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Baja Mexicali

Three friends who met at Portsmouth University started Baja Mexicali in Whiteley and were encouraged by its success to open… Read more »

The Benefits of LANO

Southsea Lifestyle talks to Neil Smith about the benefits of yoga and why his yoga studio in Elm Grove is… Read more »

Quiet luxury is coming to Southsea

Words by: Kate Thompson   Quiet luxury is coming to Southsea with the much- anticipated launch of Solent View. Think… Read more »

Realising your artistic ambitions

Last month, The Omega Art School for adults, opened its second, highly successful annual exhibition at The Jack House Gallery… Read more »


We asked local author William Sutton about Bookfest 2024 What is Portsmouth Bookfest? WS: Bookfest is a Portsmouth-wide event celebrating… Read more »

Date Ideas for Couples in Southsea

Word by Elly Hughes Valentine’s Day might be just around the corner, but surely we shouldn’t reserve romance for just… Read more »


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


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

Local heroes

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »


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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »


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

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 »

Autumn Lovelist

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »