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Portsmouth’s first Shopping Festival combines markets and music.

Shopaholics should prepare their arms for a workout because Portsmouth is hosting its first Shopping Festival.

The event has been running from Friday September 12 and will finish on Sunday September 28, but this weekend there will be live music to accompany the bargain hunt.

The Guildhall Square will and a variety of musical acts from today until Sunday, including indie soul singer Andy Muscat, singer song-writer Tom Moody, the Jesse Ray Band and six-piece Slick Minded Individuals.

On Saturday, there will be street markets accompained by live music from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s to bring that distinctive vintage feel to the plaza.

In Palmerston Road on Sunday there will be a farmer’s market which celebrates local produce.

The event aims to celebrate the convenience and diversity the city has to offer, with shops offering boutique, antique and high street retail and top designer brands all within a mile of the city centre.

Retailers, bars, restaurants, hotels, attractions and cultural venues will run special offers, discounts and incentives only available during the Festival period.

Offers include ten percent off the Aspex Gallery and Spinnaker Tower souvenir shop, ten percent of food to eat in at the Akash and a £6.95 meal at Pie and Vinyl. A full list of offers is available on the Visit Portsmouth website.

Spread across the city’s key shopping locations, the festival aims to appeal to a variety of visitors, including local residents, day visitors from around Hampshire and holidaymakers and tourists staying for the weekend.

The festival also coincides with the new term at the University of Portsmouth so students old and new looking for vintage clothes to add to their wardrobe should not miss out.

Indoor venues planning to run special events to coincide with the Festival include the Kings Theatre, Wedgewood Rooms, New Theatre Royal and the Guildhall.

A Sherlock Holmes detective trail encourages movement around the city between the shopping centres involved.

For up to date information go to visitportsmouth.co.uk/things-to-do/shopping/shopping-festival or visit facebook.com/portshopfest.

Please contact the retail outlet directly for full terms and conditions of discounts.