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Cowes Week 2023, Isle of Wight

29 July 2023 - 4 August 2023

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Since 1826, Cowes Week has been an essential entry in the English summer calendar, alongside Wimbledon and the Henley Regatta.

Of its type, the largest sailing regatta in the world and one of Britain’s longest running sporting events, each day as many as 800 boats, with yachtsman ranging from Olympians to the weekend sailor, will compete in 40 races throughout Cowes week.

More than 100,000 spectators are expected to descend upon the small town of Cowes on the north of the Isle of Wight for the festival, and you can be assured that the party will carry well on into the night with live music, DJs and an excess of Pimms flowing, in that unique Cowes ambience.

When is the Cowes Week 2023

The 2023 Week will be from 29 July to 4 August.

Things To Do on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight has a wonderful history with Carisbroke Castle, where King Charles I was locked up prior to his execution, and Queen Victoria’s beloved Osborne House both run by English Heritage and open to the public. Read more about what you can do on the island in Isle of Wight Holidays: Walks, Pubs and Victoria.

Isle of Wight Ferry

Unless you are an island resident, you will have to catch one of the Isle of Wight ferries, such as Red Funnel Ferries and Wight Link Ferries. It is advisable to book as early as possible. Book here.

Isle of Wight Accommodation

If you are looking for accommodation on the island during your stay, please use our Hotel Booking Portal. It will cost you nothing extra, but the small commission we take helps with the running of this website.

Isle of Wight Festival Season

Cowes Week is just one of many festivals on the island. Other festivals include: Isle of Wight Walking Festival, the Isle of Wight Festival, Ventnor Fringe and the Isle of Wight Literary Festival.

For more information on Cowes Week

Clicke here. Cover photo by Paul Wyeth,

Further ideas on hings to do on the Isle of Wight

For more information on things to do on the Isle of Wight, try the Visit Isle of Wight website.


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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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