Creator of popular taxi board game en route to Portsmouth to celebrate 10th anniversary

Rachel Lowe, the creator of Destination Portsmouth
Rachel Lowe, the creator of Destination Portsmouth
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  • Rachel Lowe will be signing editions in Cascades
  • Game includes changes across the city
  • More versions will be launched next year
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IT’S MAPPED the changes Portsmouth has undergone in the past decade.

Now businesswoman Rachel Lowe has launched a special edition of her boardgame Destination Portsmouth to mark its 10th anniversary.

I’m very proud of what I have achieved. It’s no secret that things have been a rollercoaster for me, I’ve had struggles and it’s been very emotional

Rachel Lowe

Since she created the game there have been many changes within the city that will now appear on the new version.

Rachel said: ‘There’s so much that has changed in Portsmouth that has now been added to the board.

‘One of the things people will notice is the Emirates Spinnaker Tower is now in the blue and gold colour.

‘Other buildings include the Mountbatten Centre, the Somers Town hub, the Coffee Cup along the seafront and the Pie and Vinyl shop.

‘As well as changes, we still have Aqua Cars, who are sponsoring the game, as well as Gunwharf Quays and Cascades who are back.’

The 38-year-old was inspired to create the game when she was working part-time as a taxi driver while studying law at the University of Portsmouth.

She then went on TV’s Dragons’ Den but was slaughtered by the dragons after she pitched her idea.

Rachel went on to create the game for Portsmouth, and then produced a game for London and for several other cities across the UK and beyond.

She later signed a deal with Warner Brothers to produce a Harry Potter-themed game called Destination Hogwarts.

But it came at the height of the recession and she ended up losing her house and having a breakdown.

In a mixed year she also went on to be awarded an MBE for her work in promoting business in schools.

Eventually she picked herself up and managed to open her own company called She Who Dares UK Limited, which now owns the Destination brand.

She added: ‘I’m very proud of what I have achieved.

‘It’s no secret that things have been a rollercoaster for me – I’ve had struggles and it’s been very emotional.

‘But looking forward I’ll be launching 10th anniversary editions in other cities and I’m also looking at developing the game for Scotland.’

The Destination Portsmouth board game sees players driving through city streets in minicabs.

Rachel will be at Cascades shopping centre, in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, on Saturday, where she will sign board games sold between 11am and 1pm.