Cowden has a one public house, the Fountain Inn and a village hall which is used by many of the local societies, including the Bowls club, Women's Institute and the Horticultural society for their Spring, Rose and Autumn shows.
The recreation ground hosts cricket and football matches as well as the annual village fete and bonfire night. There is a children's play area, a cricket pavilion and tennis courts.
In the reign of Henry VIII the stream known as Kentwater, was dammed up at Scarletts to make ponds for the supply of power to the furnace and iron master. The ponds having recently been cleared in what is now known as Furnace lane.