Last weekend we went on a family trip to Portsmouth. I’ve been reading a book on Emma Hamilton, and had just finished the chapter in which Nelson dies at Trafalgar and really wanted to go and see the Victory. As a child I visited Portsmouth many times, it’s very close to where my grandparents used to live and I really love the Historic Dockyard. I also took part in the Great South Run there 3 years ago to raise money for The MS Society so it’s a place that is very special to me.
My husband and I have a little obsession with Cath Kidston and having recently moved into our new house we have been picking up lots of nice bits for our new kitchen. Knowing that there is a Cath Kidston outlet at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth we decided to drive to Portsmouth and combine a little shopping and history trip.
Gunwharf Quays is a great place for a little bargain hunting, there are shops for every budget. Featuring lots of popular high street retailers it is a little more affordable than our other favourite outlet village Biscester in Oxfordshire.
We loved the nautical decor of the Cath Kidston shop and picked up some great bits for our house including some new cereal bowls, a lunch box for our daughter, tea towels oven gloves and my favourite a floral cool bag which we will be using for lots of picnics in the summer.
Heres a pic of our haul..
We decided to resist the call of the other shops and had a quick bite to eat at one of the many restaurant at Gun Wharf Keys before heading over to the Historic Dockyard.
We decided not to pay to go into any of the ships as it would have cost more than £50 for the whole family and we think we’ll go back another day when we have more time. It is however completely free to wander around and have a look at the ships from the outside and the dock yard itself has some lovely buildings to look at.
Here are a few pics from the dockyard taken on my Iphone…
Want to know more?
Visit the Gunwharf Quays website here
Visit the Historic Dockyard website here