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Cowes Week is the biggest yachting regatta in the world, with family-friendly activities both on and off the water. You can save by booking Cowes Week accommodation at our Rookley or St Helens resorts, with cottages and caravans available.

When is Cowes Week 2018?

Cowes Week 2018 dates and 2019-2021 from the official Lendy Cowes Week website:

2018: Saturday 4th - Saturday 11th August

2019: Saturday 10th - Saturday 17th August

2020: Saturday 8th - Saturday 15th August

2021: Saturday 31st July - Saturday 7th August


When are Cowes Week Fireworks 2018?

Friday 10th August 2018


What is Lendy Cowes Week?

Cowes Week is the oldest and largest sailing regatta in the world, which started way back in 1826. Cowes is a small town with a mix of modern and traditional architecture that tumbles down the western bank of the River Medina, at the point where it reaches the sea. It’s a picturesque British seaside resort which plays host to the prestige and international fame of the world’s premier regatta. From 2017-2019, the event takes on the name of its sponsor Lendy, the peer to peer lender.


Cowes Week is a great family-friendly event, with a feel-good atmosphere and plenty to do both on the water and on land. The regatta is famous for its annual fireworks display, which has now been running for more than 150 years. In 2018, the Cowes Week fireworks display will be held on Friday 10th August, but every day there’s something unique to see or do in Cowes. In 2017, the Red Arrows display was one of the highlights of the festival, as most of the 100,000 visitors turned out to watch the feats of aerobatics from Britain’s leading flying squad. 


What do visitors say about Cowes Week?

‘It feels like our own mini festival - everyone’s in really good spirits!’


‘Non stop love & laughter ! Everybody came together. Sailing was amazing with some nail biting moments. Atmosphere was electric and fireworks were outstanding!’


‘One of the most amazing sailing events of the year, from professional sailors to family fun sailing, loads of high quality entertainment shore side, you will need a week after to recover!’


Cowes Week Accommodation 2018

The cost of renting self catering accommodation at Cowes Week can be astronomical, with some visitors paying up to 30 times the off-season rate, to secure the best properties. Rich attendees have even bought up property in Cowes to guarantee a great location or spectacular views.


Our Rookley Park resort is just 20 minutes drive from all the action of Cowes Week, surrounded by beautiful countryside at the heart of the island. Fishing lakes and a full-featured resort complex with nightly entertainment and swimming pool are available. With great transport links, you could take a bus (change at Newport) or taxi to Cowes from the park entrance. 


Slightly further afield, our St Helens resort benefits from a seaside location and it’s just over half an hour’s drive from Cowes. At both Rookley and St Helens, you’ll get great value with cottages at Rookley available for only £191 per person for a 7 night stay. Caravans at St Helens are available from just £136 per person for 7 nights from 4th August.





Cowes Week Events

Throughout Cowes Week, days are themed, so you can expect to see something a little bit different each time you arrive in the town. From Ladies Day to Youth Day, Big Thursday to Finals Day, there’s something in there for everyone. The highlight of the festival for many are the fireworks, but you’ll also be able to experience some incredible food, music, sport and socialising. Indeed, way back in 1967, British Movietone described Cowes Week as ‘the climax of the social season - crowned, like Ascot, with royal benediction’.


Celebrity-Spotting at Cowes Week

The history and prestige of Cowes Week attracts the rich and famous to the Isle of Wight every year. Royalty frequently attend, with HRH The Princess Royal visiting Cowes Week 2017, alongside celebrities from Jodie Kidd to Denise Van Outen, Ben Fogle and James Norton. The yacht racing draws a host of athletes at the top of their game, with current and former Olympians a common sight.


Travelling to the Isle of Wight

If you’re travelling to the Isle of Wight for Cowes Week, you’ll need to book a ferry. The cheapest way to do this is usually booking through islandviewholidays.co.uk when you make your reservation. We can often offer a substantial discount on the listed price for ferry travel, so tick the box when you’re booking to find out just how much you can save. 




Related Events

If you’re travelling to the Isle of Wight for Cowes Week 2018, you might also be interested in these big sailing events:


Round the Island Race 2018

Each year, the Round the Island Race sees over a thousand boats set off on a 50 nautical mile circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight. This spectacular sight is well worth watching from anywhere along the coast. Round the Island 2018 will be held on Saturday 7th July.


Cowes Classics Week 2018

This regatta is a celebration of classic boats and features entries from across the world. The Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week 2018 will be held from Sunday 22nd to Friday 27th July.


Fastnet Race 2019

The Fastnet Race is a dramatic biennial offshore yacht racing event that takes place on odd-numbered years. Therefore, there will not be a Fastnet Race 2018 - the next race will be in 2019. Preliminary dates indicate that yachts will depart from Cowes on Sunday 18th August 2019.



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