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Cowes Week marks 180th birthday

Britain’s oldest museum is to display over 200 of the most significant objects from its collections of archaeology, Eastern art, coins and casts side by side in a special exhibition for the first time.

Britain’s oldest museum is to display over 200 of the most significant objects from its collections of archaeology, Eastern art, coins and casts side by side in a special exhibition for the first time. Treasures of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (May 24 – December 31) features items from four continents and thirty cultures, dating from Palaeolithic times to the present day. It includes the Jericho Skull, one of the earliest representations of the human image, dating from 8000 BC. Open daily except Mondays, admission is free. Tel: 01865 278000. Website: www.ashmol.ox.ac.uk

- The first Ladies Day at Cowes with champagne tasting and tug of war competitions.
- Hour long spectator boat trips with live commentary, enabling visitors to get a close up view of the racing (£10).
- ‘Try Sailing’ — a free one hour sailing lesson.

As well as world class racing, there is a variety of shoreside entertainment with music and parties all week. Cowes will also be host to 70 top international powerboats in the Cowes Powerboat Festival (Aug. 25-27). The three day event includes the Powerboat P1 World Championship with boats racing at speeds up to 100mph close to the shore.

Website: www.islandbreaks.co.uk.


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