My Weekend: Darren Corps

Darren Corps
Darren Corps
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Darren Corps, 46, is the marketing manager at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant. Darren lives in Cowplain, is married and has two young sons.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

I went to Dorset during the Easter holidays and stayed at Parkdean holiday camp. The family and I enjoyed going to Splashdown Waterpark on the way, which was fun despite some scary moments like being thrown around at speed in the ‘Space Bowl’ and travelling down a flume in the dark. We also went across to Brownsea Island which is owned by the National Trust. On the island you can visit The Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre which my boys loved (one is a Cub and the other a Scout).

What was the last gig or concert you went to?
It was Cara Dillon at my place of work (busman’s holiday). She has a fantastic voice and I’m a real fan. I have a signed Cara poster beside me in the office at work. Is that taking things too far?

What about the last theatre show you saw?
The last play I saw was Anne of Green Gables performed by Forest Forge (also at The Spring). The cast were impressive and the show fast- paced. My boys enjoyed the fiery nature of Anne.

And the last book you read?
I am currently reading a book called The Chimp Paradox. It’s very good and helps you to recognise how your mind is working. And how to manage your chimp. We all have one. 

What about the last film you saw?
The family huddled round to watch Frozen together very recently. I like the songs and it has some very funny 
moments. I particularly liked the hapless snowman Olaf.

What’s your favourite way to relax?
I like to watch live football with a beer and friends when I can. I guess going to the cinema and being submerged into the world of the film is relaxing. And reading.

What do you watch on TV?
Probably more than is good for me. Sport, news, comedy, baking. I watch a lot of crime dramas – Silent Witness, Luther and Sherlock for example. It depends who has control of the controller. 

Which celeb would you most like to spend the weekend with?
I wouldn’t mind doing a challenge with somebody like Bear Grylls. Perhaps I could climb a mountain with 
him or something. I like the idea of being an adventurer but would also want my creature comforts at the end of the day. So I’m not sure how that is going to work.

What’s your signature dish?
Occasionally I will cook a curry dish for the family such as a chicken tikka 
masala. Undeniably delicious – even if I do say so myself.

Which pubs and bars do you like?
I’ve been to The Hampshire Hog a few times after doing the Butser Hill Challenge. It’s the perfect place if you like a relaxing Sunday carvery. 

Where’s good for a day out locally?
I enjoyed West Wittering beach last year – and it’s hard to beat Staunton Country Park for families,