ve all come to know and love the Wight for.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach is easy to reach however you decide to travel to it, and you\u0026rsquo;ll not only have a great view of the yachting action over in Cowes but you\u0026rsquo;ll also find a play area for the children and shops and cafes nearby. There are some fantastic woodland walks nearby, so why not use the beach as a starting point for one of the Isle of Wight walks you\u0026rsquo;ve been planning to do?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is mostly a shingle beach, so we\u0026rsquo;d recommend it for a stroll or for watching the children let off steam beside the seam, and there\u0026rsquo;s a seasonal dog ban. 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More than a thousand boats take part overall, making this the biggest sailing regatta in the world.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis 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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe programme always includes activities for children, live entertainment and raffles, and it\u0026rsquo;s all eyes to the sky when the Red Arrows swoop in for their annual display. There\u0026rsquo;s always a Family Day that\u0026rsquo;s dedicated to parents and children visiting for the regatta, and other highlights include Ladies Day, the fireworks (trust us, they\u0026rsquo;re always something to be seen!) and displays out on the water.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cdiv\u003e\r\n\t\u0026nbsp;\u003c/div\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.7617,"LocationLongitude":-1.29715,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/mikeD/2013/08/Racing off Cowes.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/cowes/cowes-week","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/mikeD/2013/08/Racing off Cowes.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Last Night of the Osborne Proms","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThis elegant event on the Isle of Wight is one of its most popular events and for many it wouldn\u0026rsquo;t be summer without it. The Last Night of the Osborne Proms is the perfect excuse to pack a picnic and your favourite bottle of wine and settle down for an evening of superb music and a good old sing song.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra always delight the crowds, and what better place for a rousing evening of music than in the grounds of Queen Victoria\u0026rsquo;s seaside home? There\u0026rsquo;s always a great atmosphere amidst the audience and as well as all the usual songs you\u0026rsquo;ll also hear surprises such as music from Harry Potter and other popular films.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe evening always concludes with a beautiful firework display, so if you can make this event during a stay on the island it\u0026rsquo;ll be a special evening you\u0026rsquo;ll remember for a long time. Oh, and one thing\u0026rsquo;s pretty much compulsory \u0026ndash; waving your miniature flag throughout! The usual favourites are guaranteed, such as Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Pomp and Circumstance.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe concert is always held outside, so it\u0026rsquo;s dependent on dry weather \u0026ndash; it\u0026rsquo;s best to check the official website for details in the run up to the event once you\u0026rsquo;ve purchased tickets.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cdiv\u003e\r\n\t\u0026nbsp;\u003c/div\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.7504,"LocationLongitude":-1.26944,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/12/violin.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/cowes/last-night-of-the-osborne-proms","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/12/violin.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Isle of Wight Festival","Body":"\u003cdiv\u003e\r\n\t\u003cdiv\u003e\r\n\t\t\u003cdiv\u003e\r\n\t\t\t\u003cdiv property=\"content:encoded\"\u003e\r\n\t\t\t\t\u003cp\u003eThe island pulsates with noise each summer as The Isle of Wight Festival and its thousands of fans arrive for another celebration of music. This famous Isle of Wight event is held at Newport and has now run for more than 15 years. It plays host to some of the music scene\u0026rsquo;s biggest names, with acts scrambling to headline in this unique location, and this is one of those festivals that\u0026rsquo;s loved for its atmosphere as much as the live entertainment.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\t\t\t\t\u003cp\u003eWho says festivals mean curling up in a tent at the end of the night? There\u0026rsquo;s a campsite for those who enjoy the full festival experience, although non resident tickets are available and the ferries run 24 hours over the festival period so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to get back to the mainland or your accommodation whenever you\u0026rsquo;re ready. If you make a break of it and stay on the island you\u0026rsquo;ll find bus services operate as normal.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\t\t\t\t\u003cp\u003eThe Isle of Wight has a long history with the live music scene, and one of Jimi Hendrix\u0026rsquo;s last performances was held on the island. The festival attracts the biggest acts around each year, as well as the odd blast from the past, so there\u0026rsquo;s something for everyone.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\t\t\t\u003c/div\u003e\r\n\t\t\u003c/div\u003e\r\n\t\u003c/div\u003e\r\n\u003c/div\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7086,"LocationLongitude":-1.28674,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/Bestival 2.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"newport-country/cowes/the-isle-of-wight-festival","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/Bestival 2.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Little Gloster Restaurant","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Little Gloster Restaurant is a little way out from the hustle and bustle (it\u0026rsquo;s in Gurnard) and it stands apart from the crowd in every way. With gorgeous views across the Solent the restaurant specialises in Scandinavian-influenced food taught to the owner by his Danish grandmother, and it offers a warm atmosphere throughout the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like your food honest and simple you\u0026rsquo;ll be in your element when you see the menu, it\u0026rsquo;s kept purposefully simple to showcase all the flavours of the local produce. Here\u0026rsquo;s a little tip if you\u0026rsquo;re planning on visiting, time your meal for a sunset as the sight of the sun melting into the water makes whichever dish you choose even more special.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Little Gloster always inspires warm reviews on TripAdvisor, with diners describing the relaxing setting, the welcoming service and one even describes it as \u0026ldquo;a hidden gem\u0026rdquo;.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you happen to find yourself on the island for Cowes week book a table for lunch one day as you\u0026rsquo;ll have a great view of the racing while you dine. 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The palace and its gardens are much as they were when Victoria and her nine children enjoyed their summers there, so the tour means visitors get to glimpse behind the public image and into the private lives of the family.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe private rooms of the royal couple remain untouched, and it\u0026rsquo;s easy to imagine the children playing in the nurseries. This is an attraction with history and heart, so don\u0026rsquo;t miss the chance to visit during your Isle of Wight holiday. After her first trip to the Isle of Wight Queen Victoria famously said \u0026ldquo;it\u0026rsquo;s impossible to imagine a prettier spot\u0026rdquo;, and the views of the Solent from the terraces make it easy to understand why she fell in so love with it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt isn\u0026rsquo;t only the house that\u0026rsquo;s impressive, the grounds also include Queen Victoria\u0026rsquo;s private beach and it\u0026rsquo;s only just recently opened to the public. This is the very spot where the queen would bathe, and the children were taught to swim in the waters here. Look out for the bathing machine which offered the queen privacy whilst changing.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe grounds are so expansive that it\u0026rsquo;s easy to forget where you are, but you\u0026rsquo;ll be reminded of just how important the house once was when you catch sight of the miniature Swiss Cottage - built specially for the children, as they were taught the art of managing a household in it. 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These days, the castle is used by visitors as a picturesque picnic spot, thanks to its elevated views across the shimmering Solent, and it\u0026rsquo;s a fun day out by the sea.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe rooms inside the imposing castle have been carefully furnished to demonstrate how they would have looked during the 16\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century and there\u0026rsquo;s an interesting exhibition on the many unfortunate shipwrecks that have taken place in the dangerous stretch of sea that can be seen from the site.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYarmouth Castle may have been the last of Henry VIII\u0026rsquo;s castle, but it was also the most advances, and visitors can still see the pioneering \u0026lsquo;arrowhead\u0026rsquo; artillery bastion that was the first of its kind in the country when it was completed.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe castle is open to the public between 29\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e March and 31\u003csup\u003est\u003c/sup\u003e October (including bank holidays) and assistance dogs are welcome inside. There\u0026rsquo;s a car park nearby (under five minutes\u0026rsquo; walk), a shop and dogs are welcome in the grounds on leads. 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The castle is very much intact (considering it endured a siege by the French and saw off the Spanish Armada) and it\u0026rsquo;s one of the best family attractions on the Isle of Wight.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOwned by English Heritage, the castle is great fun for all ages and the resident donkeys are always pleased to see friendly faces. Once used to draw up water in the castle\u0026rsquo;s well house, the donkeys are used to demonstrate the historic tread wheel, but they spend most of their time enjoying the landscape and greeting visitors.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Princess Beatrice Gardens have been newly landscaped and designed by TV presenter and gardener Chris Beardshaw, and they were once a secluded haven for the daughter of Queen Victoria. Their Edwardian style makes them a charming place for a wander, and thanks to the former presenter of Gardener\u0026rsquo;s World the gardens reflect the period when the princess lived at Carisbrooke Castle.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe castle housed King Charles I from 1647 \u0026ndash; 1648 following the English Civil War, and he was caught trying to escape when he became stuck between the window bars. If you fancy playing a game of bowls as the king himself did during his captivity you can play on the lawns. 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