There’s plenty of things to do in South East Hampshire, whether you’re staying for the weekend, or heading down for the day with your canine companion. One of the best places to visit in this area is the dog friendly Portsmouth. So we’ve whipped up, some of our favourite things to do in the local and surrounding areas of Portsmouth with your pooch.
The Millennium Promenade on Southsea sea front is a beautiful place for a walk. Reachable by all forms of transport, trains to buses to cars. The promenade reaches to both ends of Southsea, passing behind the historic landmark, Southsea Castle, also passing plenty of dog furiendly food and drink spots. You can even have a paddle in the sea!
A 10-15 minute car journey leads you to the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Country Park. With over 2000 acres of woodland, there is somewhere for every capability to explore, including a dog park with 8 fun obstacles to tackle!
Travel a little further north to Petersfield and you can take a leisurely stroll around Petersfield Heath and Pond. It’s a beautiful spot and just a 5-minute walk from Petersfield town centre.
After a lovely morning Walkies everyone is going to need to settle down for a hearty breakfast. If strolling around Petersfield Pond you could tie breaks in at The Plump Duck which is situated right next to the pond.
A walk along the Millennium Promenade can lead you straight into The Southsea Beach Cafe or if you prefer somewhere more historic there is The Courtyard which is tucked just inside Southsea Castle.
Gunwharf Quays is super dog furiendly! Situated with the perfect view of the Solent there is something for everyone, why not do a spot of shopping in Yankee Candle, or choose some gorgeous new accessories in Cath Kidston.
For a creative session you could travel to Hobbycraft in Havant and learn how to knit that special dog in your life a snuggly snood! Havant boasts a large bus station as well as a train station.
To stock up on yummy treats, food or toys for your dog, take a trip to another waterfront retail and leisure development, Port Solent and visit Bow Wows At No7.
A village just outside of Wickham is home to the Raw Pet Food Pantry which stocks an amazing range of natural dog treats and supplements.
A stop to refuel is now very much needed, if your looking to let the dog relax, keep the kids entertained and enjoy a mouth-watering menu then we defiantly recommend a visit to The Chairmakers Arms.
Based in a small rural village just outside of Waterlooville, a car is the most convenient way to travel. The family section of this pub has a game of Connect Four at each table which will keep the kids quiet and a member of staff will also bring your dog a blanket to snuggle upon.
Now if you’d rather tie lunch in with another gentle stroll and lovely views The Royal Oak in Langstone is perfect, doggy ice cream is also on the menu and you can stroll along the edge of the harbour afterwards.
Cake also makes a delicious lunch! The Tenth Hole in Southsea has a huge array of yummy cakes and coffee. Or you could head to The Still and West for some traditional fish and chips whilst you relax in another historic part of Portsmouth.
Things To Do
As we are prone to a good old bit of rain, the first place I’m going to mention is Made By Me Pottery Painting. Located in another waterfront area of Hampshire, pottery painting is the perfect rainy day activity. Although I must say due to the nature of this shop only pay a visit if your dog is pretty well behaved as there are obviously a lot of breakables!
Buster Ancient Farm and Southsea Model Village are also great dog friendly things to do!
If you want a more dog based activity then you could book a slot and visit Rhobulls Dog Park. Situated in the lovely village of Denmead this is the ideal place to spend some quality time with your pup, the park is fully enclosed and has plenty of toys and some agility equipment so your pup can really let off some steam!
So depending on what kind of drinks you’re looking for, you could drop into Southsea Coffee to relax kick back and catch up with friends.
Or if your wanting to go “out” but not “out out” so your dog can still enjoy the fun then take yourself to Becketts Southsea and enjoy some delicious cocktails sat by a large log burner whilst your dog has some water and treats brought to the table too. The venue is just stunning and you may be lucky enough to meet Enzo the beautiful Becketts Dachshund! I Personally recommend their Tipsy Mermaid cocktail ?