Isle of Wight Literary Festival (Isle of Wight)
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The Isle of Wight Literary Festival takes place in and around Northwood House, a Grade II* listed late Georgian manor house set in over 20 acres of parkland.
On the programme are guest speakers from various literary circles, writing workshops, music performances and poetry recital evenings where you can take to the stage to showcase your own work.
Families are more than welcome at the festival, with a number of readings, speakers and workshops aimed at children.Date:10th October 2019-13th October 2019
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- Cowes beach or West beach is a sand and shingle beach. A good point for relaxing and watching sailing and other watersports in the Solent. This beach is steep shelved and is only recommended for strong swimmers. The adjoining beach at Gurnard has a gentler shelf and is generally less crowded, making it perfect for swimming, and the two beaches are connected via the promenade.
- Cowes Harbour is recognised as one of the premium yachting centres of the world. It is home to the Round the Island Race which is one of the world’s largest yacht races and the infamous Cowes Week where thousands gather every year to witness this dramatic and nail biting event. Although famous for sailing events and conditions Cowes has so much to offer for the perfect break with attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Cowes has earned a reputation for unparalleled race and event management skills, plus a wide range of support services and maintenance facilities, designed to cope with the diverse nature of modern yachting.
- Cowes lifeboat station was founded in 1986 and RNLI took ownership in 2008. Cowes Lifeboat Station is involved in over 40 Search and Rescue (SOR) operations within the Solent from their current base in Shepard’s wharf marina. This is a charitable organisation and funded by the public as well as others and what is remarkable is that a legacy enabled this lifeboat station to acquire a new inshore lifeboat. The B-810 Tabbycat is one of the new generation of RNLI B-class Atlantic inshore lifeboats, first developed by the RNLI from a design originated at Atlantic College, South Wales. James Gordon Samson left a legacy to the RNLI from which the Atlantic 85 lifeboat Tabbycat was funded. Tabbycat was named at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Poole, Dorset, in 2007. The crew and volunteers at Cowes are very proud of their work and welcome and encourage station visits which can be arranged through the Lifeboat Visitor Officer who can accommodate visits during the weekend or pre-arranged school or club visits during the week. If you would like to visit Cowes Lifeboat Station or you would like the LVO to present to your school or club then please contact the Lifeboat Visitor Officer at [email protected]
- Beach: Gurnard Beach, Cowes View: Situated right on the beach next to the Gurnard Sailing Club with stunning views over Cowes and out to sea. What’s on the menu?: Breakfasts, baguettes, light bites, hot and cold drinks, cakes and desserts. Fully licensed.
- Gurnard beach is a gently shelving sand and shingle beach with promenade, beach huts and grass areas. Gurnard beach is ideal for families and water sports such as dinghy sailing and windsurfing. Facilities include parking, toilets, cafe, pub, shops and slipway.
- The East beach at Cowes is a mixture of sand and shingle backed by a promenade, children’s play area and paddling pool. East Cowes also has a marina and is separated from the main town by the River Medina. The chain ferry floating bridge is the only direct link between East and West Cowes, and saves a drive to Newport. Popular walking area with good views of the sailing in the estuary and behind the beach you have some nice woodland walks. Facilities include parking, toilets, shops, food, marina and promenade.
- Inshore Lifeboat Centre (ILC) is state-of-the-art RNLI boatyard occupying two acres on the East Cowes bank of the River Medina. The ILC is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for its work involving inflatable and rigid inflatable lifeboats (RIBs). The RNLI constructs up to 60% of the lifeboats it needs in its own purpose-built manufacturing facility in Cowes. Visitors are welcome to see the work of the Inshore Lifeboat Centre firsthand, but are asked to book beforehand.
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