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LIVE music, street markets and a walking trail inspired by Sherlock Holmes are among the attractions at Portsmouth’s first shopping festival.

The Portsmouth City Council-organised event starts on Friday in celebration of the city’s local shops, eateries and venues.

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

Cllr Luke Stubbs 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.’

Festival-goers can save on purchases from bikes to haircuts and clothes. Many restaurants have special deals.

The event runs until September 28. To take part in the Sherlock trail, call at Central or Southsea libraries for a map and collect stickers as you explore the city.