Southsea shopping centre will be welcoming even more specialist markets after the council announced new events as part of a bigger and better line-up for this year.
Palmerston Road precinct welcomes the new Woodland Craft Markets starting on 8 and 9 April. April also sees the Antiques & Collectables Market present for both days, rather than the single day currently offered.
The Love Southsea Market will return on 4 and 5 March, and with Hampshire Farmers' Markets already under way there will be a market nearly every weekend until the end of November.
These moves come after feedback from local businesses suggested the markets attract more people to the area and boost sales for everyone. Once all four markets are up and running the regular monthly rota will see Love Southsea take place on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month, Woodland Crafts on the second Saturday and Sunday, Hampshire Farmers' Market on the third Sunday and Antiques & Collectables on the fourth Saturday and Sunday.
Cllr Donna Jones, the council's Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration & Economic Development, said: "We want to help business in the city especially retailers in our district shopping centres and the feedback we have received is that businesses see a significant increase in trade on market days. We have a fantastic range of markets on offer giving plenty of variety throughout the month. We've added new markets to the monthly calendar to ensure there is something going on every month. Variety is key to ensure there is something for all residents to enjoy whilst businesses benefit from the increased footfall. 2017 should be a good year for markets in the city."
Cllr Linda Symes, the council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure & Sport, said: "Southsea is a tourist destination which means it will always fare better when there is something going on. The new markets should be popular with residents and visitors alike and will help bring more people into the area which can only be a good thing for everyone."