All aboard for Cowes Christmas Festival

12-12-2017 – The Cowes Christmas Festival returns to the Isle of Wight 16-17 December with over 50 exhibitors gathering to tantalise the senses and offer exceptional gift ideas.

The free annual event, sponsored and produced by Red Funnel Ferries, will bring the best of local food, drink, arts/crafts and gifts all together at the Cowes Yacht Haven Event Centre located just a 2 minute walk from the Red Jet ferry terminal.

In addition to sampling unique food and beverages, visitors can learn to cook the perfect Christmas menu by watching live cookery demonstrations from talented local chefs at the interactive cookery theatre. Compared by award-winning chef Alex Aitken, Chef Patron of The Jetty restaurant at the new Southampton Harbour Hotel, the cookery theatre promises to inspire, educate and entertain.

Commenting on the festival Alex Aitken said: "I am thrilled to be involved with the Cowes Christmas Festival. Having recently landed at Ocean Village Marina, The Jetty Southampton celebrates the very best local Hampshire produce and we will be showcasing some seasonal delights for visitors to enjoy."

Additional event highlights include plenty of live festive entertainment, including a special appearance by the Island's own Derek Sandy performing his brand new Christmas single "Cos it's Christmas" (Saturday, between 1:30-3pm). Children can also visit Father Christmas at his grotto and enjoy free Christmas craft activities.

Jonathan Green, Marketing & Communications Director at Red Funnel said: "We are once again proud to host the Cowes Christmas Festival. It promises to be a great family day out and the perfect place to find unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. Getting there couldn't be simpler from Southampton with our special £7.50 Red Jet day return fare and sailings every 30 minutes in both directions".

The Cowes Christmas Festival at Cowes Yacht Haven is open from 10:30 to 18:00 on Saturday 16th Dec and from 10:00 to 16:00 on Sunday 17th Dec. Extra Red Jet sailings will operate on Sunday Dec 17th between 08:45 and 17:45 from Southampton and 09:15 to 18:15 from West Cowes.

A special £7.50 Red Jet day return voucher offer is also available from Southampton – please download a voucher from


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