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HRH The Princess Royal will be visiting Cowes Week this year, for two days; from 31 July to 1 August 2017.

During her stay, in her role as President of Riding for the Disabled, she will visit the Isle of Wight Riding for the Disabled at Osborne House. She will also visit the offices of Cowes Week Limited, as Admiral, attend a Reception at the Royal London Yacht Club, and attend dinner as an Honorary Member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

On the following day, she will start the Triple Crown Yacht Race from the Royal Yacht Squadron Battlements, before as Patron, visit the United Kingdom Sailing Academy.

HM Lord-Lieutenant, Major General Martin White CB CBE JP said: “I am very pleased to welcome back to the Island HRH, particularly during Cowes Week when she will also have an opportunity to see other aspects of life in our community.”

Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Lora Peacey-Wilcox, said: “We are delighted that HRH is visiting and continuing the Royal presence for Cowes Week.”


Notes to Editors:

For further information contact:

Riding for the Disabled:  Julie Elliston 07790 791057

Cowes Week Limited, Kate Johnson 01983 248003

Royal London Yacht Club, Secretary Kate Paris 01983 299727

Royal Yacht Squadron, Secretary Trisha Lewington 01983 292191

United Kingdom Sailing Academy – Rosie Peckham 01983 294941 ext 177

Issued by:
Helen Wheller, Media Team Leader

Email: helen.wheller@iow.gov.uk


10 of the best events on the Isle of Wight this year

The UK’s holiday Island offers a year full of fun and variety and if you have never been before, you don’t know what you are missing!

Isle of Wight Walking Festival – April 30th-May 15th

With more than 200 organised walks, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival boasts 16 days of unbeatable, informative and healthy walks for all abilities.  A great way to explore its spectacular scenery, wildlife and heritage, all walks are led by knowledgeable guides, who share their stories and history of the Island www.isleofwightwalkigfestival.co.uk

Festival of the Sea June – 18th– July 3rd

From the swashbuckling swagger of Shipwreck Isle in Ryde to the arrival of the world’s leading annual solo sailing race, the Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro in Cowes – plus lots of nautically-themed entertainment and activity for the whole family – the Festival of the Sea is one of the most eye-catching coastal events anywhere around the UK coastline this summer http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/events/festival-of-the-sea

The Isle of Wight Festival – June 9th-12th

The 2016 Isle of Wight Festival will once again be staged at Seaclose Park, in Newport on the Isle of Wight with headline performances by Queen + Adam Lambert, the Stereophonics and Faithless www.isleofwightfestival.com

Ventnor Fringe – August 9th-14th

A celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline on the Isle of Wight as well as artists from around the world.  This year it will be expanding with the International Festival www.vfringe.co.uk

Cowes Week – August 6th-13th

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week will take place this year from Saturday August 6th to 13th, and will feature an exciting and diverse blend of competitive sailing – as well as a strong social scene including Ladies Day – and the famous fireworks that take place on the final Friday of the event http://www.aamcowesweek.co.uk

The Garlic Festival – August 15th&16th

A vast array of eats, sights and sounds, the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival has become one of the Island’s most iconic events and is a superb family day out. Alongside the celebration of garlic (including in ice cream and beer form) there is live entertainment and music as well as hundreds of local arts and craft stalls http://www.garlic-festival.co.uk/

Ryde Carnival – September 1st

The oldest carnival in Britain dating back to 1886, Ryde Carnival is the largest community celebratory event of its kind on the Island. A spectacular fusion of carnival costumes, dance and performance http://www.rydecarnival.com/ryde-carnival-dates-2016/

Bestival – September 8th-11th

Another of the UK’s leading music festivals, Bestival will this year be staged in Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight between September 8th to 11thth.  The Cure, Major Lazer, Hot Chiip and Fat Boy Slim are amongst those to have already confirmed they will be playing this year http://www.bestival.net

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival – October 12th-16th

See and hear a cornucopia of literary talent at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival held at Northwood House in Cowes.  In addition to talks there will be walks, workshops, competitions, debates, children’s story telling, lots of music and a chance to sharpen your wits at a pub quiz http://www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.org/

Isle of Fright (October half-term)

Take an enchanted steam train trip, wander through the magical Electric Woods, visit the former haunts of smugglers and have the fright of your life at Spooky Castle as you visit the Isle of Fright this October half-term http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/events/isle-of-fright

For all other events, please go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

Image attached: ‘Film in the Woods’ held during Ventnor Fringe, please credit Jon Ritchie.



Cowes brings colour and spectacle to the Isle of Wight

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight has been a significant fixture on the British sporting summer calendar ever since 1826, and has gone on to become one of the longest running and most successful sporting events in the whole of the UK.

Offering a breathtaking combination of colour and spectacle, it is a highlight for residents and visitors to the Isle of Wight alike, as well as yet another reason for planning a visit to the Island in the height of summer.

The first ever race at Cowes was for a Gold Cup valued at £100. Just seven yachts competed for this under the flag of the Royal Yacht Club (later to become the Royal Yacht Squadron which is celebrating its bicentenary this year). The following year King George IV indicated his approval of the event by presenting The King’s Cup, which was subsequently competed for at every event up to 1939, and the event became known as Cowes Regatta.

The regatta has evolved enormously since 1826 and, in staging up to 40 daily races for between 850 and 1,000 boats, it is today the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week will take place this year from Saturday August 8th to 15th, and will feature an exciting and diverse blend of competitive sailing – as well as a strong social scene.

The 8,000 competitors range from world class yachtsmen to weekend sailors and household celebrities, and in excess of 100,000 visitors come to enjoy the festival atmosphere and experience that the event offers.

Traditionally a key component of the British Summer “Season”, taking place after Goodwood and before the Glorious 12th, the event has attracted both British and foreign Royalty – and many famous faces. The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne are frequent visitors.

Events of particular interest this year include a Family Fun Day on August 9th; Ladies Day on August 11th, which is a celebration of women in sailing, as well as a spectacle in its own right; and the Artemis Challenge on August 13th when visitors can watch some of the best boats and sailors in the world set off on a 50 mile sprint around the Isle of Wight, to win a £10k charity prize. (Teams competing in the Artemis Challenge in the past have included sports stars Zara Phillips, Amy Williams, Will Greenwood, Mike Tindall and James Haskell, as well as other stars from the world of entertainment, including Davina McCall & Bryan Adams).

Further details about Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week can be found at www.aamcowesweek.co.uk and the event can be followed on social media through @Cowes_Week and #CowesWeek.

The Isle of Wight, or course, has a great sailing heritage, and is the perfect place to visit for anyone who not only wants to watch events such as Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, but also the wants to spend time on the water themselves

UKSA in Cowes, for example, offers a full range of courses (http://uksa.org/leisure-courses/); as does the Medina Valley Centre in the sheltered tidal estuary near to Newport (http://www.medinavalleycentre.org.uk/isle-of-wight-sailing.php).

For a full round-up of all sailing opportunities on the Island, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/things-to-do/sailing-and-charters-boat-trips.


For further information, please contact:
Sue Emmerson, Visit Isle of Wight Press Officer
Tel: 07766 705672 E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

Artemis Investment Management brings the Red Arrows back to Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Cowes Week Ltd, organisers of the world’s best-known sailing regatta and highlight of the British Sporting Summer is delighted to announce that Artemis Investment Management has extended its support of the regatta in 2015 to include an awe-inspiring aerial display by the Red Arrows which will significantly enhance the shore-side programme at this year’s regatta.

Artemis Investment Management, sponsors of the Artemis Challenge at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes week, have stepped-in with support to ensure the regatta’s Red Arrows display goes ahead in 2015. The timing is perfect,  as this year’s edition of the celebrated annual charity race around the Isle of Wight looks set to be the largest in its nine year history. Over the years, the 50 mile sprint around the island has welcomed some of the world’s most celebrated sailors and the celebrity guests onboard are expected to match the impressive fleet.

Commenting on the announcement, Dick Turpin, Partner at Artemis Investment Management LLP said: “We’re delighted to offer our support to Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week by ensuring the appearance of the world famous Red Arrows again this year, completing the line up of spectacular aerial displays and providing the Cowes Week audience with some unforgettable shore-side entertainment”

Kate Johnson, Commercial & Marketing Director for Cowes Week Limited added: “We’re delighted that Artemis are supporting this year’s Red Arrows display. It will be a fitting end to a spectacular day on the water at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. The Artemis Challenge starts at 10am on Thursday 13th August. It will be a racing start not to be missed and we recommend watching from behind the cannons by the Royal Yacht Squadron, or along The Green. The Red Arrows display will begin at 6.50pm, head to Cowes Parade for the best view”

“In addition, we’re extremely excited to announce an incredible display by an RAF Typhoon, which wowed the crowds at Cowes Week in 2014. The Typhoon display is at 7.30pm on Friday 14th, ahead of the magnificent Firework display which will begin at 9.30pm”

The full entertainments schedule for this year’s regatta is available online at http://aamcw.co/entertainment. This information is continuously updated so anyone planning their trip to Cowes during the regatta should check back regularly.

This year’s regatta takes place 8-15th August and those thinking about entering to take part in the racing are reminded that the standard entry fee ends on Friday 31st July at noon. Anyone who can’t take part for the full week can pick whichever day – or days – are convenient to them. Enter at http://www.aamcw.co/yourentry.

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2015 takes place from the 8-15 August.

Cowes Week 2016 takes place from the 6-13 August.


Notes to Editors:

 About Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Cowes Week is one of the UK’s longest running sporting events, having first taken place in 1826. The aspirational and inclusive sailing regatta is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting between 800 and 1,000 yachts in up to 40 classes. Around 7,000 competitors race during the week ranging from weekend sailors to World Champions and Olympic medallists.

The lively festival atmosphere at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week means there is plenty of social and exciting onshore activities for sailors and the thousands of spectators who visit Cowes each year. The next edition of the regatta takes place from 8-15 August 2015 (a little later than usual due to the tides). Entries are now open online.

The event is supported by its Title Sponsor, Aberdeen Asset Management and the following supporting sponsors also help to make the event a success: Nyetimber, Liz Earle, Boss Watches, Chatham Marine, Chilgrove Gin, CNBC, Gill, Isle of Wight Council, Sunsail,  and Volvo Car UK. The Official event charity is UKSA, supporting youth sailing opportunities.


About Cowes Week Limited

Cowes Week Limited (wholly owned by Cowes Combined Clubs Limited) was formed in November 2007 to provide a single management board with overall responsibility for the event. This ensures that the business operation of both the shore-side and racing elements are managed in a streamlined way.

About Aberdeen Asset Management

Aberdeen is an independent asset management company. Formed out of a management buy-out in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1983, it is now a FTSE 100 company operating on the ground in over 23 countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Defined by a pure focus on asset management, including equities, fixed income, property and multi-asset portfolios, Aberdeen’s investment solutions are driven by commitment to straightforward, transparent investment approaches that stress intensive, first-hand research and a long-term view.

The company manages £330 billion in assets on behalf of institutional and private investors, as of 31st March 2015.

Aberdeen participates in sponsorships where it can get actively involved and make a difference to an event, individual or team. Aberdeen’s current sport sponsorship portfolio includes properties across golf, sailing, rowing and hockey. The group is also involved with a number of cultural and arts sponsorships.

To find out more about Aberdeen’s capabilities visit: www.aberdeen-asset.us

To find out more about Aberdeen’s sponsorships visit: www.aberdeen-asset.com/sponsorship



His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal are to carry out a number of engagements on the Isle of Wight between 3 and 5 August during Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is to attend the annual Cowes Week service at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday 3 August before attending a reception and dinner at the Royal Yacht Squadron to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cowes Combined Clubs, which was formed in 1964 on his suggestion.

On Monday 4 August The Duke of Edinburgh will visit Clare Lallow, a Cowes-based boat building company established in 1867. HRH will meet staff and view work in progress as well as some previous builds, including ‘Opposition’ (formerly called ‘Morning Cloud II’) which was commissioned in 1970 by the then Prime Minster, Edward Heath.

The Duke will also visit Beken Ltd to view a photographic exhibition with the theme ‘Royalty at Cowes’. The Beken family started marine photography in 1888 selling their photographs alongside medicines and perfumes at the family’s pharmacy. Kenneth Beken, who runs the family business today will welcome HRH to the exhibition and invite HRH to view the many photographs taken in Cowes and on the Solent over many years.

His Royal Highness will then visit Cowes Yacht Haven to meet representatives from Aberdeen Asset Management, the title sponsor of Cowes Week.

Later that day, HRH The Princess Royal arrives on the Isle of Wight. Her first engagement is at Medina Valley Centre, an independent environmental and outdoor education charity situated on the banks of the River Medina near Newport. HRH will be invited to tour the waterside facilities viewing three new dinghies, visit one of the field studies classrooms and walk the centre’s nature trail.

Her Royal Highness will then attend a reception at the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes, in her capacity as admiral, where she will be invited to meet flag officers, members and trustees.

On Monday evening Her Royal Highness will attend a vigil service at the Chapel of St Nicholas in Castro in Carisbrooke Castle, the Island’s official war memorial, to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

On Tuesday 5 August, The Princess Royal will take part in yacht racing in the Solent with young ambassadors and representatives from Cowes-based youth charity UKSA, where The Princess Royal is patron. This year, UKSA is the regatta’s newly appointed official charity and funds raised throughout the week will go towards giving every Year 6 pupil on the Isle of Wight a session out on the water over the next two years.

At 10am on Tuesday 5 August, to mark 100 years after the first shot at sea was fired by the Royal Navy a day after the First World War in Britain was declared, the National Museum of the Royal Navy will mark the centenary by inviting a sail past by Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Mersey off the Royal Yacht Squadron. A single cannon will be fired from the Royal Yacht Squadron and spectators and competitors will join together for a one minute silence in memory of all those who have served in defence of the nation. A further cannon will signify the end of the silence.

Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White CB CBE JP, said: “I am very much looking forward to welcoming HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Princess Royal to the Isle of Wight, both of whom are regular visitors to the Island.

“I am particularly pleased that The Princess Royal is to join our commemorations to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War; the service is set to be a moving tribute to those who served and gave their lives for our country.”


Notes to Editors:

Attached image of the Duke of Edinburgh – please credit Isle of Wight Council

 For more information, please contact: Cowes Week Service John Power, powerjohn@onwight.net 50th anniversary of Cowes Combined Clubs Ben Cummings, aamcowesweekpr@wsmcommunications.com or 07739 325324 Clare Lallow Pat Boarer, lallows@lallowsboatyard.com or 01983 292112 Beken Ltd Kenneth Beken, Kenneth@beken.co.uk or 01983 297311 Aberdeen Asset Management Robin Spring, robin.spring@wsmcommunications.com Medina Valley Centre Alan Wells, fundraising@medinavalleycentre.org.uk or 07970 474787 Royal London Yacht Club Kate Paris, secretary@rlyc.org.uk First World War vigil service Isobel Uden, English Heritage, isobel.uden@english-heritage.org.uk or 01304 209891, 07789 926 960 UKSA Lori Little, lori.little@uksa.org or 01983 203024 or Will Myles, will.myles@uksa.org or 01983 203043 or 07919 298501

Issued by: Anna Price, Media Team Leader Tel: 01983 821000 ext 6253 Mob: 07976 347637 Email: anna.price@iow.gov.uk



The Isle of Wight Festival got the summer off to a Red Hot Chilli Pepper style start with fabulous music and great vibes. It was a fantastic opening to the Isle of Wight’s festival season as now a whole range of smaller music and arts events are gearing up to welcome you to ‘Festival Island’.

Ryde Arts Festival

The next big arts event on the horizon is Ryde Arts Festival and this year the eclectic collection of talented artists have taken the commemoration of the outbreak of WWI as their inspiration for art, music and poetry under the title ‘Ryde on the Brink of War’.  Events run from June 27th to July 6th with most being held in their converted church ‘The Depozitory’ and free entry for many exhibitions and activities. www.rydeartsfestival.org

Newport Jazz Weekend

Kicking off on Thursday July 17th with the Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet, Newport Jazz Festival runs from July 17th to 20th. Friday features an appearance from the Simon Allen Quintet with top UK trumpeter Martin Shaw, Tom Cawley on piano and David Newton. One of the highlights of the weekend will be a Tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring the Bateman Brothers and vocalist Maggie Reeday, followed by a Tribute to Oscar Peterson led by pianist Craig Milverton. For the full line-up see www.newportjazzweekend.co.uk


Rhythmtree is the Island’s world music festival and this year it will, as usual, feature a fantastic line up of world-class musicians playing everything from guitars and keyboards to full brass sections, hang drums and didgeridoos at this family-friendly festival from July 18th to 20th. Rhythmtree has a great reputation for bringing together an extraordinarily diverse rich mix of high quality music and will introduce visitors to some of the most exciting, dynamic and innovative bands that exist and thrive below the radar of today’s mainstream music scene. www.rhythmtree.info


For a small but perfectly formed festival make your way to Postfest over the weekend of July 25th to 27th at the Island’s only museum to all things postal – including a field full of post boxes.  The cream of local bands can be seen and heard at this boutique festival that runs from 10am till 9pm daily.  There’s free entertainment for kids and a plethora of local crafts and this year there’s even an indoor arena. http://postfest.co.uk

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the biggest sailing festival in the UK, descends upon Cowes for the first week of August and on Sunday August 3rd there is a fantastic Family Day. UKSA at Cowes Yacht Haven has children’s flag-making, colouring and painting and on-the-water spot prizes are awarded for families racing together. Wight Stars produce Wind in the Willows at Northwood House at 14:30 and there’s an open-air cinema here in the evening. JackFM feature on Cowes Parade throughout the day and adventurous families can enjoy an exhilarating RIB ride with Solent RIB Charters or the spectator boat service with both providing a significantly discounted family ticket price for the day. www.aamcowesweek.co.uk

V Dub Island

V Dub Island Festival from August 10th to 14th celebrates the Volkswagen car and camper van, and the culture surrounding them – not just for owners, the festival is also for ‘like-minded people’. This year think ’Flower Power’ as the festival moves to the old 1970 pop festival site at Afton and Sunday night headliner is Bestival curator and Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank and the Cuban Brothers. www.v-dubisland.com

Ventnor Fringe

Transforming the Island’s southern-most town for a week in August (12th to 17th), the Ventnor Fringe is a unique gathering of artists from across the world who come together to showcase new work.  Inspired by the famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the event will be celebrating its fifth year in 2014 and will encompass midnight ‘lock ins’ at the local library, intimate church concerts, ‘pop up’ cinemas, gigs in locals’ houses, mystery tours, woodland sing-alongs and parties on the harbour with 360-degree views over the bay.  There is also an extensive programme of family entertainment and the Free Fringe, with busking and street theatre around the town. http://ventnorexchange.co.uk/vfringe

Carnival Island

Before any of the more recent festivals, the Isle of Wight had the festivities of carnival every summer and this year is no exception with parades in Newport, Cowes, Ryde, St Helen’s, Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor and Yarmouth on ‘Carnival Island’.  This year Sandown Carnival is celebrating 125 years (main carnival Saturday July 26th and illuminated carnival and fireworks on Wednesday August 27th). www.sandowncarnival.com

Ryde Carnival – reputedly the oldest carnival in the UK at 126 years has its main procession on Saturday July 2nd and a glorious illuminated carnival bringing the season to a close on Saturday August 30th. www.rydecarnival.com

Apps for all – plan your holiday

The Isle of Wight Official Tourism app is a great way for visitors to start planning their holiday prior to arriving on the Island.  Developed by Visit Isle of Wight, the app contains all the essential information to make the most of a trip to the Isle of Wight; it’s like having a mini-guidebook in your phone.  Select a period of history on the Island such as Dinosaurs, Ancient Britain and Romans, Medieval Worlds, Tudors and Stuarts, Victorians and Modern times and Dinobot Hunt and see attractions, monuments and heritage sites.

Now in its second great year, the Dinosaur Island app meanwhile, brings the incredible story of these creatures from the cretaceous period to life, giving visitors to the Isle of Wight the chance to see the dinosaurs roaming the sites where they were discovered and to take photographs of family and friends actually walking on the Isle of Wight with dinosaurs.  For full details, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/dinosaur-island.

For all tourist information, go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.


For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org

Notes to Editors:

Photo attached:   Ventnor Fringe Festival image entitled VENTNORVILLE! Created by Hannah George and Matt Hit at ‘The Yurt In The Woods’.  Please credit Lucy Boynton.