8 April 2021

3 min read

Many businesses are able to reopen their outdoors spaces from Monday 12 April, following the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions.

There’s lots more you can do and enjoy in the city as the weather gets better:

Grab a pint in a pub garden

Lots of pubs are opening up their gardens, meaning you can meet a couple of friends for a drink. Local pubs and bars include Brewhouse & Kitchen Southsea, and O’Neills on Albert Road. They’re going to be popular, so don’t forget to book in advance.

Dine out with friends

Fed up of takeaways, or fancy a change from months of home cooking? Many restaurants and cafes are also offering dine-in options in their outdoor spaces, including Sopranos on Palmerston Road, Cosy Club in Gunwharf and Southsea Beach Cafe on the seafront.

Go shopping

Non-essential retail shops will be able to re-open, so why not check out one of the city’s brilliant independent businesses? Browse the indoor jungle that is Rose Clover on Elm Grove, pick up some local merch from Strong Island Clothing Co on Marmion Road, or top up your crafting supplies at Seeded on Albert Road.

Have a go at mini golf and the city’s fairground rides

Outdoor venues are reopening, including Pitch and Putt near the seafront and the fairground rides at Clarence Pier - a classic seaside experience.

Explore the city on an e-scooter 

Get some mates together and borrow one of the council’s e-scooters to explore a new part of the city. Ride to Old Portsmouth and have lunch on the Hard looking out at HMS Warrior - Britain’s first iron-clad ship. Or take a picnic to the quieter, greener Eastney beach.

Other outdoor options that have been available for a few weeks include going skating, playing tennis and having BBQs.

Don’t forget the Covid rules: You can meet outdoors in a group of 6 or a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (including their support bubbles). You cannot meet with anyone you don’t live with indoors and you should minimise the amount you travel where possible. 

More information on the remaining restrictions is available on the Government website.