If you’re looking for excellent shopping on the south coast, look no further than Hampshire. Our superb shopping facilities in Basingstoke, Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester are among the best in the country and offer a winning combination of both high street brand name stores and smaller independent retailers. You’ll also find delicious local produce at Hampshire’s regular weekly farmers’ markets.
Shopping in Southampton
Millions of shoppers flock to Southampton, where the excellent West Quay shopping centre and bustling high street make Southampton one of the country’s top ten cities for retail. With over 100 stores, including John Lewis and Marks and Spencer, as well as 50 fashion shops and 19 places to eat, West Quay offers excellent choice for shoppers while the high street area features a large Debenhams and hundreds of enticing brand name and specialist shops.
West Quay will open it’s new extension in spring 2017 which will include more shops, more restaurants a deluxe cinema and bowling alley.
Shopping in Portsmouth
As well as the busy high street, Portsmouth offers shopping in style at its attractive quayside locations. At Gunwharf Quays shoppers can enjoy the views of the harbour and pedestrian avenues along with a choice of 90 designer outlets, offering savings of up to 70% on high street prices.
Port Solent also has many attractions for shoppers, from its marina, restaurants and leisure facilities to a wide range of individual shops selling everything from fashion to furniture.
Sitting between Portsmouth and Southampton, Whiteley Shopping Centre offers the choice of over 50 high street shops, restaurants and cafes in a stylish, modern setting. Located just off of the M27, this is a great alternative to city centre shopping.
Shopping in Winchester
Connoisseurs will love the tempting array of independent shops, boutiques and art galleries in Winchester. The city’s compact, pedestrian-friendly streets make shopping in Winchester a treat and in addition to well-known high street stores there are also plenty of opportunities for finding top quality, individual goods.
Winchester also boasts one of the best farmer’s markets in the UK and the lively, bustling atmosphere at market time makes Winchester a shoppers’ delight.
Shopping in Basingstoke
Good shopping is guaranteed in Basingstoke, with the town’s Festival Place shopping centre offering 165 stores and 28 restaurants, bars and cafes.
At Festival Place you’ll find Debenhams, Bhs, Marks & Spencer and TK Maxx as well as many other fashion and homeware shops. Many stores are open until 8pm on weekdays and there’s ample parking on site.
Just a short walk away you’ll find other shopping attractions in Basingstoke such as The Malls, and the old town with its regular weekly and farmers’ markets.
Markets in Hampshire
If you love markets, you’ll love shopping in Hampshire. Many of Hampshire’s towns have lively weekly markets, selling anything from fashions to fresh fruit and vegetables and antiques.
For a delicious, seasonal taste of Hampshire, visit our farmers’ markets held each weekend in town centres across the county. Here Hampshire farmers and producers sell what they have produced, grown, reared and made, and can tell you how it was produced and how few food miles their food travelled to reach you. They offer top quality produce such as locally-sourced watercress, pork, trout, beers and wine.
In East Hampshire, market day in Alton is Tuesday, and in Petersfield Wednesday and Saturday. Both towns have a good range of shops, including independently owned specialists, with a particularly strong offer for books, antiques and local food.
Regular farmers’ markets and other events take place in the towns at weekends.
Markets in the Test Valley
Romsey has a wealth of small independent retailers alongside the high street regulars of Boots, WH Smiths and the Co-op. The large department store Bradbeers attracts visitors from across Hampshire. Romsey has a market each Tuesday, Friday and Saturday with Hampshire Farmer’s Market on the first Sunday of each month. Specialist markets and fairs take place throughout the year.
Stockbridge is not just a collection of lovely shops; with its wide Georgian High Street it’s also a venue for events and activities which celebrate the changing seasons. The Trout and About food festival in August followed a Daffodil Run in Spring and will in turn be followed by a special Christmas shopping fair. Stockbridge is heaven for the foodie shopper and has a rich variety of pubs, restaurants and eateries of every description.
Andover is the largest town in Test Valley and has a comprehensive retail offer for a growing community. This includes a traditional high street, the Chantry Shopping Centre, the Enham Retail Park and representation by nearly every superstore. There is a traditional Charter market every Thursday and Saturday and a Hampshire Farmer’s Market on the third Sunday of the month.