Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert held at East Cowes

Head to East Cowes this Bank Holiday Weekend and join in the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. This jam-packed weekend promises to fill the Esplanade with entertainment, remind the town of its heritage and give visitors a weekend to remember.


Events taking place between 24th – 27th May include:


From May 24th (10am – 5pm) – Osborne House Birthday Trail

The trail takes place in the house and exhibits gifts exchanged between Victoria & Albert

(4:30pm) – Opening of the Queen Victoria Trail

The Mayors of Coburg & East Cowes and her excellency, The Indian High Commissioner will open the trail entrance grounds at Osborne House. This is followed by the first guided tour on the trail.


May 25th (9:30am) – Grand Exhibition

The Queen Victoria lifeboat on display outside the Town Hall

(10am – 3pm) – Victorian Day

Kings Square, music and children’s swing boats, Best Dressed Victorian, Morris dancers in the square and around the Umbrella tree.

(7:30pm) – Town Show

Victorian Time Machine at the Town Hall – Tickets £5 at the door.


May 26th (9:30am – 5pm) – Grand Exhibition

At the Town Hall

(10am) – RNLI Inshore Centre Open Day

Tours of the Lifeboat Manufacture Centre, music and RNLI display

(12pm – 9pm) – Grand Procession

Leading from Sovereign Gate, Osborne House, down York Avenue through the town and along to the Esplanade. Horse and carriages, marching bands & more.

(12pm – 9pm) – Esplanade Festival

Live music, over 40 charity and trade stalls, children’s entertainers and The Horse Box Theatre Company. Morris dancers, and an RNLI display (£2.50 at the gate)


27th May (9:30am – 3:30pm) – Town Grand Exhibition

At the Town Hall

(10am) – Community Beach Clean

(7pm) – Talk on Marie of Edinburgh, Queen Victoria’ grandchild and the last Queen of Romania.  

Presented by Dr Susan House-Wade at St Mildred’s Church. Arrive at 6:15pm