redfunnellogopaddingRed Funnel is helping Islanders get into the festive spirit with the return of the wildly popular Cowes Christmas Festival on 17th and 18th December.

The free event, sponsored and produced by the ferry company, will bring the best local food and drink, arts and crafts all together at Cowes Yacht Haven’s events centre on the Isle of Wight.

The festival will have activities for people of all ages to get into the festive spirit. For people looking for last minute Christmas gifts, unique items will be available from over 60 Isle of Wight food, drink, arts and crafts stalls to help everyone find the perfect present. Children can visit Father Christmas at his grotto and will be enthralled with free Christmas crafts. All of this excitement will take place in a cheery atmosphere with live music ringing through the air.

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Festival visitors can also learn to cook the perfect Christmas meal by watching live cookery demonstrations from talented local chefs at the interactive cookery theatre. Samples of the dishes will be available after the demonstrations for anyone hoping to try a nibble of the chef’s dishes.

For those travelling over from the mainland, Red Funnel will be offering a special 2 for £13 deal on the Red Jet so that it’s easy for everyone to join in on the festive fun.

Jonathan Green, marketing and communications director at Red Funnel, said:

“We are delighted to be bringing our Christmas Festival back to Cowes for the fourth year. It really is a special opportunity for visitors to sample the best of Island produce, entertainment and gifts. As we ourselves champion local produce, we are proud to host an event that showcases the wonderful offerings of the area.

“We’re also very grateful to our supporters: Forest View Nursery, who kindly donated Christmas trees for us to use as decorations, and Drive Less See More, who will have travel ambassadors at the event over the weekend.”

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Jon Pridham, Managing Director at Cowes Yacht Haven, said:

“It’s great to have the opportunity to host this popular Christmas festival every year. There always is a great turnout and it’s a joy to see everyone gathered together in the events centre turned winter wonderland celebrating the festive season.”

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