Southsea is a lovely part of the big city
of Portsmouth. It sits on the southern tip of the island and that’s where you should come
down for a lovely day on the coast. There are lovely shops along Palmerston and Albert Roads and a nice walk along the pebble beach from historic Old Portsmouth to
It’s also wheelchair and pushchair accessible, so the whole family can
enjoy a walk on the seafront. And once you’ve done that, what else to do but to
sample some of the delightful cafes Southsea has to offer. The Tenth Hole (023 9283 0009) Eastern
Parade, Southsea PO4 9RF If you start in Eastney, you will see a
well-known establishment in Southsea, whose name is synonymous with cake. It’s
cakes galore! The portions are large and the prices economical. The only
problem is choosing one! Find out what Southsea has been talking about all
these years. Casa de Castro (023 9281 1883) 96a Albert Road,
Southsea PO5 2SN I was wondering why a friend kept insisting
I go with her to this cafe. Well,…
The new season of Portsmouth Chamber Music series kicks off on 25 September with the incomparable pianist Paul Lewis.
Lewis has a busy international career, appearing in concert halls around the globe. He is renowned for his performances of the Viennese masters, and we will be treated to favourite works by Beethoven, Haydn and Brahms.
Then on the 30 October, we welcome back the Van Kuijk Quartet which so captivated the Portsmouth audience last season. First prize winners of the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition in 2015 they will perform string quartets by Mendelssohn, Janáček and Ravel.
Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen has been touring the great UK and European concert halls last year as part of the ECHO Rising Stars series. Her partnership with star accompanist James Baillieu sees a programme of Schubert and Prokofiev sonatas sandwiched between works by C.P.E. Bach in their 27 November concert.
Welcome the new year with the series’ resident Ensemble 360 on 29 January, with a prog…
Saturday is chores day, but I cannot miss the Created in Portsmouth arts and crafts trail, which saw local artists and crafters opening their studios to the public.
I had very little time so briskly made my way to Darlington Road, where bookmaker and paper artist Adrian Munday was opening his front room to showcase some of the fabulous books he has made. The photographs of the books were enticing enough, but to actually feel the books yourself was quite something. I know I have a thing about stationary, but these books were exquisite!
Adrian's mother Shirley also had her crafts on display and she was an amazing woman who has a passion of beading and embroidery. You cannot miss her enthusiasm for the crafts and she couldn't avoid infecting me with her delight in crafting. Safe to say that I could not walk away without purchasing one of her beautifully crafted beaded bracelet.
Having had such an inspiring visit with these two I thought it would be churlish to skip the studio on …