Love Southsea Markets and Events
Love Southsea is a Portsmouth-based events movement, dedicated to hosting some of the city’s best days out, and specialising in markets, both standalone and as elements of larger events.
When Love Southsea’s founder, Louise Whitmore, founded the organisation in 2008, she did so with the intention of giving local traders and creators opportunities to sell their wares, providing more things for locals and tourists to do, and ultimately giving prospective visitors another reason to come to Portsmouth.
Since a humble start with smaller markets at the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth, Love Southsea has grown organically, amassing a network of partnerships with some of Portsmouth and Southsea’s most talented craftspeople.
The main monthly markets, which moved from Old Portsmouth to Palmerston Road early last year, now seldom fall below the 50 stalls mark, resulting in a struggle to fit everyone in as Palmerston Road’s market space bursts at the seams!
As of February 2015, the markets expanded from taking place on the first Saturday of every month to the first Saturday and Sunday of every month. During the Christmas season, the markets take place every weekend.
Love Southsea has also hosted a variety of other events, including markets at the Easter Eggstavaganza at the Old Portsmouth Hotwalls and the Rural & Seaside Show 2013, children’s parties at Hallowe’en and Christmas, markets in the central square of Gunwharf Quays, and the Underground Creatives Market at Portsmouth Guildhall.
Love Southsea founded the Victorious Vintage festival at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in 2012, before going on to co-found Mutiny Festival, a large-scale MTV-sponsored dance music festival which was headlined by the likes of DJ Fresh and Pete Tong MBE in its debut year of 2014. Mutiny Festival 2015 is set to be headlined by Knife Party, Rebel Sound, Labrinth, Katy B, Maverick Sabre, and many other acts.
Louise Whitmore, founder of the organisation, said: “So much is changing in Portsmouth at the moment. Over the past few years we’ve seen this huge cultural boom of art, music, and craftsmanship. People are creating things constantly, with independent artwork being displayed in galleries like Aspex, Art Space, Orthospace, New Walls, and loads more. And I can’t think of a venue in Portsmouth that hasn’t had a local band play there!
“Independent shops are going the same way — traders are beginning to favour marquees at events across the city over more permanent brick and mortar stores. It’s more affordable, more diverse, and all the promotion is done on our behalf, so they don’t have to worry about the marketing side of things.
“It’s fantastic to see whole businesses launched through our markets.”