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Warm spaces, welcoming places

Find friendly, warm spaces in your local community where you can meet others, take part in activities, get a warm drink or meal, or spend some quiet time away from your home.

We’ve worked with Hive Portsmouth to gather a list of welcoming spaces opening their doors to Portsmouth residents this winter. Many are established venues and groups based at community centres, children’s centres and places of faith, who would love to give a warm welcome more of the community. Days, times and what is offered varies from venue to venue, but all offer a warm space and welcoming place.

In addition to the list below, all Portsmouth libraries are warm spaces where you can spend time, meet others, use the computers and free Wi-Fi, and get help and advice.

The list below will be regularly updated if there are any new venues or activities. Residents with no internet access can call the Hive Helpline on 023 9400 7124 for this information.

If you run a free community group in Portsmouth or have a venue you are happy to be offered as a free welcoming space, please send details to info@hiveportsmouth.org.uk or call 023 9400 7124.

Baffins

Alderman Lacey Library

  • Tangier road, PO3 6HU
  • Opening times:
    Monday to Tuesday 9.30am-6pm
    Thursday 9.30am-5pm
    Friday 9.30am-5pm
    Saturday 10am-3.30pm
  • Welcome place open to all with various groups and activities /free wifi

Cosham

Cosham Baptist Church

  • Havant road, PO6 2QZ
  • Opening times:
    Wednesday 9am-5pm
  • Free wifi, light lunch

Cosham Library

  • Spur road, PO6 3EB
  • Opening times:
    Monday to Tuesday 9.30am-6pm
    Wednesday 9.30am-5pm
    Thursday 9.30am-6pm
    Friday 9.30am-5pm
    Saturday 10am-3.30pm
  • Welcome place open to all with various groups and activities /free wifi

Highbury Community Centre

  • Hawthorn Cresent, PO6 2TL
  • Opening times:
    Monday and Friday 8.30am-12pm – from 7 November for six weeks
  • Welcome place with tea and coffee (max 25 people) open to all

Copnor

St Cuthbert’s Church

  • Lichfield Road, P03 6DE
  • Opening times:
    Weekdays 9am-5pm and for services on Sunday
  • Community café in the worship space of the church every weekday from 10am-1.30pm, staffed by church volunteers. Hot and cold drinks and light refreshments are available at reasonable prices and children eat free when eating with an adult.

Eastney

Eastney Community centre

  • Bransbury Road, PO4 9SU
  • Opening times:
    Monday and Friday 1pm-4pm
  • Wheelchair friendly, disabled toilet, chairs and tables for up to 30, Wi-Fi, plug
  • Eastney Community Centre website

Fratton

Carnegie Library

  • Fratton Road, PO1 5EZ
  • Opening times:
    Monday 9.30am-6pm
    Tuesday to Wednesday 9.30am-5pm
    Friday 9.30am-5pm
    Saturday 10am-3pm
  • Welcome place open to all with various groups and activities /free wifi

Salvation Army 

  • ​Lake Road
  • Opening times:
    Weekdays 10am-3pm
  • A welcome place for over 55’s with refreshments

Guildhall Square

Central Library

  • Guildhall square, PO1 2DX
  • Opening times:
    Monday 9.30am-5pm
    Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am-6pm
    Friday 9.30am-5pm
    Saturday 10am-3.30pm
  • Welcome place open to all with various groups and activities /free wifi/café

Landport

John Pounds Centre

  • Queen street, PO1 3HN
  • Opening times:
    Monday to Friday 8am-6pm
    Saturday 8.30am-1pm
  • Welcome place open to all with cafe and library space with free Wi-Fi, free drinks and board games on Thursdays.

Insight, St John’s Cathedral

  • Crispian Way, PO1 3HG
  • Opening times:
    Tuesday 11.00-2.00pm
  • Lunchtime community meal for over 18s

Milton

Milton Village Hall

  • Milton Road, PO4 8PR
  • Opening times:
    Monday 9.30am-12.30pm
    Thursday 12pm-3pm
  • Small hall can be used as a quiet space to read or undertake crafting etc…no organised activities planned yet.

Beddow Library

  • Milton Road, PO4 8PR
  • Opening times:
    Monday to Tuesday 9.30am-5pm
    Wednesday to Thursday 9.30am-6pm
    Friday 9.30am-5pm
    Saturday 10am-3.30pm
  • Welcome place open to all with various groups and activities /free wifi

Christ church URC

  • Milton Road
  • Opening times:
    Tuesday 10am-4pm
  • A welcome place open to all with books, jigsaws and colouring

North End

North End Baptist Church

  • Powerscourt Road, PO2 7JH
  • Opening times:
    Monday 10am-1pm and 4.30pm–5.30pm
    Tuesday 9.30am–12pm and 4pm–6pm
    Thursday 1pm-3pm
    Friday 10am-12pm
    In the church on Sunday 9.30am–12pm
  • Welcome place open to all

Family Church

  • Kingston Road, P02 7DX
  • Opening times:
    Thursdays 1pm-3pm
  • Welcome place for families with pre-school children. Drinks and activities.

North End Library

  • Gladys Avenue, PO2 9AX
  • Opening times:
    Monday to Wednesday 9.30am to 6pm
    Thursday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm
    Saturday 10am to 3.30pm
  • Welcome place open to all with various groups and activities /free wifi/café

Salvation Army

  • Powerscourt Road, PO2 7JD
  • Opening times:
    Monday 10am- 12pm
    Sunday (church meeting) 10am- 11:30am
  • Hot drinks, wifi, charging

Old Portsmouth

Portsmouth Cathedral

  • St Thomas street, PO1 2HA
  • Opening times:
    Monday- Friday 10am-4pm
  • Hot drinks and food available including other refreshments. Free Wi-Fi, accessible toilets, charging facilities, child friendly.
  • Portsmouth Cathedral website

Paulsgrove

Paulsgrove Community Centre/Library

  • Marsden Road, PO6 4JB
  • Opening times:
    Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm
    Friday 9am-4pm
  • Welcome place open to all with cafe (9am-1pm) and library space with free Wi-Fi, free drinks and board games on Thursdays.

St Michael’s and all Angels church

  • Hempsted Road, PO6 4AS
  • Opening times:
    Monday and Friday 11am-4pm
  • Free tea and coffee and soup for £1. Free hot chocolate after school

Somerstown

Somerstown Community Centre

  • Winston Churchill Avenue, PO5 4JJ
  • Opening times:
    Monday to Friday 9am-9pm
    Saturday to Sunday 9am-4pm
  • Welcome place with wifi available. Refreshments available to purchase for 50p. Power sockets for charging phones and devices.

Stamshaw

Stamshaw and Tipner Community centre

  • Wilson Road, PO2 8LE
  • Opening times:
    Tuesday and Thursday 9am-12pm

Southsea

St Margaret’s Church

  • Highland road, PO4 9DD
  • Daily – various times
  • Welcome place open to all

Havelock Community Centre

  • Fawcett Road, PO4 OLQ
  • Opening times:
    Monday and Friday 12pm-4pm
  • Welcome place for over 55s with hot drinks, board games and activities.

St Luke’s Church

  • Greetham Street, PO5 4LH
  • Opening times:
    Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm
    Sunday 9am-5pm
  • Welcome place open to all with refreshments

Southsea Library

  • Palmerston road, PO5 3QQ
  • Opening times:
    Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 5.30pm
    Friday 9.30am to 5pm
    Saturday 10am to 5.30pm
    Sunday 10am to 4pm

Portsmouth Carers Centre

  • Orchard Road, PO5 0AL
  • Opening times:
    Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm
    Friday 9am-4.30pm
  • Welcome place for unpaid carers over 18

Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery

  • Museum road, PO1 2LJ
  • Opening times:
    Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
  • Welcome place open to all with café available

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

  • Eastern Parade, PO4 9RF
  • Opening times:
    Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
  • Welcome place open to all

Lifehouse

  • Albert Road, PO4 0JW
  • Opening times:
    Wednesday 9am-11.30am
    Thursday 6pm-8pm
  • Welcome place for over 18s offering breakfast on Wednesday and dinner on Thursday evening (max 120 people)

St Jude’s Church

Holy spirit church

  • Fawcett Road
  • Opening times:
    1st Saturday of the month 9.30am-12.30pm
  • A welcome place open to all with books, hot drinks