Cartoon style landscape of a grass field with people looking through a range of market and food stalls and a ferris wheel. There's two blocks of flats in the background alongside a skyline of Portsmouth and the sun. The landscape represents a fun community festival.

Glastonbury has been and gone and the elections may be over, but the excitement is only just beginning as we announce SomersFest – a community festival coming to Somerstown this month.

Taking place across several streets in Somerstown on Sat 27 July at 12-4pm, we’re confident it’ll be one of the best community events you’ve seen yet!

If you head to Sackville Street or St Paul’s Road (and many roads in between), you’ll find street food, live music, local artists, and a huge range of activities and games for families. There’s so much to see and do.

We’ve made sure to include loads of activities for you to enjoy completely free of charge, but you’ve also got a range of reasonably priced food and entertainment to suit every taste and budget.

The SomersFest headliner

That’s not all though. We’ll also be unveiling a brand new community garden in the heart of Somerstown.

We’re celebrating the first of several new green spaces built as part of the Somers Orchard project – our complete redevelopment of the former Horatia and Leamington tower blocks.

Importantly, it shows a future that people in Somerstown have been asking for: more nature, more gardens, more green spaces.

“I’m so proud to present the new community garden with our biggest ever Somerstown event,” said Cllr Darren Sanders, cabinet member for housing and tackling homelessness. He added:

“As we progress with our development plans, this event is all about looking to the future of Somerstown while honouring what we’ve already achieved.”

Cllr Chris Attwell, cabinet member for central services, has also been a championing voice in bringing this event to life, saying:

“With the community garden opening and so much to offer in the local area, it felt like the right time to have a proper celebration.

SomersFest will bring a wide range of music, performances, and family activities to the area and I can’t wait to see everyone come together to enjoy this fantastic event.”

In a significant show of support for the community, Gunwharf Quays and Colas are completely funding the event.

Yvonne Clay, centre director of Landsec-owned Gunwharf Quays, commented:

“As long-term investors in the region, we are thrilled to be supporting SomerFest 2024. The local Portsmouth community is vitally important to us at Gunwharf Quays, so we are looking forward to celebrating the unveiling of the Somers Orchard community garden.”

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Any questions?

Email: eptengagement@portsmouth.gov.uk

Call: 079 0110 0537