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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 »

Letting their worlds collide

Kate Thompson When creative Southsea couple Nia and Tim Hobbs decided to set up in business together, they knew it… Read more »

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 25th February 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 »