With the sunshine and the weather we have had over the last 2 weeks, it truly feels like Spring. Clocks going forward have brought the birds tweeting away from morning until night and bring the feeling of spending more time outdoors.
April sees a lot of markets happening across the city and I thought I would do a round-up of dates and where things are.
Firstly, there is a fabulous market at St Judes School on St Nicholas Street, and the deputy head Izzy has a wonderful creative nature. In lockdown she started her own indie creative business and attends various markets herself, supporting the creatives in Portsmouth is a huge passion of Izzy’s and so she has curated a wonderful collection of artists and creatives to bring this market to life. Pop by on Friday the 1st April 5.30pm until 8.30pm. Some of my favourite stalls will be there including Mildred Trouble and Little Coffee Southsea delivering top-notch hot drinks.
Treadgolds has its very first market happening on Saturday the 9th of April on Bishop Street in Portsea. It offers a whole day thing from 10am until 4pm. There will be plants, craft gifts, bagels, and lots of stalls to look forward to.
Having restored this much loved building back to life through the John Pounds Community Trust, I can’t wait to see what this historic 19th century former blacksmiths and ironmongers looks like completely finished. It will offer free entry and a chance to explore this part of Portsmouth.
On the 15th and 16th April Groundlings Theatre have their Artisan Market with FREE entry featuring some of the south coasts most unique artists, creatives and makers along with live music & street food inside and outside their beautiful Grade II* listed building.
Staggeringly Good Brewery down at Fratton is holding an Interstellar Food Drive day on the 16th April from 1pm until 11pm in the evening. Entry is a donation of non-perishable food or toiletries and aims to raise funds and food for Portsmouth Food Bank!
There will be music from Megan Linford, Tom Bryan and Sierpinski as well as Dj sets and great stalls from Love To Doodle, Ahoy Dare and Vinyl Toffee Records. With craft beer, hot food and wait for it, FREE retro arcade machines, it looks like a top event to go to. You can only pay for food and drinks by card only.
Saturday the 23rd of April sees Craft & Flea at St Mary’s Church in Fratton, offering a collection of independent makers, collectors, designers, and creatives all under one roof. With a motto of Shop SMALL and shop LOCAL in an authentic twist on the traditional craft market, it aims to deliver a huge selection of products from illustration to vintage bric-a-brac, plants to jewellery, sustainable products to food, ceramics to candles and SO much more! Tickets are £2.50 but it will be worth it when you see the quality of the stalls!