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Award-winning festival reveals all four headliners! Also, joining the bumper line-up for next summer is: Courteeners, Pixies, Becky Hill, Wet… Read more »

Sunday roasts to boast about

Words by Elly Hughes They say a Sunday well-spent brings a week of content, and I’m fairly certain there’s no… Read more »

The Joy of Creativity

The Omega Art School Starting with one small class in 2020, just before Covid struck, the Omega Art School for… Read more »


Gavin Hodson talks about a new arts venture for Portsmouth A small group of artists have joined forces to create… Read more »

Seasonal Affective Disorder

What is it and how to prevent it affecting your sleep – Words by Molly Goffin With the changing of… Read more »


Southsea Lifestyle talks to Charlotte Cornelius about her flourishing business and the environmental issues that surround the jewellery industry. As… Read more »


Word by Elly Hughes The act of ‘slow living’ has become a popular topic of conversation in recent months. It… Read more »

Embrace Your Creative Journey

Enroll at Southsea’s Omega Art School Southsea’s renowned Omega Art School is gearing up for a new term, offering half-day… Read more »

KEKEE MANZIL – House of Art

I am a filmmaker living on the Isle of Wight for many years and I’m delighted to have my film… Read more »

Building on a great tradition

Kate Thompson A shortage of heritage skills required to safeguard the very fabric of historic buildings was the starting point… Read more »

Art in the Autumn

The 18th September is the beginning of the autumn term at The Omega Art School for adults. It’s also our… Read more »

Victorious Festival

Victorious returns this month for the August Bank Holiday weekend (25th-27th August), with an even bigger line-up and three full… Read more »

Southsea food Festival 2023

Southsea Food Festival, Portsmouth’s ultimate family foodie event returns packed with stalls offering goodies from some of the best food… Read more »

Bringing new life – mixing old with new!

Word by: Charlotte Cornelius Remodelling is an exciting adventure, together we will create a new design for a much-loved inherited… Read more »

Charlie’s sense of style

Words: Kate Thompson. Photos: Jennifer Channer, owner/photographer at Liberty Photography When Southsea-based stylist and jewellery designer Charlie Smith offered to… Read more »

Choosing a diamond

Barbara Tipple   When choosing a diamond, it is important to have the help of an experienced manufacturing jeweller who… Read more »

Victorious Festival Ranks Third in a List of Top 10 UK Festivals

Multi-award-winning Victorious Festival (25/26/27 August 2023) – the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival – has been rated as the third best… Read more »

An unexpected windfall

Words: Kate Thompson As soon as you walk into  Mark and Jan Taylor’s super stylish Southsea flat, you can tell… Read more »

Local heroes

Jim Harbridge of Herbies Health Store talks about their increasing range of local products ‘Although we stock a large selection… Read more »

Passion for Greece

Words by Daniel Nowland I’m writing this feature at a time when some little teasers of spring are in the… Read more »

2023 Sweat Fitness Festival

Words By Luke Newton Over the years I’ve been grateful to advertise and sporadically write for Southsea Lifestyle. It’s been… Read more »

Keeping the love in our house

Words: Kate Thompson. Photos: Millard Installations Ltd. Like many couples, Paula and her husband Andy truly love their Southsea home,… Read more »

Kevin Dean talks about the background to The Omega Art School and reigniting creativity

  So many people have told me how their interest in art and creativity was discouraged when they were young,… Read more »

A Green 2023?

Neil Maxwell Housing activity for the first quarter of the year, looks promising, we’re seeing a whole panoply of buyers… Read more »

Barbara Tipple

Diamonds International Award winner 50th Anniversary Barbara Tipple was awarded a Diamonds International Award (DIA) whilst she was a first-year… Read more »


Competition to win the ultimate band experience! Recording Session, Festival Tour & More. The Road To Victorious is an exciting new… Read more »

Reading between the lines

Words by Kate Thompson It’s estimated that as many as 10,000 adults in Portsmouth could be struggling to read, according… Read more »

Which way is up?

Words by Neil Maxwell I like to have stats and figures to illustrate my articles, especially when so much is… Read more »


Words by Charla GrantAs I sit here and write this, I think about everything that happened in 2022. Joy, sorrow,… Read more »


2023 promises to be an exciting year at The Omega Art School. ”We are planning two new beginners courses to… Read more »

Christmas Party Food!

Words: Daniel Nowland   For me, like many others, the highlight of Christmas and New Year is largely about the… Read more »

The pleasure is in the detail

Words: Kate Thompson Photos: Portico Marketing Having seen so many of the beautiful Southsea homes that he has enhanced with… Read more »

Bricks and Morta

Words by Neil Maxwell. It’s at time like these I wish I had a better functioning crystal ball. Some people… Read more »

The Platform Women’s Small Business Summit

Our very first business summit is so exciting!     When it comes to business the main hurdles we have… Read more »

We Shine Portsmouth!

Witness Portsmouth shine once again this Winter Following a successful launch last year, Portsmouth Creates is bringing back popular event,… Read more »

Why I don’t want you to buy my products…

Lou Lea, Founder of TABBY FIREFLY Sounds counterintuitive, right? A small business owner asking readers not to buy their products?… Read more »

Colin McCloud, an antique dealer on the road…

Southsea Lifestyle talks to Colin McCloud about his life as an antique dealer and his travels abroad. ‘I learnt about the… Read more »

Letting the light in…

Words: Kate Thompson. Photos: Portico Marketing Southsea couple Alex and Sam moved into their listed 19th century terraced home in… Read more »

Herbies top tips for cutting food costs

As food prices rise, the natural inclination is to seek out the supermarkets for cut price deals. But there is… Read more »

Sam’s Place update

Southsea Lifestyle talks to Anne Yendell manager of Sam’s Place about the pleasures and pressures of running a charity shop…. Read more »

Praise Be For Pasta

Words: Daniel NowlandRight now we are being overwhelmed with the “rising cost of living”. This is likely to affect all… Read more »

Cool in every sense…

Words: Kate Thompson. Photos: Fry & Kent On the hottest day the UK has ever experienced, there was no cooler… Read more »

The World Music Village

Victorious Festival – 26/27/28 August 2022 The popular World Music Village curated by the charity Arms Around the Child at Victorious Festival… Read more »

Victorious Festival

4 weeks to go! Multi-award-winning Victorious Festival –the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival –will return once again to Southsea Seafront this Summer. Already announced… Read more »

My favourite summer lunch 

Words: Daniel Nowland  I’m sat writing this article on the beach at Eastney in the sunshine, thinking to myself how… Read more »

Art for Afghanistan 

Art for Afghanistan hopes to create a fun event where three professional artists will share their expertise and advice as… Read more »

Culture alert?

Emma Beatty As Portsmouth is being identified as a “Priority Place” for culture by Arts Council England, one of its… Read more »

Getting Creative

Kevin Dean artist, editor, and tutor, talks about creativity and his ambitions for The Omega Art School All humans are creative…. Read more »

No act is too small

  Did you know that here in Portsmouth, we can’t put Tetra Pak cartons in with our normal recycling? I… Read more »

Property Styling V Interior Design

  What is property styling and how does it compare to interior design? Charlie Smith compares the two services and… Read more »

Recipes from paradise

Brought up in Sardinia, now living in Southsea and working as a banker in London, Stefano De Luca has created… Read more »

The ultimate lockdown project

Words: Kate Thompson While many of us took to baking bread or painting with watercolour during the lockdown, Amanda Percival… Read more »

Say Cheese

Words: Daniel Nowland At this time of year I did presume I would write all about super healthy plant based… Read more »

Victorious Festival

Stereophonics Headline Friday Night James, The Wombats, Sugababes, Nothing But Thieves and Sophie Ellis-Bextor join the line-up – many more… Read more »

Delights for writers at Bookfest

Novelist William Sutton previews Bookfest’s writing events.  For full listings see W riting is a solitary pastime: if you… Read more »

New Year – Cleansed Spaces – Clutter Free Home

Living in untidiness keeps our minds active and it visually reminds us, all of the time, that we have things… Read more »

Why outdoor learning matters for young children

The Early Years are a wonderful time for instilling a lifelong love of learning and building up experiences within an… Read more »

Superfoods for super skin

Superfoods for super skin Samantha Worsey As a skincare formulator professionally and psoriasis sufferer personally, I know the science is… Read more »

Isle of Wight Doughnuts – A Forgotten Local Speciality

A recipe from James Rayner’s book ‘Historic Isle of Wight Food’, available from Wightlink Ferry terminals and retailers on the… Read more »

Is It A home or a Deal?

An Estate Agent’s legal obligation is to get the best possible price for the property they are selling. So, as… Read more »

Art School for Adults

A rt colleges don’t have to be just for the young or super talented. And after a long career of… Read more »

Stress Free Christmas Entertaining

Words: Daniel Nowland Obviously, it being December, I feel compelled to talk about Christmas dinners! Personally, it’s one of my… Read more »

A city of sanctuary and kindness

Portsmouth has been designated a City of Sanctuary, one of a series of cities across the UK who welcome refugees,… Read more »

Autumnal Pleasures

  Words: Daniel Nowland The changing of the season is always a fun time for those who love to cook…. Read more »

A Sustaining business

Jim Harbridge, owner of Herbies, talks about looking after customers and the planet “It’s vital that just because a product… Read more »

Culture Vulture

Long live the Southsea Dinosaur! By Emma Beatty D o you remember the Southsea Dinosaur? The 16-metre-high, scrap-wood statue that… Read more »

Coastal Remedy goes from strength to strength

  Head to Marmion Road to experience the expanding hub of independent retailers. Becky opened Coastal Remedy an independent lifestyle… Read more »

Watch out at Barbara Tipple

Barbara and David are introducing fine vintage watches to their beautiful shop in Marmion Road.’We plan to showcase the watches… Read more »

Portsmouth Climate Festival

Climate change affects all of us–in every country and on every continent. Here in Portsmouth we are already witnessing changes… Read more »

Food For Thought

We all know wine and food go well together, but…watch out wine, there’s a new pairing on the block. It’s… Read more »

Southsea Past and Present

My Dog Sighs and Manfred Mann. By Emma Beatty My Dog Sighs installation Did you manage to go inside My… Read more »

Computer Says No!

Neil Maxwell Up and down the country there is now a shortage of property coming to the market, with plenty… Read more »

Play, train and compete in one of the UK’s most sustainable sports centres

The University of Portsmouth’s new Ravelin Sports Centre is an outstanding new sports centre for students and local residents. Superb… Read more »

Free fix if TV interference occurs in Southsea

Mobile networks are being improved in Southsea, boosting speed, performance and coverage. There is a small chance these upgrades may cause interference to TV received through an aerial… Read more »

Root for Vegetables with a Ribollitta Stew and an Umami Twist

Plant-based seasoning brand, Yondu, has been taking inspiration from the hills of Northern Italy with their take on a rustic… Read more »

Rowans Hospice Charity in Great South Run

As we emerge from the last 18 months and all that has resulted from the Pandemic, the Rowans Hospice Charity… Read more »

Buying Local Food

  Shopping locally and buying British are things most people know in the back of their mind as “good to… Read more »

Victorious Festival

Victorious Festival (27th-29th August) is the perfect place to spend your bank holiday weekend with a line-up brimming with heavyweight… Read more »

Susan Says No Way to Throw-Away Society

When Susan van Nieuwkerk and her family moved into their central Southsea home, they reckoned they would be there for… Read more »

Farewell to the Queen of Albert Road

Admired by many as the Queen of Albert Road, Sue Parmiter, always cut a stylish dash with her signature red… Read more »

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 »