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The Common owes its existence to the strains of the military in the early nineteenth century for a clear range of fire from the harbour defences at any enemy ships which dared to approach Portsmouth and its dockyard.
The Common is a popular restoration ground, and also aids as the venue for a number of annual events, including, but not limited to, the Southsea Show, Military Vehicle Show, Para Spectacular, Kite Festival, D-Day 75, a variety of circuses, and the popular Victorious Festival.
Southsea Common is a vast open space that was purchased from the War Department in 1922. The area is adjacent to the popular seafront promenade and beach, which is ideal for kite flying, picnics and informal ball games. Southsea Common is a great place to hang out with friends or family. You're able to enjoy the view of the beach, but sit on the comfort of a bench or the grass. It's a large open space allowing there to be room for many different activities. Southsea Common is a fantastic place to bring the kids to play at over summer, or have a picnic with a couple friends.
Facilities also include a children's play area, beach volleyball courts, tennis, pitch and putt and a skate park.
There are many paths across the Common, including the Ladies Mile, which are flanked by attractive spring bulbs. Some of the mature trees date from 1910.
Southsea Common was awarded Warburton's Best Picnic Spot in the South East in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
- Outdoor eating area
- Picnic area
- Picnic Site
Children & Infants
- Outdoor children’s play area
Parking & Transport
- On street parking only
- Railway station within walking distance
- Outdoor Attraction