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The trouble with Aquind

  Rarely, if ever, does an issue unite people of all political persuasions, local and national politicians and residents of… Read more »

Shant on

I’m writing this after my first beer inside a pub. It was glorious. I think we’ve all made the best… Read more »

Victorious Festival 2021

Victorious Festival — The UK’s biggest metropolitan music festival — will return to Southsea Seafront this August Bank holiday weekend… Read more »

The History House

When award winning interior designer Richard Dewhurst moved into Atlas House in Old Portsmouth, he was always destined to leave his… Read more »

Could the UK Help Save the World’s Rainforests?

As the deforestation crisis continues, world tracker the World Counts reveals that in 78 years, rainforests will cease to exist… Read more »

My Kind of BBQ

Words: Daniel Nowland, Photos: Charlotte Griffiths Fingers crossed that as we move into June and July, we can start enjoying… Read more »

Beyond the Chapel doors – ART SPACE PORTSMOUTH

Walking past the former Methodist chapel in Brougham Road, you’d be forgiven for not realising that the building has been… Read more »

The Omega Art School

The Omega Art School for adults started in late 2019 and quickly became extremely popular, but had to close in… Read more »

Victorious Festival 2021

Victorious Festival — The UK’s biggest metropolitan music festival — will return to Southsea Seafront this August Bank holiday weekend… Read more »

Springtime Picnics

By Daniel Nowland I think we are all quietly optimistic that a lifting of restrictions on our social lives will… Read more »

Cycling in the City

Bike sales are booming, but can suppliers keep up and can the city council keep cyclists safe? W ere you… Read more »

Southsea artist brings the past to life through her paintings

By Kate Thompson Casting around for inspiration one day, Fizle Sagar hit upon the perfect way to bring the past… Read more »

The plight of the bumble (and other) bees…

When we think of bees, we mostly think of Winnie the Pooh’s arch nemesis (and feminist icon) the honeybee, or… Read more »

We’ll soon feel the heat on the Costa Del Solent

Climate change is here and our city will never be the same again. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth are… Read more »

Revealing History

How a former sail loft has been stripped back, extended and enhanced to become the perfect waterside home. By Kate… Read more »

In salute of Southsea’s Elms

By Emma Beatty Portsmouth has one of the lowest numbers of trees of any British city – and there are… Read more »

Southsea Baked

My partner came home from work one morning, telling me all the flights were being cancelled and the airport was… Read more »

The upside of lockdown

The past 12 months has seen so much tragedy but the Coronavirus has also afforded a special time that families… Read more »

Home swapping

With no guarantee of being able to holiday abroad this summer, and with stretched household budgets, Ruth Taylor discusses an… Read more »

Lifehouse remains a beacon during the pandemic

By Kate Thompson A unanimous vote to stay open at the outset of the pandemic has placed Lifehouse volunteers at… Read more »

An artist finds his voice

By Kate Thompson T here haven’t been too many positive things to come out of the pandemic. But seeing regular… Read more »

Crumbs of joy

If I had to dig real deep and try and find some gratitude for the rollercoaster that has been 2020,… Read more »

How Small Gestures Can Make Big Environmental Changes

With climate change and the environment on everyone’s minds these days, isn’t it time to start making some lifestyle changes?… Read more »

My first Southsea stroll

By Vanessa Brumm   I’d like you and I to explore Southsea, with new eyes, a pen in one hand,… Read more »

Lasting Powers of Attorney – A vital life management tool

  By Annabelle C Jones LLM – Solicitor In this time of uncertainty, looking after yourself, as well as our… Read more »

Good Grief

by Brian Frederick     On the day Joe Biden took office, I was interviewed by a local radio station… Read more »

Low Cost Cooking 

Regardless of how ‘small’ Christmas may have been, it can still be a time when we spend more money than… Read more »

Welcome Home

Welcome Home Emma has created her own safe sanctuary. By Kate Thompson   “If this past year has taught us… Read more »

Red Velvet Martini

Red Velvet Martini Makes 1 Inspired by the famous red velvet cake, this striking ruby red cocktail is flavoured with… Read more »

Design your Sense of Freedom

Following the success of the Charlotte Cornelius Jewellery Design competition last year, you are invited to send designs for the… Read more »

Tips for Making a Smooth Transition into Entrepreneurship

  Entrepreneurship offers more flexibility and freedom than you would get as an employee. It can also be one of… Read more »

University in a time of covid

By Ishika Rakshit a first-year student at the University of Portsmouth In September 2020, my parents and I stood outside… Read more »

Watching for Lapwing, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Lapwing, green plover, peewit, tewit – this bird of many names is a spectacular sight in winter. You don’t always… Read more »

Thrive with Style in 2021

Style and Career Consultant, Emma Gotz talks to Southsea Lifestyle and shares her top tips to thrive with style in… Read more »

Domestic abuse campaign asks: Is This Love? Or is it domestic abuse?

  A new campaign to highlight the signs of domestic abuse in the run up to Christmas and New Year,… Read more »

Kerbside glass recycling

Exasperated from seeing glass recycling banks overflowing, Oliver Oakley and his business partner Owen Horsley set up Just Glass last… Read more »

Crimbo Wino: How To Drink Well!

  Southsea Wine Siren aka The Grape Slayer Right, who’s thirsty?! Given the predilection for over-indulgence that xmas inevitably brings,… Read more »

An important message from Father Christmas

  Southsea Lifestyle are privileged to have been sent a special email from the man himself, which he asked us… Read more »

Tickled pink at Southsea Guitar Centre

  Tickled pink at Southsea Guitar Centre written By John Worsey   D uring lockdown, my newfound ‘you only live once’… Read more »

Culture Vulture

Culture Vulture written by Emma Beatty Did you see the queues to get into the old Debenhams on Palmerston Road… Read more »

Shop, or takeaway – all at the click of a mouse

The second lockdown has particularly affected our retailers and hospitality sector at a time when many of them would normally… Read more »

Art + Science

Southsea children’s illustrator and writer Neal Layton, talks about his influences and how his book Poo helped him to develop a… Read more »

No Distractions

Following the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer, photographer Charlotte Griffiths began to photograph people of colour living in… Read more »

Welcome Home

Home is where the art is. By Kate Thompson Ever since she was a child, Claire Harvey has enjoyed making… Read more »

Festive Feasting

by Daniel Nowland   Let’s face it, Christmas is going to be odd this year. It’s too early to know… Read more »

Africa and The Solent

  In celebration of October’s Black History Month James Rayner talks about some of the discoveries he made for his recent… Read more »

Does your homemade mask work?

This article was first published in The Conversation   by Simon Kolstoe, Senior Lecturer in Evidence Based Healthcare and… Read more »

Play on, play on

W ith the recent easing of lockdown measures, across a number of sectors, including theatres, music and performance spaces. As… Read more »

Top tips for choosing a school during the Covid-19 pandemic

By Jane Prescott  When choosing a school for your child after a search online it is usual to make a… Read more »

Mayville High School – educating the ‘whole child’ – the head, the hands, the heart

Mayville High School was founded on the core principle of educating the ‘whole child’ – the head, the hands, the… Read more »

Cooking Through Covid

The ‘C’ word has rocked our world this year, from how we socialise, to what we’re eating. The panic buying… Read more »

Totally well

Luke Newton of Sweat Fitness takes a sideways look at how there’s more to keeping ourselves fit and well than… Read more »

Southsea Choir hits the right note

  Cantando Female Voice Community Choir has been hitting the right note during the lockdown, raising money for an important… Read more »

Pressing play

By Malisa Sledmare Its been a tough time for everyone recently, not least for the numerous entertainment venues both near… Read more »

Smoking Gun Sausages Recipe

by Elly Mitchell Once upon a time the term ‘voyage’ was used to describe a long journey, often involving perilous… Read more »

The Crafty Vulture

Make do and mend – letting go of lockdown by Emma Beatty And we’re back; wending our way out of… Read more »

The Grapes are not withered on the vine after all

by Neil Maxwell The announcement that estate agents could re-open on the 20th May took our industry completely by surprise…. Read more »

Clarion call for plastics revolution

  Adapted article from SOLVE magazine, the University of Portsmouth’s recently-published research magazine. See   REPORT BY BRAD COLLIS… Read more »

Why the Black Lives Matter protest was so important to me

We asked Southsea student Sienna Chin to give us her thoughts on attending the recent Black Lives Matter protest in… Read more »

Thoughts on COVID-19 from a Portsmouth GP

  2020 will go down in history as ‘The year of COVID-19’. For many of us, life has changed beyond… Read more »

Celebrating and educating – BLM Movement

The photographer and marketing consultant, Charlotte Griffiths, took Sienna’s photo – “Why the Black Lives Matter protest was so important… Read more »

Turn a crisis into an opportunity

Over the past few weeks and months, many of us have been enjoying our turquoise seas, clean air, and quieter… Read more »

Welcome Home

  If lockdown has taught us all one thing, it is the importance of the place we call home. Kate Thompson… Read more »


Portsmouth based artists and photographers are taking part in a national charity auction to raise funds for FareShare UK Taking… Read more »

Home alone, or in a busy household – we all need a little empathy 

  Although our homes have always been considered to be a form of sanctuary from the rest of the world,… Read more »

Delivering hot meals to vulnerable residents from The Duke

Words and drawings by Kevin Dean Two days before the official Covid-19 lockdown, Fiona and Andrew Harvey, along with their… Read more »

Southsea songbird harnesses technology to keep singing

While many people during the lockdown have been getting to grips with Zoom calls for business meetings or to keep… Read more »

How is Covid-19 affecting the housing market?

The housing market often suffers whenever the economy is under pressure. We asked Neil Maxwell of Fry & Kent for… Read more »

Supporting Local Businesses During Lockdown

We’re all adjusting to this strange new lifestyle that has been sprung upon us, as a result of COVID-19. Some… Read more »

Portsmouth City Council Updates

With the extension to the lockdown, it has become apparent that our professional and personal lives will remain in a… Read more »

Cooking for the community during the Coronavirus lockdown

Vulnerable people in Portsmouth will be tucking into delicious dishes prepared at the Queens Hotel Southsea during the Coronavirus lockdown…. Read more »

Boredom Busters Two

Issue two Let us know what you have enjoyed and share your own ideas and boredom buster tips you have… Read more »

Ghostly goings on …

An advert for Ecko appliances, an electronic brand that manufactured radios and TVs from 1924 to 1960 became visible when… Read more »

Portsmouth City Council Updates

PORTSMOUTH CITY COUNCIL CULTURE, LEISURE & REGULATORY SERVICES NEWS & UPDATES The last few weeks have been an incredibly difficult… Read more »

Hope in the time of coronavirus

Looking through my window from the inside, outside looks normal. Outside looks how I’ve been hoping it would look for… Read more »

Isolation – Week Four

  Why I miss washing my kid’s school uniforms. It’s four weeks since I wrote my last piece about being… Read more »

Boredom Busters one

Welcome to Southsea Lifestyle’s Boredom Buster, designed to keep you busy and engaged on quiet days. Let us know what… Read more »

Putting Covid-19 anxiety into lockdown

Written by Elly Mitchell The world has become a little topsy turvy hasn’t it? There is a real sense of… Read more »

Culture Vulture

Not going out. Things to do in Southsea when you’re self-isolating, by Emma Beatty I’ve had a ‘persistent cough’ for… Read more »

Welcome Home

Our Welcome Home feature is an opportunity to speak to Southsea residents about their abodes and what they like best… Read more »

Southsea Beach Clean

By Jake Hughes If you have ever noticed people scouring Southsea beach with litter pickers, it will probably be Southsea… Read more »

Welcome Home

After coming through an emotional few years filled with upset and loss, Annabel Benton has created a living space in… Read more »

Face to Face

Talking to people with passion for what they do.  By Justin Strain. Matt Wingett, photo: Paul Windsor   Matt Wingett… Read more »

The Knight & Lee Effect

Although independent traders were fearing the worst this Christmas following the closure of Knight & Lee in Palmerston Road, a… Read more »

New Year, New Food

  Ten mouth-watering eateries around Southsea to help you kick-start 2020 in style. By Elly Mitchell Whilst the majority of the… Read more »

Mates before Dates

The perfect match for your anti-Valentine’s weekend by Elly Mitchell It’s that time of year again; supermarket shelves are adorned… Read more »

What do the 2020s have in store for Portsmouth?

By John Worsey  It’s the cold, dark and drizzly end of a long, busy January day. But at the Portsmouth… Read more »

The Southsea Lifestyle Anniversary

In January, Southsea Lifestyle will be fifteen years old, Kate Thompson talks to Zirrinia Austin Dean about how it all started…. Read more »

It’s time to go green or at least try to…

Tamara Gingham takes on climate change – one step at a time Now, I’m no eco warrior, I’ve got the… Read more »

Life’s never a drag with the Fabulous Miss G

Words by Kate Thompson “ I don’t feel right until the lashes are on – and then I become Miss… Read more »

An Attitude of Gratitude

Words by Charla Grant The festive period and the arrival of a New Year can be a tricky time. As… Read more »

A Christmas Ghost on Palmerston Road

By John Worsey & Charles Dickens ‘ Unbelievable!’ Morris cried. ‘I’ve come all the way to Knight & Lee and… Read more »

Mulled Wine recipe – Brasserie Blanc

Nothing gets us in the mood for Christmas quite like the smell of warm mulled wine.  So, to kick start… Read more »

Trifle Serve Recipe – The Alchemist

Gunwharf Quays’ newest bar and restaurant, The Alchemist, will be serving up an exciting array of festive-themed tipples in addition… Read more »

Shop local this Christmas

There are so many good reasons to shop local this Christmas. But if you want one, or should we say… Read more »

Culture Vulture

Christmas Crackers, by Emma Beatty “ Tis the season to be jolly: Christmas is looming and there’s lots on offer… Read more »

The Omega Art School

Have you always wanted to paint and draw? Whether you are a complete beginner or a more experienced artist, now… Read more »

Red Box Project helps girls across the world

Words by Kate Thompson A project to ensure every girl has access to sanitary wear has led to a change… Read more »

Professor turned DJ

Maricar Jagger, Events Officer at The University of Portsmouth “My 17 year old self probably wouldn’t believe that I would… Read more »

Finding a Greener Way

Words: John Worsey It’s been another long, hot summer on the Costa del Portsmouth. And from record breaking temperatures in… Read more »