Travelling to Southsea for a day trip with my little boy, I ventured down to Hotwalls in Old Portsmouth and there, in the last studio was Kendal. A total whizz at Hama Beads, my son sat for an hour making his own Mario that he could take home and I never thought I would see Kendal again. Then we moved to Southsea and on visiting the Crafts in the Tower (back at the beginning of 2018) I saw Kendal again and discovered how much she offers to the creative scene in Southsea and Portsmouth.
“We need to respect the oceans as if our lives depended on it. Because they do.” Sylvia Earle We are drowning in plastic – and as much as it is quite a daunting claim to start with, it’s important to realise we need to act on it and we need to act now.
Opening on Friday 12th April at the Coastguard Studio is the King Ship Tattoo exhibition of contemporary Japanese motifs. Called ‘Mark Of The Orient’ with around 100 pieces of work for sale, it showcases the work and vision of Aaron Willet – owner of the Kings Ship. His style draws inspiration from ancient Japanese tattooing and culture with the exhibition pieces being created in watercolour.
The walls are bare brick and industrial fittings. The tables and lockers are lit with neon and hanging light bulbs; local artwork is splashed across the walls and ceiling whilst the industrial sauce dispenser fits perfectly alongside the custom bar. It’s one of those places that oozes cool and feels like a backstreet New York joint you only know if you know … y’know?
When you look at where we live, with such a fantastic open space right next to the sea, it makes sense that a lot of exercise takes place along this stretch of Southsea. Come springtime you see groups playing sports on Southsea Common with bikes, scooters, rollerbladers and runners using the wide stretch of interesting public spaces. It starts from Clarence Pier and heads right up to Southsea Parade Pier, so it was inevitable that a company would want to start training in this beautiful setting we have.
Christmas is hurtling towards us and it’s time to find the perfect gift for the special people in our lives. At this time of year, it’s especially important to shop local and independent; to support those creators who work so hard crafting truly unique things.
For a very long time, Becketts stood as one of Southsea’s favourite go to restaurant, building a strong reputation. So, when Soraya and Jason Parker took over the pretty grade II building in 2016 on Bellevue Terrace, they didn’t quite realise the extent of the work they were going to do over the next 2.5 years. The couple both fell in love with the idea of a modern eatery in a great location but what seemed like a small renovation turned into a huge project!
Hailing from 13th century China, the martial art of Tai Chi is a beautiful, almost hypnotic practice & one of the most effective exercises for health of mind & body. Although this art has great depth of skill & knowledge, with the right teacher the sequence of slow, fluid movements & breathing techniques is easy to learn & delivers many health benefits.
Heading to Victorious this Bank Holiday weekend? Don’t forget to explore Market Way and check out some wonderful local businesses before heading to the Common Stage to party the night away! This year you’ll find Charlotte Cornelius Jewellery tucked away amongst the many stores; stand 19.
Festival glitter has been around a while but it really does still hold a “wow” factor when it comes to festival fashion. I caught up with Ed from The Southsea Abode to see what he thought was going to be in style this year at our very own Victorious Festival. Ed is my hairdresser and owns the Southsea Abode which sits at the top of Albert Road. He’s going to have a stall at the festival all weekend called ‘Sparkle’ so if you’re feeling the party mood you can pop along and enjoy being glitter pampered for a while – let Ed and his team spoil you!