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There are many places to play tennis in Portsmouth, including courts near Southsea seafront and a new tennis centre in Stamshaw.

A new online booking system for the council's free outdoor tennis courts at Milton, Drayton and Cosham means that you must register and book instead of turning up to play.

But this does mean no queuing for a game, just book online and turn up at the right time for your session.

The new system means you'll have a guaranteed slot and can book in up to a week in advance.

Follow this link to create a free account and then enjoy the benefits of booking your court. 

Free tennis courts 

Milton Park Priory Crescent

Milton, Portsmouth, PO4 8PR

Five outdoor tennis courts, newly refurbished, no floodlights, free courts open all year round

Click here to book a game 


Cosham Park

Portsmouth Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 2SH

Two tennis courts, free courts open all year round, no floodlights

Click here to book a game


Drayton Park

Lower Drayton Lane, PO6 2HE

Two tennis courts, free courts open all year round, no floodlights

Click here to book a game

Portsmouth tennis centre

Located next to the Mountbatten Centre, the £1.33m centre was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Lynne Stagg, and former British number one, Greg Rusedski. 

The centre provides brand new facilities for anyone interested in playing tennis for the first time, those wanting to improve their game or simply playing for fun and fitness. Facilities at the venue include:

  • four indoor courts, six outdoor courts, and eight indoor mini tennis courts
  • free car parking
  • use of changing facilities at the adjacent gymnastics centre.

The centre is operated by BH Live in partnership with Portsmouth City Council. BH Live offers a comprehensive programme of activities for all ages and abilities including junior sessions to develop children's enjoyment of tennis through fun activities based on balance, co-ordination, agility, movement and racquet and ball skills. Teen tennis focuses on developing skills amongst young people aged between 11 and 16 years.

Adult sessions include fun cardio sessions set to music, Tennis Xpress coaching sessions for beginners and intermediates covering key techniques and tactics, or you can simply pay and play.

For more information on courses and pay and play sessions or to sign up:

Southsea Tennis Club

The two tennis facilities at Southsea Common and Canoe Lake are both operated by Southsea Tennis Club in partnership with the council.

Southsea Common tennis courts

Southsea Tennis Pavilion, Clarence Esplanade, PO5 3PB

Next to the seafront, near the D-Day Museum on Clarence Esplanade.

Facilities include six playdek tennis courts and two hard courts - three of the playdek courts have floodlights and are open for pay and play tennis all year round.

Canoe Lake Tennis Courts

Canoe Lake Tennis Pavilion, Eastern Parade, Southsea, PO4 9RF

On Eastern Parade, near Canoe Lake and the Southsea Rose Gardens.

Facilities include 12 grass tennis courts, two hard courts and four artificial grass courts.

Southsea Tennis Club

The Club has a strong membership of regular players, holding club nights and offer coaching opportunities, as well as organising several tournaments each year. 

For more information, contact Southsea Tennis Club

phone 023 9282 4693


web Southsea Tennis Club


Adult - £190
Senior - £190
Junior (under 18) - £65
Student (under 21) - £65
Family (2 adults and 2 children) - £280 

Single site prices

Adult (18+) - £130
Senior (65+) - £110
Parent and child - £130
Family (2 adults and 2 children) - £190
Junior (11 to 17 years old) - £30
Student (18+) - £30
Mini (4 to 10 years old) - no charge

Special Summer Membership Offer

Looking for some gentle exercise to see you through the summer? Why not grab a monthly membership at Southsea Tennis Club: it covers 8 eight weeks for just £29 from the day you join.

This special offer is designed for families of up to two adults and two children. Single parent families are most welcome too. And we are happy to offer it to single players too, on request.

The offer gives you:

  • free use of our courts at a time to suit using our online booking system
  • free use of racquets (a deposit is required)
  • the same coaching rates that club members enjoy
  • a 10% discount at our café.

To take up the offer please write to

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