Love Southsea planning an exciting return for its popular creative market

EXCITEMENT is building ahead of the return of a popular creative market.

Lulu Whitmore, owner and director of Love Southsea
Lulu Whitmore, owner and director of Love Southsea

Preparation has begun as the Love Southsea market is set to once again return on Saturday, April 17 to Palmerston Road.

Lulu Whitmore, owner and director of Love Southsea, said the market prides itself on supporting the local community.

Lulu, 49, said: ‘I’ve definitely missed the people the most – all the traders and businesses are great, if you’re going to create a business in Portsmouth, we will get behind them, shop local and keep the pound in Pompey to make that feeling of community.

Love Southsea market

‘Love Southsea is a local market for local people to trade where we welcome everyone.

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‘You can be a maker; trader and you don’t need to have made your own goods to trade here.

‘We have delicious street food; everyone always helps each other - it’s just such a fun place and a happy vibe.’

Love Southsea works closely with Express FM and the Coastguard Bar in Southsea.

The market intends to use these close connections to bring a unique market experience by incorporating live music.

Lulu said many people have become more creative during lockdown and explored other ways of receiving an income - and that some new faces will be coming to the market.

Lulu said: ‘Throughout lockdown we have had some incredible new traders show an interest.

‘It’s incredible what people have been making because they’ve just been at home and had more spare time.’

The market is in its 11th year and Lulu said she hopes it will continue to grow for many more to come.

The next market will see its layout stay the same as previous markets, and after opening, the market will return to its usual schedule of the first weekend of every month, opening 9am until 5pm.

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