Support local with Love Southsea

Support local with Love Southsea

įµƒįµˆ Ā Love Southsea is an established independent market scene in Portsmouth – one well worth popping by if you’re visiting the city!

Take a look at the brand built by Pompey born and bred, Lulu, who’s championing Southsea across Portsmouth and beyond.

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An evening at Winchester Christmas Market 2019

An evening at Winchester Christmas Market 2019

In the crazy countdown to Christmas every weekend in the lead up was fully booked and this year’s annual trip to the Winchester Christmas Market was in jeopardy!

It always makes me feel festive and as it’s so close to home and I was gutted at the thought of missing out on it.

Spontaneity struck and Friday night after work I picked up Henry and surprised him with a visit in the evening.

Take a look at how stunning the market is as night…

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Etsy Made Local Festive Market Southampton 2019

Etsy Made Local Festive Market Southampton 2019

How hard is it to find unique gifts for that special someone? You know, that person that’s super difficult to buy for, the one that has everything. I always find that a local Christmas market is usually the place to buy a gift for these people you might get stuck trying to find a gift for.

The third annual Etsy Festive Market in Southampton was the biggest yet!

Local independent Etsy makers showcased some incredible gifts in real life in The Spark Building at Solent University.

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20 years of The Victorian Christmas Festival at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

20 years of The Victorian Christmas Festival at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

ad* Ā This year the Victorian Christmas Festival returned to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to celebrate 20 years of the iconic event that’s become a landmark event in the countdown to Christmas.

As November drew to a close and the first day of advent dawned I knew it was time to get a hearty dose of festive spirit.

And, what better way to capture some of that seasonal magic than with a little bit of Christmas cheer, historic attractions and plenty of entertaining characters!

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BakeHouse24 in Winchester

BakeHouse24 in Winchester

Freshly baked goods and coffee, BakeHouse24 is a wonderful little spot for a snack or a light bite on the go when visiting Winchester.

Breads, pastries and cakes are their specialism with a real love for creating sourdough.

Love an artisan pastry and a cuppa? Take a look at these buns!

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Dinner at The Chilworth Arms in Southampton

Dinner at The Chilworth Arms in Southampton

ad* Ā  What’s not to like about drinks with friends, hearty food and cosy fireplaces?

The Chilworth Arms is a real winter warmer, the place you could easily while away a Sunday afternoon after a long walk in the countryside.

With the festivities upon us, the nights drawing in and temperatures dropping – the restaurant and pub is a welcome escape capturing a slice of that seasonal magic.

Recently I was invited to try its new festive menu, take a look at what I dishes I tried and a peek at the interior…

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Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market 2018

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market 2018

It’s well known that Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is one of the best, regularly getting featured in top 10 festive marketsĀ guides nationally and internationally.

I go every year and it always helps kick start theĀ festive spirit, take a look at this magical market…

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Gunwharf Quays Light Show Spectacular 15-23 November 2019

Gunwharf Quays Light Show Spectacular 15-23 November 2019

Well, well, well Gunwharf Quays is pulling it out of the bag this winter and we’re only in November.

Last night I caught the first public showing of the new Light Show Spectacular at the outlet shopping centre in Portsmouth and I’m so glad I did!

Pull on a cosy coat, grab family and friends and go and see thisĀ great free show that’s going to spark the start of those festive feelings.

Here’s a slice of the magic to give you a sneak peek…

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Brunch by the sea at Southsea Beach Cafe

Brunch by the sea at Southsea Beach Cafe

Is there anything better than a long, lazy brunch by the sea?

I’m all about the slow Sundays, catching up on my favourite reads and chatting with the best people.

One of my favourite places is Southsea Beach Cafe, it’s bang on the seafront in Portsmouth and its food is fantastic. This post is long overdue!

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New Menu at HarBar on 6th in Southampton

New Menu at HarBar on 6th in Southampton

AD* | Ā The Southampton Harbour Hotel is a stunning hotel standing tall in Ocean Village right on the coast.

It’s built in the shape of a cruise ship and has become an iconic part of the city’s skyline.

The penthouse or top level is the hotel’s main restaurant HarBar on 6th with spectacular views out across the marina and the Solent, the stretch of water between the south coast and the Isle of Wight.

It’s a stunning hang out with a terrace, floor to ceiling windows and a beautiful balcony.

It has a recently launched a new seafood focused menu which I was invited to review.

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