Local guide to Cowes… 28 Mar 2022
Possibly the most famous town on the Isle of Wight, Cowes is known the world over and is synonymous with sailing. Famous for the world’s oldest sailing regatta, Cowes Week is biggest regatta in the world. The first official regatta was held in 1812, then 14 years later, on August 10th in 1826, the Royal Yacht Squadron formally organised three days of racing in the waters of the Solent which has grown to become the Cowes Week of today. Enjoy this, as well as the spectacles of Round the Island Race, Cowes is a lively town in the summer months and is still popular with locals during the winter.
The high street is packed with boutique shops, pubs (with some of the next live music on the Island) restaurants and of course, a chandlery, keeping the sailors of the town well-stocked.
Many locals make use of the long and flat walk that links Cowes and Gurnard, and here you will find many joggers, families picnicking or just soaking up the atmosphere at ‘the green’, watching the boats sail by and the sun setting behind the row of beach huts.
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Straight from a Cowes local, we asked a quickfire round of their favourite places in the town: