The seafront is one of the most popular areas of Portsmouth, enjoyed by visitors and residents alike. The beach stretches along the whole southern end of Portsea Island from Old Portsmouth to the conservation area of Eastney.

Next to the beach and seafront promenade, Southsea Common is a vast open space, ideal for kite flying, informal ball games, picnics & barbecues. There are designated barbecue zones on the common, which are shown in the leaflet below, along with useful safety tips.

Find out more about the beach huts, sports, play facilities and tourist attractions run by Portsmouth City Council below, or read the council plans to further  develop the seafront.

For more information, email or phone 023 9282 8112. 

There are two play areas along the seafront for children of all ages, as well as Southsea Skatepark catering for skate boarders, in-line skaters and BMX bikers. You will also find a cricket pitch, tennis courts, bowling greens, crazy golf, pitch and putt and beach volleyball. The three beach volleyball courts, opposite the D-day Museum, can also be used for Beach Soccer.


All open access facilities are available to local residents free of charge.


For more information email or phone 023 9282 8112. 

There are many places to visit along Southsea seafront including  Southsea Castle - one of the historic fortifications built during Henry VIII's reign and the  D-Day Museum.

To find out more about all seafront attractions, including events on Castle Field and the summer programmes of music at The Bandstand and children's entertainment at Canoe Lake, follow the link to  Visit Portsmouth.

Beach huts are a great opportunity for the family to enjoy the beautiful Southsea beachfront and are available to hire for residents on a staycation in Portsmouth.


We manage over 100 beach huts from Canoe Lake to St. Georges Road and Eastney. Annual hire is very popular and, although the waiting list is open, there is a long wait! Contact us to add your name to the beach hut waiting list.


Beach Hut rental is £978 per year for Portsmouth residents.


For a taste of what it would be like to have your very own beach hut, there are two beach huts which can be rented for £159 per week (1 May - 31 September), or £95 for Portsmouth Leisure Card holders. Prices include VAT.


For the first time, we're also offering the opportunity to hire the weekly huts in the low season (1 October - 30 April) for a very reasonable price - £30 per week (or £15 for Leisure Card holders)


For further information, please email

For first aid go to the Lifeguard Centre by the Rock Gardens on the promenade, between The Pyramids and South Parade Pier.

Portsmouth City Council is offering a new and uniquely positioned pop-up opportunity to exhibit a variety of unique cuisines, new food and drink offers that we know are emerging across the city. E-mail for further information. You can find FAQs and guidance on pop-ups in this document, and can apply using this form.

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