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5 things to do in Cowes

Yachts, yachts and more yachts

Cowes Yacht Haven, Cowes

Cowes Yacht Haven, Cowes

No visit to Cowes would be complete without seeing a few yachts, so head to Cowes Yacht Haven late in the afternoon, to see the yachts return after a day’s sailing. During Cowes Week the whole town comes alive, and the Yacht Haven is full of yachts and their crews celebrating or commiserating after their races. There are also lots of hospitality areas with a huge choice of food and drink, live bands playing throughout the day and evening, and of course the usual shopping opportunities.

A Royal holiday home

Osborne House, East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Osborne House, East Cowes

One of the most visited places on the Isle of Wight, Osborne House was Queen Victoria’s holiday home by the sea, where she spent many happy times with Prince Albert and their nine children. The house provides an insight into how the Royal family lived, also take a walk throught the 340 acres of grounds and visit Queen Victoria’s private beach. Osborne House is in East Cowes, which can be reached by chain ferry from West Cowes, or by road from Newport or Ryde. For opening times and prices, visit Osborne House

A refreshing stroll to Gurnard

Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, Isle of Wight

Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes

For an easy walk, leave the Royal Yacht Squadron, and stroll west along the Esplanade to Gurnard. There’s always plenty of sailing activity on the Solent as you walk along, and if you’re lucky you may see a cruise ship heading off on its journey out of Southampton. Gurnard is a quiet village with beach huts, fisherman’s cottages and fantastic views of the Solent. Visit the Waters Edge Beach Cafe for a delicious lunch, coffee and cake or a refreshing ice cream before you head back to Cowes.

Not just for sailing gear

Bath Road shops and galleries Cowes

Bath Road shops and galleries Cowes

The narrow streets of Cowes offer plenty of shopping opportunities, with plenty of local quirky shops as well as more well known brands. Of course, there’s plenty of chance to kit yourself out for your next sailing trip, but there are also several galleries, clothing shops and of course gift shops. For gorgeous jewellery and unique home accessories, visit Drift. For gifts and accessories, visit Live Like This

A great night out in Cowes

Cowes shops, restaurants and pubs, Isle of Wight

Cowes shops, restaurants and pubs

At the end of the day, the yachting crews are back in town from their day’s sailing, which can make for quite a lively scene in Cowes. There’s plenty of choice of pubs, restaurants and bars, most places are local, which gives a unique feel to the town. Top choices are Mojacs for fantastic food in a relaxing atmosphere, and The Anchor for a traditional pub with a lively atmosphere.