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A stroll along the seaside - Southsea, Hampshire

So in order to go somewhere, we need to start somewhere. The place that we start our journeys is Portsmouth in Hampshire.

Living by the seaside really has its benefits and we try, whenever we can, to get the kids down to the wonderful seafront.

Southsea is so much more than a seaside as well, it is is own microcosm of culture, food, art and more. I'd like to explore Southsea, bit by bit, for those either who want to come here (or even those that have been here a while!) to discover and explore it for themselves.

There’s so much to discover down Southsea seafront, here’s a rundown of a three special places to me.

Canoe Lake

When I first moved to Portsmouth, I moved in with my dad. My mum had just died and, since then, our relationship has been difficult. However, the flat we lived in was opposite the Canoe Lake. My sister also lives close by and it’s where I was living when I met my husband.

It’s the perfect place to take the kids. There are swans, paddle boats, a lovely couple of cafés (including the wonderful Green’s Café), and in the summer and holidays there are inflatables, a splash park and swings.

We usually toddle down here when it’s quiet and take a picnic. The bigger one likes watching the swans and taking photos with her dad. I walk the baby around in her pushchair and take the world in.

Even better, there’s free parking.

The Tenth Hole

Southsea is synonymous with cake. There are cafes and restaurants coming out of our ears, and the food and wonderfully quirky proprietors are the reason why they are so beloved.

The Tenth Hole comes complete with a mini-golf course (though I’ve never once had a go!) but the real star of the show is the cakes on offer. From Snickers Cake to sponges dripping with cream, you’ll need a sleep and a run after a tea here. They also do the most amazing brunch and is often my request for those snoozy Sunday days out.

Plus the kids (and grown ups are rather fond of a slice or two of cake!)

South Parade Pier

This is a pier with a history. Ask any Portsmouth resident and they’ve got a memory and an opinion. My own range from running around with an old friend in the snow and having my wedding photos taken under the pier. Though many will recount the (numerous times) it set fire (The Who filming Tommy are mainly to blame!), fishing, ice-cream and the wonderful music and events that used to be held at the Gaiety Bar.

Recently reopened after being lovingly restored by local firm Warings after falling into disrepair by its previous owners.

On the pier you can choose from Gyroland, Deep Blue fish and chips, ice-cream parlour and even burger and tea spots. There’s also the wonderful arcade inside as well.

It throws back to being a kid and everywhere you look there’s a little, wonderful detail to enjoy.


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