So close and yet so far, the Isle of Wight has been described as England's answer to time travel, reminding visitors of a gentler, slower era, where the industrial revolution seems not to have intruded. Ventnor, Shanklin, Bembridge are just a few of the resorts on the coast, but the contrast between the sea and the patchwork of small fields and rolling hills is the backdrop for everything. Events draw in many visitors, with the Cowes Regatta being just one.
The local tourist board can supply all the information you need on crossing to the island, events, and places to visit. Fortunately the Isle of Wight is very well supplied with log cabins to rent.