Money Saving Deals on Days out in and around Portsmouth


HMS Warrior, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Do you have a Tesco Clubcard? Chances are you’ll have some points you haven’t yet claimed. Get on to the clubcard site and have a look – you can exchange your points now for up to 4 times their value and put them towards some great days out locally. Make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully, the deals vary from attraction to attraction.


In Portsmouth itself you can choose from:

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Tickets – exchange £6.50 in vouchers per ticket
Royal Marines Museum Tickets – exchange £2.50 in vouchers for £10 worth of tokens
Spinnaker Tower Tickets – £2.50 in vouchers for £10 worth of tokens.

In Havant:
Staunton Country Park - exchange £2.50 in vouchers for £10 worth of tokens.

Further Afield in Hampshire:
Gilbert White’s House and Oates Collection - £2.50 vouchers for £10 worth tokens.
Hawk Conservancy Trust – £2.50 vouchers for £10 worth tokens
Milestones Museum - £2.50 vouchers for £10 worth tokens
Watercress Line - £2.50 vouchers for £10 worth tokens.

If you fancy lunch out you can also search for local restaurants and exchange your vouchers for up to four times their value too. Participating restaurants include Prezzo, La Tasca, Café Rouge, Snakeaway and more.

If you’re dreading the school uniform, new lunchboxes, stationary etc bill, then the boost extends to these items when you buy them online.

Groupon also offer great deals locally, not just for days out but for goods and services. A quick search yesterday turned up reduced price tickets for Fishbourne Roman Palace just up the road in Chichester, Whitchurch Silk Mill and Bursledon Brickworks Museum (including their Gala Days).


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Georgia Lindsay’s Family Garden and ‘Bub Tub’ Competition

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Calm and reassuring, the figure of a circle makes us think of a great big hug, and Georgia Lindsay, a finalist in  the 2014 Grand Designs Garden Design competition, created a garden full of them. We met the London-based designer during a family day out to the Grand Designs show last Spring and instantly knew we had to help her show it off!

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A gorgeous metal swing seat designed by Steve Myburgh (Myburgh Designs) provides comfortable and playful respite from all the action in the garden. Artificial turf is used throughout. This can be cut in shapes to help form the lids for the tugs and circular play spaces.

The colours and shapes of this wonderfully child friendly space made my children beam, a response Georgia was clearly aiming for:

“The circles were very deliberate. Soft curves seem much friendlier and child orientated than angular lines.” I also was taken…

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Baby and Toddler Groups Open over Summer


art for childrenOne of the things that used to be a problem over the summer holidays was the closure of your regular groups. Six weeks with pre-schoolers without any structure can be difficult to fill. Fortunately in Portsmouth at least, there are plenty of groups which will carry on throughout the holidays – although some of them may be on  a reduced timetable.  I’ve started this blog post as a list and as and when I find any more I shall add to it – so keep checking back. I won’t add the days and times to the blog as the schedules vary so instead I’ve added links to their own sites and you can check directly with them. If you know of a class I haven’t added – drop me a line at

Jiggy Wrigglers - All Portsmouth Groups  (except for the last two weeks in August)Portchester, Rowner, Lee on the Solent, Stubbington (check their facebook page for up-dates).

Little Steps Gym - check their facebook page for regular up-dates.

Mini Makers, Aspex Gallery – Wednesdays 11 am £3

Play Southsea Groups – Will be running as normal except the last two weeks of August – Aileen may be able to run a couple in those two weeks but check the page for up-dates.

The Surestart Summer Holiday timetables are out – here are the links for the various areas:

Locality A – Northern Parade & Stamshaw CC, Paulsgrove CC, Portsdown & Drayton & Farlington CC

Locality B – Buckland Children’s Centre, Fratton & Landport Children’s Centres, North End & Willows Children’s Centres

Locality C – Somerstown & Portsea Children’s Centre, Milton, Baffins & Cumberland Children’s Centre, Southsea & Brambles Children’s Centre

Child Health Clinics - Link to the child health clinics.

Breastfeeding Support - Link to BfN facebook page and a list of groups taking place over summer.

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Cosham Park gets new play equipment

DSC_0060Work started today on building the new play equipment in Cosham Park, following vandalism on the old climbing frame during the May half term. It should be finished just in time for the summer holiday.

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Happy Birthday Southsea Library!

Southsea_Library_0873_rdax_300x200Southsea Library celebrates its 3rd birthday this year and to celebrate, a Teddy Bear’s picnic will be held on the 29th July, from 12 noon – 1 pm.  Take your children along to listen to bear stories and make a bear face in the library.  You’ll need to take along their favourite furry friend, a blanket and a packed lunch.  Each child attending will receive a free booklet.

Opened 3 years ago by bestselling author Kate Mosse, the library is built on the old Woolworths shop site in Palmerston Road .  The library hosts regular talks and adult courses including digital photography and IT courses and a craft group on the 2nd Monday of every month.

Teddy Bear's PicnicFor children, the library offers regular events, including RhymeTime for toddlers and babies on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 am – 10.30 am, and Storytime on Mondays from 2 pm – 2.30 pm.  There will be Summer Holiday activities on the 29th July, 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th August (10 am – 12 noon); no need to book, just drop in.

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Nominations needed for Midwife of the Year Award

Logo-2014-WEBThe Best of Health Awards 2014 has extended its nomination deadline to Friday, August 8th.  One of the categories is Midwife of the Year Award and it would be great to get some more nominations in.

Therefore, if you think your midwife is worthy of some recognition, please email your name, the name of your midwife and a detailed reason to explain why you have put them forward.

It’s free to enter and a shortlist is printed in the paper, which in itself is a great way to say thank you. You can email your nomination to  The Awards Ceremony will take place on the 17th October 2o14 at the Guildhall.


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Brand New Mini Makers Sessions for Under 5s

MiniMakers-copyMini Makers, aspex’s workshops for toddlers and under 5s, are back at the earlier time of 11 am – 12 noon from the 23rd July for just £3 per session.  Your little ones will work with you and our Participation Team in fun sessions on Wednesday mornings throughout the year, freeing up their creativity and taking inspiration from our exhibitions and books provided by Portsmouth Libraries.  There will also be offers for participants in the Café Bar.

aspex_logoWorkshops are on Wednesdays from 11 am – 12 noon.  The £3 fee is payable on arrival, no booking necessary, just drop in.  If you have any questions you can call aspex on 023 9277 8080 or email

You can find aspex behind Loch Fyne in Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays.

I can personally recommend these sessions having taken my son recently – plenty of room to work, lots of materials and mixed media to work with and lots of great ideas from the participation team. Well worth trying out if you have an under 5 and you prefer messy sessions to be anywhere but at home!

Older children can book up for the Summer Art Club sessions aimed at 8-13 year olds and don’t forget the regular See! Make! Do! sessions on the second Saturday of each month at 11 am.


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#portsmouthsafari – What’s that all about?

A few days ago, I found myself, camera in hand, trying to get a new picture for the Mumsnet Portsmouth homepage. Instead of taking my usual walk, I took a left instead of a right and discovered a place I’d never seen before.  Stuck on our own personal railway tracks, stopping at home, work and school it’s all too easy to stop seeing the beautiful and unique city in which we live.

I’ve made myself a promise. I’m going to become a tourist again this year, and start looking again at Portsmouth, with fresh eyes.  And when I see something beautiful, unique or just plain interesting, I’m going to post a photograph on the blog with the hashtag #portsmouthsafari. Feel free to post your pictures of Portsmouth on the Mumsnet Portsmouth facebook page or tweet them @MNPortsmouth.


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Southsea Beach #portsmouthsafari


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Hayling Island Books Recommend Children’s Books

It’s Independent Booksellers Week from the 28th June – 5th July, part of the Books Are My Bag campaign seeking to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland.  To mark the occasion we asked award winning Hayling Island Books to recommend some great children’s books for you.


Monkey and MeMonkey and Me – Angela Muss

One of a lovely series by Child’s Play.  Put your index finger into the monkey head puppet and start telling stories.

Baby Sees – Birthday – Chez Pictall

Created with the help of mothers and babies, this series uses high contract images that babies find stimulating to help eye and brain development.

Little Bear’s Bedtime – Jane Hissey

A soft pillowy cloth book featuring Jane Hissey’s wonderful illustrations as Little Bear gets ready for bed.

Pre School

crayonHappy Birthday Hugless DouglasDavid Melling

The fifth in this best selling series. Douglas is very excited about his birthday surprise.

Crayon – Simon Rickerty Return of the crazy characters which first appeared in Monkey Nut.

Meet the Parents – Peter Bently and Sara Olgivie.  Funny and affectionate look at all the things your parents do for you!


Ages 5-8

Jolley RogersAlice Through the Looking Glass.  Gloriously illustrated retelling from Emma Chichester Clark of this enduring classic.

The Jolley-Rogers and The Ghostley Galleon – Jonny Duddle  Every full moon a ghostly ship is seen off the coast of Dull on Sea.  A swashbuckling tale from the award winning Jonny Duddle.

First Book of Nature – Nicola Davies and Mark Hearld  From beachcombing to stargazing this is a lovely reminder of the wonders of the natural world on our doorstep.

Ages 8-13

warpHero – Sarah Lean  Story about a little dog with the heart of a lion from best selling author of A Dog Called Homeless.

WarpEoin Colfer The first book in a new series from the best selling Artemis Fowl author.  Featuring a Victorian orphan who is hurled into the 21st century.

Destination Earth – Ali Sparkes  The latest book by  Southampton based Blue Peter Award winning Ali Sparkes, with an Isle of Wight setting for a visit by an alien and an unwelcome stowaway.

Teenage/Young Adult

More Than ThisMore than this – Patrick Ness Stunning and provocative new novel from Patrick Ness about life and afterlife.

Looking for Alaska – John Green This was the debut novel from John Green who went on to write the international bestseller The Fault in our Stars.

Flashes –  Tim O’Rourke – New detective series with teenage psychic helping solve crimes before they happen.

Hayling Island Books are one of the last remaining independent bookshops in the area and were named South of England Bookshop of the Year 2009 and were finalists in the 2011 Parliamentary Best Small Shops Awards.  Offering a next day ordering service and rare and out of print booksearch service, the shop also offers greetings cards and educational toys and games.  They have also been chosen to sell signed copies of Michael Palin’s latest book ‘Travelling to Work: Diaries 1988-1998′ in the foyer of Kings Theatre when he appears as part of his one man tour across the country on the 19th September 2014.

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