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Very British in Cowes?

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Very British in Cowes?

Hi,

We, my wife and our 2 daughters, will visit in the end of July Cowes. For our daughters (8 and 6) it will be the first time they visit Britain, both do love their English lessons in school, and so they can't wait the start of your trip :)

So both want to taste "the British way", or what we Germans do think what is typical british. My question is: Where in Cowes, or the rest of the isles as we want to see all in our 2 weeks vacation, could we taste Britain, for example "Fish and Chips", a good tea time and so on?

Best wishes from Germany

Ingo

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1. Re: Very British in Cowes?

With 2 weeks you can comprenhensively cover the island, I assume you will have a car- if not you can buy family travel passes for the buses.

For starters you need to visit Osborne House ( with its German connection),Carisbrooke Castle, Brading Roman Villa and The Dinosaur Museum ( maybe on a rainy day).

Fish and Chips: There is a thread here where that has been discussed, The favourite seems to be Junes Fish Bar at Shanklin.

The village of Godshill is a popular stop for traditional cream teas, the girls will probably enjoy a visit to the Model Village there.

The Island is easy to get around, but you could base yourself in 2 locations. Cowes wouldnt be my first choice for a long break. However if you have 1 week there followed by a week at Sandown, Shanklin or Ventnor the girls could have more potential for beach visits- within walking distance rather than using transport.

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2. Re: Very British in Cowes?

If your holiday dates go into August, please be aware that Cowes Yachting Regatta ( Cowes Week) runs from 2nd - 8th August.

Cowes will be extremely lively 24 hours a day during this time.

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3. Re: Very British in Cowes?

The Isle of Wight feels like a forgotten 1950s England so I am sure you will easily find all the things you are looking for. There is always bunting out for something, and there are several old fashioned carnivals in the summer (with floats, fancy dress and carnival queens).

Godshill is the village of tea rooms. There is one with real grape vines growing over the ceiling. There are several where feeding the squirrels is popular.

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4. Re: Very British in Cowes?

The Island is famous for it's red squirrels ( The larger grey squirrels - which are classed as vermin in the UK - are not found on the IW).

Whilst you might see a red anywhere - I once saw one in Shanklin high street !. You are much more likely to see red squirrels in the extensive grounds of Osborne House than Godshill tea rooms.

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5. Re: Very British in Cowes?

The Isle of Wight is great for kids and there are some lovely beaches, picturesque walks, and many other things to do and see, even if it is raining.

As has already been mentioned, you should be aware of Cowes Week when the town is very busy with sailing events. The hotels and rented accommodation in the area are likely to be at their most expensive then.

www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/

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6. Re: Very British in Cowes?

Having said all that even if you do not stay in/near Cowes it is deffo worth a visit during AAM Cowes Week .( see their website )

the atmosphere is fantastic , even if you are not a fan of sailing ......

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7. Re: Very British in Cowes?

Agree fully with you Cam1.

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8. Re: Very British in Cowes?

We will leave Cowes at the 2nd and go to London for a week :)

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