Early history denotes that the original name of WestCowes was first established in 1413. It was said to represent the two sandbanks on either side of the River Medina. It wasn’t until 1895 when the town officially changed its name to Cowes.
A highlight feature of the town is Cowes Beach. This beach features heavily during the Cowes Week event. The pebble beach is the perfect location to take in all the sailing action during the summer months. The stretching views over the Solent make it an ideal place to spot all the cruise ships and sailing boats making their way to and from Southampton throughout the year.
The strike Parade Esplanade backs the beach and too should be visited and enjoyed whilst in Cowes.
The industries in both Cowes and East Cowes are heavily focussed on marine craft. They pride themselves on their boat making and sourcing of materials for marine activities. Cowes Week brings in huge money for the local economy. Typically the population of the town is around 10,000 people which is said to double during the busy week of August. This has proven to be the busiest time of year for local businesses.
Cowes Week 2019
The highlight of the year in Cowes most definitely is Cowes Week. 40 Sailing Races are run daily and you can see thousands of competitors ranging from Olympic and world-class professionals all compete for the coveted prize. Super Yachts line the choppy Isle Of Wight waters as many enjoy this splendid sail event in true style.
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