Cowes Classics Day is a day to celebrate the past with classic cars, yachts and motor boats on display for all to enjoy.


Cowes Classics Day is a day to celebrate Britain’s heritage with classic cars, yachts and motor boats on display for all to enjoy.
The event is set on and around The Parade, in front of the royal yacht clubs in Cowes, Isle of Wight, the historical home of yachting in the UK.  Visitors will be able to see dozens of classic cars and vintage buses together with some interesting and historic boats, both sailing boats and motor vessels.

The beautifully polished classic cars include a Rolls Royce 20/25, an Aston Martin DB2/4 and a Ferrari 365GTC Daytona.

The motor vessels include “Miss Daisy”, a past round-Britain racing powerboat, “Lilian”, a gentleman’s motor yacht and “Alberta”, an 1885 East Coast sailing smack.  
To add to the patriotism and fun of the day, Major Mick, Britain’s famous charity fundraiser will arrive at The Parade around noon after rowing his homemade rowing boat “Tintanic” down the River Medina from the Folly Inn.  Although “Tintanic” is by no means a classic, its home-made construction using sheets of corrugated iron makes it truly eccentric.  Mick is currently raising money for ‘Children on the Edge’ in Ukraine

Visitors to Cowes Classics Day will also be able to enjoy the speciality ice creams, fudges, cakes and coffees available from the various artisan shops around The Parade.

Event Highlights:

  • 50 classic cars and buses on display
  • Various interesting and historic motor vessels
  • Major Mick to arrive aboard 'Titanic'

Travelling to Cowes Week couldn't be easier from anywhere in the UK or abroad.

Our Red Jet Hi-Speed service operates between Southampton and West Cowes (the heart of the regatta) with sailings from early morning until late at night. The crossing takes just 28 minutes.

Getting to Southampton is a doddle with excellent train and coach links to/from London, Birmingham, Reading, Cardiff, Bristol, Salisbury, Weymouth, Bournemouth and Brighton. The city has its own airport with regular flights to most UK cities in the north and many European capitals. If arriving at London Heathrow or London Gatwick airports, National Express operate scheduled coach services to Southampton. For Red Funnel customers a FREE bus service called Quayconnect operates between Southampton Central and the ferry terminals at Town Quay.

The city is also easy to reach by road via the M3, A34 and M27, there is plenty of long-stay car parking near the ferry terminals.