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Who doesn't love the feeling of being sat next to a warm crackling fireplace as you sip on some comforting hot chocolate with floating fluffy marshmallows? There’s just one thing on our mind this time of year: Christmas shopping! If you’re visiting the UK’s south coast for the first time, there’s some fantastically festive shopping spots located just a short trip from our Portsmouth and Poole ports. So, get your shopping boots on and your savings out of the piggy bank, it’s time to tick some items off that Christmas gift list of yours.
Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth

For those of you who haven’t been before, Gunwharf Quays is the most amazing designer shopping outlet located just a short car ride from Portsmouth port where Commodore Clipper sails into.

You’ll find over 90 popular brands to choose from in finding that wow factor Christmas gift. And, with savings up to 60%, you’ll be thankful you brought your car over on the ferry to bring back as much as you like.

Perfect for a family visit, the outlet has created The Gunwharf Express experience, complete with opportunities to meet with Father Christmas himself!

Caslepoint in Bournemouth

Just a half hour’s drive from Poole where Condor Liberation sails into, you’ll find a giant shopping centre in Bournemouth: Castlepoint.

You’ll be spoiled for choice from the 40 odd shops at Castlepoint, ranging from finds for the home to must-haves for your wardrobe.

Its seamless layout makes moving from shop to shop to find just the gift for your friends and family so easy.

Westquay in Southampton

Located in Southampton, Westquay is a massive shopping centre that will take an hour’s car journey from Poole. So, get ready to drive off Condor Liberation and fill your car with all the Christmas shopping you’ll find at this super mall.

There’s a host of festive-themed events taking place in the centre, perfect if you’re planning a shopping trip to take the kids along with you. And, it’s so easy to spend a whole day here thanks to all the places with yummy food to eat in the centre.

London is just 2 hours away!

For those of you wanting to come over to the UK on foot, London is super-easy to get to with a train that gets you there from Poole or Portsmouth in roughly 2 hours.

Visit the fabulous nooks and crannies of Oxford Street or step into one of the Westfield shopping centres. Either is a safe choice to make sure your Christmas shopping gets sorted!


With the festive season just a few short weeks away, you can never spend enough time planning your Christmas shopping and finding the most amazing gifts for your family and friends. So, get your shopping list ready, jump into your car and get ready to sail across to the UK in style!