Cowes & Gurnard sailing hub
Cowes is world-renowned for sailing with its prestigous Yacht Clubs spearheading numerous lively regattas. The bustling town centre is a hive of activity with plenty of great pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants, bakery’s and boutiques. With the high-speed Red Jet passenger ferry service reaching Southampton in just 24 minutes, Cowes is very accessible to the mainland. A long seafront promenade leads West towards Gurnard, a pretty village with a café, pubs and popular sailing club nestled next to the picturesque village green, with its wonderful views over The Solent.
On the opposite side of the River Medina is the regenerated East Cowes, and home to a rich heritage with Queen Victoria’s former home, the hugely popular attraction Osborne House. Both East and West Cowes support marine based businesses, as well as extensive mooring facilities. Dense wooded farmland inland from both East and West Cowes with areas such as the atmospheric Parkhurst Forest, offering hours of great walks.
Newport shopping haven
The Island’s principal town and administrative centre, Newport sits just south of Cowes. It offers a wide range of shopping facilities, cafés, pubs, eateries, national stores and is home to the Isle of Wight’s leading art gallery and live music events venue, the Quay Arts Centre.