The Cowes Big Lunch: Sunday 4th June 2017

The 2017 Cowes Big Lunch: Celebrating our great community on 4th June.

Following on from the success of two previous Cowes Big Lunch events and The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration (which replaced the event for a single year in 2016), the Cowes Big Lunch returns in 2017 for an even bigger FREE community celebration.

On Sunday, 4th June the residents of Cowes and surrounding districts are invited to join together once again and celebrate the strength of our community spirit with a giant picnic in Northwood Park with lots of free entertainment and fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Organised and sponsored by a number of well known organisations from the town including Cowes Town Council, The Island Sailing Club, Northwood House Charitable Trust, The Royal Yacht Squadron and Red Funnel.  The event has seen over 2,500 people attend in previous years and aims to attract even more in 2017.  



The event will start with a marching band parade into Northwood Park at 11:30am for families to join from the local Park Road Car Park.  This is followed by an open-air blessing at 11:45am on the lawns of Northwood House by the Reverend Andrew Poppe of St Mary’s Church who will thank everyone for attending and bless the celebration.  At midday, the picnics and celebrations begin with a full programme of live music through the afternoon led by the 30-piece Bob Howarth Big Band.  Other popular local performers including David Thornton and the Brighstone Barnacles will also be entertaining the crowds.


A family fun arena will also be a focus during the celebration, hosting children’s races and traditional competitions for everyone to join in.  A children’s craft tent will also keep the young ones occupied during the afternoon.



A number of stalls and exhibitors will be in attendance on the Northwood House lawns from local charities and businesses including the Cowes RNLI and Ellen McArthur Cancer Trust, giving the event a village fete-style ambience.  Chefs from the Island Sailing Club will be treating visitors to their famous Big Lunch BBQ, with Northwood House opening their popular tea room serving tea and cakes on the lawn alongside a fully licensed bar.


New to the event this year will be a number of fun competitions which include:


The Cowes Big Lunch Bake Off:

Enthusiastic home bakers can enter one of the categories and bring their creations in on the day for official judging.  For adults, there is a classic Victoria sponge and an apple pie baking competition.  Children can enter a trio of cupcakes in their own special class.  Prizes include 2 x £40 dinner vouchers for the adult classes and a £30 cinema family voucher for the children’s class.




The Cowes Big Lunch Photography and Video Smart Phone Competition:

Budding local photographers are encouraged to enter a still image or a 60 second smart phone video capturing the “Spirit of Cowes”.  There are categories for adults and children to enter which must submitted by email before the event, with the winners being announced on the afternoon.  Prizes include giant photo canvases of the winning prints and £50 Amazon vouchers.





Cowes Big Lunch Fun Dog Show:

Bring your prized pooch along on the afternoon to enter one of the fun dog show categories including Best Sausage Catcher, Most Handsome Dog and Best Old Seadog!  All classes will be available here shortly for you to view and download if required.




The Cowes Big Lunch is part of the larger national Big Lunch celebration that happens annually in June co-ordinated by the Eden Project, aiming to bring communities together across the UK.  The Cowes event has a charitable aim with money being collected on the day for a number of local charities and good causes.



For further information and to get involved, please get in touch with the Darren Cool on the Cowes Big Lunch Committee, based here at Northwood House:

Tel: 01983 293642     Email:


Businesses and charities from the PO31/32 areas who would like to take a pitch at the event should get in touch using the above details.