Southsea Castle to become free to visitors

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THE historic Southsea Castle will become free to enter following a major refurbishment this spring.

Portsmouth City Council has struck a deal with social enterprise, Yellow Kite.

The organisation has signed a 10-year lease with the council, and will now start work on installing an events marquee, stylish brides’ room for weddings and creating a courtyard garden.

A kitchen where Yellow Kite will base its flagship café serving healthy food for the whole family will also be built.

Stephen Baily, head of culture at the council, said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with Yellow Kite to open up this unique historical site to more visitors.

‘This partnership means that people will be able to visit one of Portsmouth’s leading attractions for free and also enjoy the tasty food on offer at the new Yellow Kite café.’

Gambol Parker, director of Yellow Kite, said: ‘All of us here are thrilled to have secured this prime location for our flagship café.

‘Not only is it going to be a great spot to pop in for a coffee or good food along the seafront but it’s also a unique venue for memorable weddings and events.’

Councillor Lee Hunt, who’s in charge of leisure issues at the city council, will be signing the lease with representatives from Yellow Kite at the Keep in the castle at 12.30pm today.

Yellow Kite was established as part of the Healthy Pompey programme.