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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 Wilson-Parkin… 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 »

Jim’s life scientific

Words by Kate Thompson Suddenly science is the new rock ‘n’ roll and no longer just the preserve of boffins… Read more »

Face to face

A new column, talking to people with passion for what they do. Born in The Czech Republic in 1985, Ladi… Read more »

Making their mark in Southsea

Creative couple Nicky Gray and Mark Jones (aka Fark Fk), from The Tea Tray café in Southsea, have created a street… Read more »

Welcome Home

In the tradition of Through the Keyhole, we are encouraging residents with beautiful, different and downright quirky abodes to throw open… Read more »

Welcome Home

In the tradition of Through the Keyhole, we are encouraging residents with beautiful, different and downright quirky abodes to throw… Read more »

Back to the future with Dr Trudy

Today it’s accepted that robots are likely to become increasingly more common in our lives, not just in industry but… Read more »

Staying on Track

Luke Newton suggests ways of not just improving your fitness in the new year but staying motivated throughout 2018. Christmas… Read more »

Beauty & The Beast: A Magical New Show For Portsmouth

Written by Emma Beatty I’m sitting in Starbucks on Guildhall walk across the road from the New Theatre Royal, chatting… Read more »

The Queens Hotel

Written by Kate Thompson Southsea’s grandest hotel is undergoing a £7m renewal that will reveal once again her regal splendour and… Read more »

Postcards From My Neighbourhood

EXHIBITION DATES: Wednesday 7 February Sunday 15 April 2018 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Saturday 3 February 2018 CELEBRATION EVENT: Saturday 10 February… Read more »

The Toymakers’ Apprentice

A story for Christmas by John Worsey. Illustration by Lorna Apps-Woodland I first saw Issie Oke on the day I… Read more »

Welcome home

Written by Kate Thompson In the tradition of ‘Through the Keyhole,’ we are encouraging residents with beautiful, different and downright… Read more »

Breaking through the clouds

Written by John Worsey Remember, remember the fourth of November. No, that’s not a typo. 4th November 2016 was a… Read more »

New for old

Written by Mark Harris Next year is the 20th anniversary of the English publication of Georges Perec’s Species of Spaces… Read more »

Putting the plus into size

Written by Kate Thompson WHEN David West of Portsmouth was given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go on a luxury holiday… Read more »

Half Term: Low Cost, Maximum Fun

Written by Girl About Southsea It feels as though we have only just sent the kids back to school in… Read more »

Songs and Stories

It has been a big year for Southsea songwriter Becky Jerams. Not only has she chased the Eurovision dream (cowritten… Read more »

The Portsmouth Wrestler

Written by John Worsey Not long ago, Rishi Ghosh spent his days as a social worker, selflessly supporting vulnerable people to… Read more »

Welcome Home…

Written by Kate Thompson With such a cool, creative vibe happening in Southsea, it stands to reason there must be some… Read more »

The King’s Anniversary

Written by Chris Horton This month sees the 110th anniversary of one of Southsea’s most loved establishments; The King’s Theatre…. Read more »

4 study habits for the new academic year

Written by Howard Jones, of Love to Learn By early September it’s back to business after the freedom and fun of… Read more »

Pots and Planters

Big, bold and beautiful. Modern garden designers tend to lean towards this vision when asked to use pots and planters… Read more »

Jack House Gallery

Written by Kevin Dean Just over two years ago Rebecca Crow opened The Jack House Gallery in Old Portsmouth. Kevin… Read more »

The sun always shines on Southsea

Written by Tara Knight Southsea comes alive in the summer, and this year my son Alfie and I are embracing the… Read more »

Write On: Angelo Tirotto’s Stories

Written by John Worsey From one island to another, writer Angelo Tirotto’s journey from Guernsey to Portsmouth fulfilled an age-old narrative:… Read more »

While You Were Sleeping…

Written by Neil Maxwell One of the frustrations of being part of the Portsmouth RNLI Lifeboat crew is that not many… Read more »

Southsea Vibes

Written by Girl About Southsea There are many things I love about Southsea, including the variety of activities and things… Read more »

Victorious Festival 2017

As proud sponsors of Victorious Festival, Southsea Lifestyle looks forward to a great bank holiday weekend – 25, 26 &… Read more »

The New Wave

Written by Chris Horton Beer has of course suffered a long standing stereotype of being a ‘man’s drink’, though these days… Read more »