Skandia Cowes Week kicks off today and runs until 5 August. Some 1,000 yachts and 8,500 competitors will take part in the sailing regatta.If you fancy a day out in London with the family, you could take advantage of the summer opening of the State Rooms - from Tuesday 1 August to Sunday 24 September, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to visitors, while the Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland.