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The Portsmouth and Southsea Car Boot Sale is back for 2022 on Castle Field in Southsea.

The car boot will begin at 7am and end at 1pm. Traders will be able to access the site from 6.30am and can load out until 1.30pm.

A selection of hot and cold food and drink will be available on site.

As seasoned Car Booters will tell you, this event does rely on the weather. In the case that the event has to be cancelled, organisers will get the message out as early as possible through the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PSCarBoot.

Please read the FAQs below, as well as the Ts&Cs. By entering the site you are agreeing to comply with the terms and conditions.


The car boot will begin trading at 7am and end trading at 1pm. A selection of hot and cold food and drink will be available on site.

As seasoned Car Booters will tell you, it does rely on the weather. In the case that the event has to be cancelled, organisers will get the message out as early as possible through its Facebook page.

By entering the site you are agreeing to comply with the terms and conditions as follows:

When are Car Boots on?
The Car Boot Sales run on Sundays (weather permitting). If the event is called off due to bad weather, the communication is sent out as early as possible through the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PSCarBoot). There will also be staff and signage on site earlier in the day notifying of cancellations.

What time does it start?
Traders are asked to arrive from 6.30am onwards, the final cut off being 8.30am. Buyers are encouraged to arrive from 7.30am onwards.

What time does it end?
Trading currently ends at 1pm and the site needs to be completely clear of traders, buyers and vehicles by 1.30pm.

How much do pitches cost for traders?
Pitches start at £8 for a regular car pitch, car with trailers and larger vehicles £10 and vans £12. Vans with trailers, boxes, cages or flatbeds are not allowed, only closed transit vans or similar. Pitch fees are charged in relation to the space that you take up and your vehicles size and type. Organisers encourage traders to keep their pitch to the length of the side of their vehicle if they are along the side and along the boot of their vehicles if they are parked in the centre. This includes the end of the centre. Any traders who take up more space will be charged in relation to this. Pitch fees are charged at full discretion of site management.

Can I bring goods from my business to sell?
The Car Boot sale is open to the general public to bring goods along to sell directly to the buyers e.g. members of the public clearing out pre-used goods. It is not a market and therefore it is not able to support businesses or traders directly selling their goods to the public as an alternative option to the Council's market trading sites. Should such traders be found on site they will be spoken to by the Event Manager and, if practical asked to leave the site, and be advised that they will not be able to return to future Car Boot sales.

Does the Car Boot still raise money for Charity?
After covering costs, all profit from each Car Boot, generated from pitch fees and concessions, is donated to local charities (details to be confirmed).

Do buyers have to pay an entrance fee?
No. The Car Boot is free entry for all general buyers.

Can I bring a trailer?
Trailers are welcomed on site for cars only and there will be an additional cost.

Can I arrive early?
Organisers prefer everyone to arrive at the Car Boot Sale at the correct times. If you do arrive early then please be prepared to wait in the holding zone until staff are ready to site you.

Can I leave early?
Vehicle movement is restricted until 11.30am to maintain a safe environment. Traffic marshals will escort you off site in an emergency and when a safe window becomes available after 11.30am. If you leave without a marshal escort, the registration will be noted and that car will not be allowed back on site all season.

Does my vehicle need to be on site while I trade?
Yes, traders are not able to unload their vehicle, remove it from site and trade from a table. All traders must trade with their vehicle on site.

Can I pre-book a pitch or choose where I park and set up?
The Car Boot sales operate on a turn up and pay system and specific pitches cannot be guaranteed. There is a tight timescale to fit all sellers onsite which requires precision parking marshalling by our stewards. To guarantee every trader an exact pitch would be unachievable.

Where should I enter the site?
Traders: Arrive at Duisburg Way, Southsea, PO5 3SB.
For general buyers and members of the public: Please use the pedestrian entrances and footpaths to Southsea Common. Buyers are encouraged to arrive on foot but there is car parking available nearby along the Seafront.

Where should I exit the site?
The sites main exit point for traders is the same way as you entered but this will be traffic managed and you will be escorted by the event marshals in a staggered manner.

What if I am running late, can I still get a space?
8.30am is the final cut off for traders to arrive, provided you can still fit in safely.

Are there toilets on site?
Toilets are available nearby, with public toilets opening early in the D-Day Car Park. Site stewards will direct you accordingly.

Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are welcome on site, but must be kept on their leads at all times.

Can I unload my car and go home for more goods?
Unfortunately not. Due to the layout of the boot sale, once a car is parked it needs to stay where it is until the vehicle movement window opens. If you have more goods than will fit in your car, organisers would suggest bringing more than one car or trading at the Car Boot sale several times.

Can I leave unsold items on the site?
No. All traders must take any unsold items away with them. Traders are responsible for leaving their pitch clean at the end of trading. All rubbish must be taken away with the trader as the end of the event.

Strictly no counterfeit goods
It is illegal to sell counterfeit goods anywhere in the UK and the Car Boot sale is no exception.

Can I sell food? I've made some cakes etc.
There are approved food traders on site at the Car Boot sale and organisers do not allow anyone else to sell food or drinks. Anyone reported to be selling food or drinks on site without approval will be asked to remove such items from sale and/or asked to leave and will not be offered a refund. This includes homemade cakes. No form of drink sale is allowed, cans, bottles large or small, freshly made, frozen, alcoholic or otherwise.

Zero tolerance for abuse to staff
If staff or security experience verbal abuse it will not be tolerated. Vehicles will be escorted off site and will be banned from future trading and no refund will be given.

Other non-permitted items:
No waste transfer; no knives, including kitchen knives; no lighters or smoking devices, including cigarettes: e-cigarettes, pipes, rolling papers, lighters, cigars, chewing tobacco and any other smoking related items; no alcohol wine or spirits; no firearms, air rifles, BB guns or other dangerous weapons; no prescription/pharmacy medicines; no fireworks, explosives or other flammable items; nothing deemed illegal under current UK law.
Organisers want PSCBS to safe family friendly environment. Anyone found trading in these items at PSCBS will be removed from the site without refund and if applicable, the relevant authorities informed. Site management reserve the right to remove any item they deem inappropriate for sale.

COVID-19 Compliance
​​​​​​In light of the pandemic the traders and attendees will be expected to follow the most up to date government COVID guidance.

To keep up to date with car boot news please like and follow our page www.facebook.com/PSCarBoot

Happy Car Booting!

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Map & Directions

Portsmouth and Southsea Car Boot Sale


Duisburg Way, Southsea Common, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 3NT

Opening Times

10 July (10 July 2022)
Sunday07:00 - 13:00
17 July (17 July 2022)
Sunday07:00 - 13:00
24 July (24 July 2022)
Sunday07:00 - 13:00

* Traders should arrive from 6.30am onwards, the final cut off being 8.30am.
General buyers are encouraged to arrive from 7am onwards.

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