Inaugural shopping festival set to launch in Portsmouth

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Portsmouth’s first shopping festival starts on Friday, kicking off two weeks of entertainment, events and special offers.

The event, organised by Portsmouth City Council, is aimed at celebrating the city’s local shops, eateries and venues.

Highlights include live entertainment in the city centre, street markets, and a walking trail inspired by Sherlock Holmes, who was created in Portsmouth by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The opening weekend will see stalls, live music and other entertainment in Guildhall Square, complete with a bar.

Festival-goers can save on purchases ranging from bikes to haircuts, and from new clothes to cakes. Many cafes and restaurants have special deals.

The event runs until September 28. Businesses taking part will display a poster in their window.

Councillor Luke Stubbs, Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development, said: ‘We’re very proud of the diversity of shops in Portsmouth. The shopping festival is all about celebrating the choice and convenience that our local retailers offer, along with the opportunities there are for eating out and enjoying the city’s rich culture.

‘It’s all part of our efforts to work with local businesses and help them compete.’

To see the programme of events, search ‘shopping festival’ on or pick up a flier during the festival from the civic offices, central library, Southsea Library, the Guildhall, Kings Theatre or Portsmouth Museum.