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What do we do about Climate Change?

  We asked 3 local environmentalists if individuals can make a difference, or is it down to politicians to act? And… Read more »

Secret Maps

David Sherren, Map Librarian at the University of Portsmouth What do the University Library building, Kingston Prison and the site… Read more »

Welcome Home

Interior designer Tracey Hewitt is the latest Southsea resident to throw open the doors for our Welcome Home feature –… Read more »

Activists Artist

Words by Kate Thompson Brick walls, conventional canvas or his own skin – Southsea based artist Samo White is using… Read more »

Meat-free Mondays

Words by Sarah Nunn Ten years ago, Paul McCartney and his family launched a concept aimed to raise awareness of… Read more »

How to not drown

John Worsey, Marketing Creative Copywriter at the University of Portsmouth Every day, more than 1,000 people around the globe drown…. Read more »

Reclaiming the streets is child’s play

Words by Kate Thompson. Photos: Tara Barton-Leigh Reclaiming a street in Southsea for playtime could just be the start of… Read more »

How to Increase the Amount of Natural Light in Your Home

It’s always a great feeling to come home to a bright and airy space. In fact, research featured on House… Read more »

Location, Location, Location

Channel 4’s ‘Location, Location, Location’ is back for a new series and coming to Southsea!   Yes, that’s right! From… Read more »


Experience ‘sailing’s Formula 1’ right here on the South Coast Be part of history as the world’s fastest, most technologically… Read more »

Victorious Festival

Last year’s Victorious was a certainly a festival of two halves with hot sunshine on the Saturday, followed by torrential… Read more »

Walk on the wild side

Kate Thompson who writes our regular Welcome Home feature, has stepped outdoors into the Southsea sunshine to find out more… Read more »

New Horizons

A multi-million-pound investment in Portsmouth International Port is set to put the city on the global cruise map and further boost… Read more »

Perfect Picnic

  In Southsea, our beach is an iconic landmark. Whatever the weather, whatever the occasion, there will always be people… Read more »

Pompey Plaques

  There are over 30 plaques in Portsmouth that have been attached to buildings across the city. Architect Mark Harris investigates…. Read more »

Welcome Home

Words by Kate Thompson Craig Duffy’s home, on a quiet Southsea street, has got to be the city’s most rock… Read more »

Culture Vulture

June – D-Day, English Oysters and the Royal Ballet, by Emma Beatty To say that Southsea is in D-Day fever… Read more »

The Portsmouth Seafood Festival

The Portsmouth Seafood Festival The Portsmouth Seafood Festival, supported by Portsmouth Fish Market & Seafish returns to Gunwharf Quays this… Read more »

Lighting Creativity in Portsmouth

A collaborative project between Anglepoise & students from The University of Portsmouth. The Portsmouth based company Anglepoise set a live… Read more »

D-Day and Southsea

James Daly, of Portsmouth City Council, describes Southsea’s role leading up to D-Day and local soldiers who later died in… Read more »

Dazzling Damselflies, by Alice Ashcroft, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Watching damselflies dance through the air is one of the quintessential experiences of summer, and something many of us look… Read more »

Welcome Home

Words by Kate Thompson. Photos: Charlotte Griffiths. When Lizzy first decided she wanted to live in Southsea, she had a… Read more »

Hidden Spaces

Emma Beatty visits Art Space, an important artists’ community in the centre of Portsmouth Have you ever been to Brougham… Read more »

Victorious Festival

Plan B, All Saints, Idlewild & more join the bill Three-time Ivor Novello Award-winning Plan B is set to bolster… Read more »

Culture Vulture

Spring – a season to celebrate dance and female artists by Emma Beatty A DANCE FESTIVAL (and one opera) The… Read more »

A right royal shimmer at the Queens Hotel

Southsea Lifestyle writer Kate Thompson was delighted to be invited back to see the progress being made in the multi-million-pound… Read more »

Face to Face

Lauren Steadman, Strictly Come Dancing contestant, three-time Paralympian & Rio Silver Medallist, double World Champion, 6 time European Champion, elite… Read more »

Hot Food Mondays

Words: John Worsey. Photos: Charlotte Griffiths Step inside St Agatha’s Catholic Church, a few yards from The Cascades and the… Read more »

Cinderella. A glitzy, fabulous rendition of the renowned fairy tale.

Words by Portsmouth University Student  Lottie Maguire The University of Portsmouth’s Dramatic and Musical Society proves to us that dreams… Read more »

That’s the Spirit

Kate Thompson meets the team behind The Portsmouth Distillery Co. and visits their wonderful set-up based in perhaps the most… Read more »

Culture Vulture

February and March. Art all about the sea, and travel, and roads… by Emma Beatty The Printmakers Council was set… Read more »

Victorious Festival

Victorious Festival (23-25 August 2019) – the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival – has revealed some of the talent that will… Read more »

Face to Face

Talking to people with a passion for what they do. Ben Horrod is club captain of Southsea Nomads RFC. The… Read more »

Welcome Home

A black and white approach. Words by Kate Thompson. Photos: Charlotte Griffiths. Artist Daisy Harris-Burland drew on all the things… Read more »


Shrove Tuesday or pancake day is on 5th March this year. If your pancakes are less than perfect then try… Read more »

Valentine’s & Mother’s Day gift ideas

With Valentine’s Day and Mother’s day just around the corner, here are a few ideas from local retailers to inspire… Read more »

Treasure Hunting

Whether you are in the market for a Victorian bureau or you want to add to your collection of vintage… Read more »

Get Fit For 2019

If you want to make 2019 the year you get fitter and healthier what’s the best form of regular exercise… Read more »

How theatre heals the wounds of war

2018 was filled with echoes of war – from moving centenary reflections on the sacrifices made in the First World… Read more »

Pub Talk

University of Portsmouth student, Lottie Maguire takes a tour to review a few of the city’s pubs and bars  … Read more »

An amazing place to learn

Lowena Hull is in Year 12 at Portsmouth High Sixth Form, and talks about her interest in computing and technology… Read more »

History Hot Spots: The Royal Garrison Church, Portsmouth

Words by Victoria Doxat On the night of January 10th 1941, a bombing raid completely destroyed the nave of The… Read more »

Review: Cinderella Panto

Words by Girl About Southsea Taking my eldest daughter to the theatre to see Cinderella, without her sisters, is a… Read more »

Reinventing the way we network in Portsmouth

Entrepreneurs from Portsmouth and surrounding areas are coming together to grow their network and there won’t be a name badge… Read more »

Shop local this Christmas

With an average of 14 high street shops closing across the UK every day, including some big name stores, it… Read more »

Mister Christmas

A beautiful property, all set for an annual Christmas party and seasonal sparkle.  Words by Kate Thompson. Photos: Derek Rodgers…. Read more »

The light at the end of the pier

Words: John Worsey Professional Santa, Richard Gwenn, has such an amazing story, I can’t add to it. So here it… Read more »

Culture Vulture

A season of fairy tales, by Emma Beatty Are you going to a pantomime this year? Across the city, boy-band… Read more »

Pokemon Go!

Although it may have lost some of its initial enthusiasm this mobile game still has thousands of dedicated followers… Melika… Read more »


Words by Kate Thompson   Families, hobbyists and students alike came together recently to spend the weekend having fun while… Read more »

Lest we forget … bringing the names of the dead to the streets where we live

Words by Kate Thompson Portsmouth City Council has found an imaginative way of honouring the soldiers and sailors who sacrificed their… Read more »

10 households in Southsea still watching television on black and white TV sets

New figures released today by TV Licensing show that after more than 50 years of colour transmissions, 10black and white… Read more »

A life on the ocean waves

Maricar Jagger, Public Events Manager at The University of Portsmouth For a few years the South Regional division of the… Read more »

Give me island life any day

Words: John Worsey I recently returned from a trip to paradise. We tracked down a too-good-to-be-true deal on an all-inclusive… Read more »

Face to Face

Talking to people with passion for what they do.    Jacob Leadley is an award winning winemaker for a new… Read more »

The winners of the Portsmouth Society 2018 design awards

Every year The Portsmouth Society tours the city to award good design in architecture and landscape. This years winners received… Read more »

Deborah Grant, The Case of the Frightened Lady, New Theatre Royal

The Case of the Frightened Lady, New Theatre Royal, 29 Oct-3 Nov Interview: Deborah Grant with Emma Beatty The last… Read more »

Over 20,000 Runners for the Great South Run

Portsmouth Plays Host to Over 20,000 Runners for Simplyhealth Great South Run Weekend   Now in it’s 29th year, the… Read more »

The People’s Museum

Words by Chris Horton. Photos: Charlotte Griffiths Photography With its colourful history it’s not surprising that Portsmouth has a good… Read more »

Stage Right

Scott Ramsey chief executive of the NTR talks about new initiatives and new productions. Words by Emma Beatty. Did you… Read more »

Wayne Hemingway’s World

The design expert brings his creative oomph to Portsmouth Guildhall. “Who needs Benidorm?” Why young people are returning to our… Read more »

Welcome Home

Words by Kate Thompson Getting your first home together is a major step for most couples and when Alasdair and… Read more »

Anniversary of the Raising of the Mary Rose

The Mary Rose Museum 6th – 14th October On the 11th October 1982, the nation gathered around their televisions to… Read more »

Welcome Home

Words by Kate Thompson It’s the house you drew at school when you were a child (four bay windows with… Read more »

Autumn Lovelist

Girl About Southsea I always love being out in the sunshine in the summer, and the longer days mean you… Read more »

Culture Vulture

Art shows to see in the city by Emma Beatty If you haven’t been to Portsmouth City Museum for a… Read more »

Lipstick on your collar

Step back in time to the golden era of Rock N’ Roll as live music show Lipstick on your Collar… Read more »

Leading brands tackle plastic waste in our oceans

Did you know Wiggle is the world’s largest online cycling and tri-sports retailer, serving customers in over 100 countries and it’s… Read more »

History Hot Spots – Southsea Common

Words: Victoria Doxat A popular family hot spot and the home of Victorious Festival, it’s difficult to imagine how different Southsea Common… Read more »

Victorious Festival 2018

As proud sponsors of Victorious Festival, the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival, Southsea Lifestyle looks forward to a great bank holiday… Read more »

City Spaces

Words: Mark Harris. Photos: Miguel Blasco Martin One of the most successful public regeneration projects to be realised in Southsea… Read more »

California Dreaming

Words: Maricar Jagger, Public Events Manager at The University of Portsmouth Steve Rad is one of the University of Portsmouth’s success… Read more »

Southsea’s Unsung Hero

Words: John Worsey  Sometimes it feels like we live in stressful times. It’s a day-to-day thing. The way we work,… Read more »

Southsea Tennis Star Plays at Wimbledon

Southsea tennis sensation Blu Baker is competing at this year’s Wimbledon championships as a ‘wild card’. Wild card players are… Read more »

Face to Face

Talking to people with passion for what they do. Belinda Cleary is an award-winning hair stylist, who has worked at… Read more »

Keeping Everything Ship Shape

Words: Maricar Jagger, Public Events Manager at The University of Portsmouth Dr Eleanor Schofield came to settle in Portsmouth 6 years… Read more »

Summer in Southsea

Southsea was made for the summer – Kate Thompson talks to people who make their living along the seafront, what… Read more »

Samantha’s five big lessons for small business success

Words: John Worsey Something unexpected has happened since I wrote about Albert Road’s community of independent businesses in the last… Read more »

Black Chalk – A new English Sparkling Wine from Hampshire – Launches

Hampshire’s chalklands are the source for a new sparkling wine which has launched to critical acclaim.  Black Chalk has been… Read more »

Regional Award Winners Look to Scoop National Prize at Wimbledon

The Fuzion 100 Southsea Trophy returned to Canoe Lake Leisure this week and played host to the regional British Tennis… Read more »

Mamma Mia, King’s Theatre, Southsea

Words by Emma Beatty Mamma Mia, King’s Theatre, Southsea, 12 June Verdict – camp fun – just go with it,… Read more »

History Hot Spot- The Kings Theatre, Southsea

Words by: Victoria Doxat Photos: Derek Rogers Southsea’s Kings Theatre is an iconic landmark and, according to the Theatre’s Trust,… Read more »


Words by Tara Kent. Photos: Sarah Brown My son Alfie and I enjoy watching Masterchef together, and we loved the… Read more »

Eight Peaceful Acres

Words by Chris Horton. Photos: Sarah Brown There is a rather peaceful place in Southsea where you might see a… Read more »

Faith in Parenthood

Neill Barston talks to Paloma Faith prior to her appearance at Victorious Becoming a parent is just about the biggest… Read more »

Welcome Home

Lulu Whitmore of Love Southsea, throws open the doors of her family home and talks about the renovations and buying… Read more »

History Hot Spot – Canoe Lake, Southsea

Words: Victoria Doxat Canoe Lake has not always looked as it does today. The Lake began life as an area of… Read more »

A Tasty Meal Served with Lashings of Love

Words: Kate Thompson “We provide food, love and support for homeless, vulnerable, and lonely people, often living with addictions. “We don’t… Read more »

Reflections From a Newcomer

Words: Neyda De Arcos I have to admit I was terrified when the plane landed. I looked at Oliver like a… Read more »

Face to Face

Talking to people with passion for what they do.    Ken Wharton-Emms was born in Birmingham in 1962, joined the… Read more »

Loving Albert Road

Words: John Worsey. Photos: Maison Manning There are several reasons why the table in the window of The Southsea Deli… Read more »

Review: Giovanni Pernice: born to win

Written by Emma Beatty Verdict: Fab-U-lous I’m a BIG fan of Strictly Come Dancing; I camped out at four in… Read more »

Play Up Pompey!

Words: Chris Horton, Photos: Tony Palmer Photography Portsmouth and football go hand in hand, two FA Cups and all that… Read more »

City Spaces

Words: Mark Harris. Photos: Miguel Blasco Martin The importance of invigorating and well-designed communal spaces can never be under-estimated, especially… Read more »

Welcome Home

Another Southsea Lifestyle reader throws open their doors and talks about the changes they have made to their home. Words… Read more »

Indie Heavyweights Open Victorious Festival 2018

Victorious (24-26 August ‘18) – the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival, has revealed the bill for its opening night – a… Read more »

The New Wave

Words: Chris Horton, Images: My lungs may be burning, my calves are aching and I’m seriously out of breath… Read more »

A Life Without Plastic

Blue Planet has made us aware of plastic pollution in our oceans, but how can we stop using so much… Read more »

Into the Trees…

Written by Lisa Guy and Sophie Lederer We have a passion to inspire children to go out and play; to get… Read more »

The Organ Project

Written by Stella Bahin Thanks to the vision and generosity of earlier benefactors, including one W H Smith, a cathedral-like… Read more »