Gunwharf Quays celebrates 15th birthday

This week the designer shopping outlet will be celebrating 15 years of operation in Portsmouth, Hampshire with guests invited to share memories during the week of fun.

Gunwharf Quays is preparing to give its guests a week to remember as it celebrates its birthday and remembers its unique history.

Prior to its life as a shopping centre, the land was owned by the Royal Navy and known as HMS Vernon — having previously been an ammunition storage facility known as Gunwharf. The military site closed in 1995 and reopened to the public as Gunwharf Quays after six years of extensive reconstruction and development.

Festivities began on Monday the 15th February with the Mayor of Portsmouth join staff, residents and guests and host a special cake-cutting ceremony.

Colin Wilding, General Manager said: “Gunwharf Quays has a rich and unique history and we feel so privileged to be celebrating this milestone birthday. Our guests will have an opportunity to share their memories of the centre in a special video booth, with a chance of seeing their film on the Gunwharf Quays Facebook page, and there’s certainly plenty for them to reminisce about. From Navy homecomings and student takeovers, to fabulous firework displays, and even the odd proposal! Gunwharf Quays really has seen it all. We want to thank our guests for their continued support with this week of fantastic celebrations.”

To help celebrate the milestone birthday, many of Gunwharf Quays’ famous brands will be offering special birthday discounts. Plus, in partnership with Wave 105, a unique ‘phone box’ can be found by Guest Relations in Central Square — offering special prizes to anyone fast enough to answer the phone each time it rings.

Children visiting the centre this week can also expect to meet characters including Kung Fu Panda, the Pearl Izumi Tour Series mascot Toby, and even a giant Cadbury’s Crème Egg.

The week of festivities will take place between 15th February and 21st February 2016. Further details can be found at


Unique Photography Competition

In addition to the festivities this week, Gunwharf Quays are also encouraging guests past and present to submit their memorable images of the shopping outlet using the hashtags #lovegwq and #magicmoment. By sharing your memories you could be in with a chance of winning the following:

  • A £1,000 gift card
  • One night’s accommodation for two at the Holiday Inn Express on site
  • Two course dinner with a bottle of wine at Loch Fyne, Portsmouth
  • Lunch for two at Jamie’s Italian UK , Portsmouth‬
  • A Tiger Tiger Portsmouth ‪‎VIP‬ booth with a bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne and a speciality sharer cocktail

Simply share your own photos‬ with us Gunwharf Quays on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and make sure you’re following their accounts to see if you win!