If you have an hour or so to spare around Southsea Esplanade, pay a visit to Canoe Lake, and rent a pedalo that looks like a swan and enjoy!
Not too far behind the sea front at Portsmouth will you find some lovely green space, beside the model village. There is a lovely little lakeside cafe, crazy golf and children’s play area in the huge green space but as always, I had my heart set on boating!
I am a bit confused as to why this is called Canoe Lake as there was not one canoe in sight. The lake however dates back to 1886 so perhaps canoeing was its original purpose. There are however, some magnificent pedalos shaped like swans and ducks, which had me all daft. We chose a lovely white swan and headed out around “Keep Off” Island a few times in the sunshine.
The whole area is very picturesque with kids feeding ducks (real ones, not the pedalos obviously!), old men sailing remote control boats and people sitting on a long line of benches just watching the world go by. It was an inexpensive afternoon (about £7 I think) and we had a lovely time, although pedaling can be hard work when your companion is in the back napping!
I went with my fiance and we had a right giggle though I am sure this is somewhere you could take your mother too (especially if it means more piggies, lol).