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EVENTS SHORESIDE QUEEN VICTORIA BICENTENNIAL 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. Born on 24 May 1819, Queen Victoria reigned for more than 60 years until her death in 1901. Osborne House was her favourite house, so it is appropriate that the town of East Cowes is celebrating this bicentenary with four days of celebrations from 24 to 27 May. East Cowes will be alive with a grand festival celebrating the life of Queen Victoria and her association with the town, with activities for all the family. will carry on through out the aernoon. Other highlights of the day include a fun dog show, a children’s activity arena and the popular Cowes Bake Off competition, which sees large numbers of entries from enthusiastic cake bakers across the town. The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival: 10 to 13 October 2019 With a fascinating weekend line up of speakers and authors from across the country, the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival has gained a reputation as one of the UK’s best literary events. OSBORNE HOUSE Osborne House in East Cowes is one of English Heritage's most spectacular properties. Queen Victoria's seaside retreat was built from 1845 to 1851, and was a favourite of the Queen, Prince Albert and their children. e house and extensive grounds are open to the public, as is Queen Victoria's private beach and the restored Swiss Cottage on beautiful Osborne Bay. ere are several cafés, two playgrounds and the venue hosts many special events during the year such as the Victorian Christmas Fayre. NORTHWOOD HOUSE Northwood House in Cowes hosts a wide variety of events during the year including e Cowes Big Lunch. Now recognised as the town’s official annual get together, the Cowes Big Lunch returns again on Sunday 2 June for an even bigger free community celebration. Organised and sponsored by a number of well known organisations including the Island Sailing Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron and Red Funnel, the event regularly sees over 2500 people enjoy this free day out. Starting with a marching band parade into Northwood Park at 11.30am, followed by a full programme of live music that 28 COWESHARBOURCOMMISSION.CO.UK