10 springtime things to enjoy in Portsmouth and Southsea
January and February are December’s Christmas hangover: the cold wet weather lingers, and things just aren’t quite as fun. March starts turning things around, but when April arrives and brings spring with it, stuff really starts kicking off.
Almost every other day has been hot and sunny this month. The shorts are out in full force, those good springtime vibes have made a comeback, and there are loads of opportunities to get out and enjoy the city.
Here are ten things we’re looking forward to this spring!
A pint or five on Brewhouse & Kitchen’s terrace
Brewhouse & Kitchen in Guildhall Walk have just opened their rooftop terrace, where you can enjoy a home-brewed beverage whilst soaking up the rays.
While you’re there, enjoy Burger Mondays, Wings Wednesdays, Meet the Brewer Thursdays, and other events and offers. See their brews and food on their website »
Shop local at the monthly Love Southsea Markets
An eclectic mix of traders will be setting up stalls at the Love Southsea Market in Palmerston Road on the first weekend of each month — from makers, artists, illustrators, and vintage clothes traders to jewellery makers, shabby chic sellers, and giftware stalls.
And, ideal for lunchtime, they always offer a diverse selection of street food traders!
Take a walk along South Parade Pier
Photo by Johnny Black Photography
We’re so happy South Parade Pier has reopened! Head along on one of the many sunny days we’re enjoying right now, take in the views, and try your luck on a massive hall of arcade games — a mix of old and modern classics await you.
And take a stroll along Southsea Beach while you’re there, too. Get an ice cream from the pier, sit with your feet touching the tide, and watch boats glide in and out of the harbour.
Meditate on Southsea Beach with Portsmouth Yoga
Portsmouth Yoga and Southsea Sangha have teamed up to host yoga sessions on Southsea Beach every Wednesday, from 7:00am to 7:30am — the absolute best method of midweek rejuvenation.
Bring your zafu cushion, a blanket, and warm clothes to the space on the beach beside Coffee Cup, and refresh your body and spirit!
Bag a bargain at the Southsea Common car boot
The mornings are getting warmer earlier, and we’re getting out the door earlier! Get out and about just after dawn on Sunday mornings and explore the car boot sales on Southsea Common.
Get rejuvenated by the fresh sea air and hunt for some bargains from 7:00am to 2:00pm. Find out more on Team Locals »
Breakfast in the sunshine at Southsea Beach Café
Since the days have been getting warmer, Southsea Beach Cafe have been opening their roof more and more.
Enjoy a Full English, Thick Shake, Purbeck Ice Cream, and much more quality food and drink in the sunshine, right on the idillic location of Southsea beach. Read more about Southsea Beach Cafe on Team Locals Places »
Shop your spring wardrobe at Gunwharf Quays and the Southsea Shopping district
Gunwharf is a perfect place to take a leisurely stroll around, taking advantage of outlet prices which chop as much as 70% off retail prices. There are loads of inviting restaurants and bars, all boasting balconies and outdoor dining areas.
Also venture to the local high streets, including Palmerston Road, Marmion Road, Elm Grove, Albert Road, and Winter Road. There are hundreds of unique independent stores scattered across Portsmouth — have fun walking and exploring them all!
Swan about on Canoe Lake
Pedalling around Canoe Lake in a giant swan is a must during the warmer months! Canoe Lake has stretches of green that are primed for picnics, a play park for the kids, an ice cream kiosk, and the fabulous Greens Café serving up delicious organic food.
There’s also the newly-renovated Cumberland House Natural History Museum, tennis courts, a miniature golf course, and the newly-relaunched South Parade Pier just over the road.
Pizza by the ocean at Mozzarella Joes
Mozzarella Joes’ fresh made-to-order stonebaked pizzas are a local favourite, and their dog-friendly outdoor seating area overlooks the Solent.
Lap up the sunshine with gourmet pizzas, cocktails and mocktails, milkshakes, catches of the day, 8oz burgers, salads, and a range of sweet tooth-pleasing desserts.
Enjoy live music at the Southsea Bandstand
The most popular free outdoor music events on Southsea’s annual calendar, Southsea Bandstand once again brings a huge roster of local bands and musicians to the seaside, starting from May 27th.
See Kingz of Leon, Fleetingwood Mac, Richard Morris, and plenty more amazing acts live during the spring and summer months.