My Weekend: Gareth Colwell

Gareth Colwell

Gareth Colwell

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Gareth Colwell, 30, from Southsea, is communications manager at Aspex art gallery in Gunwharf Quays. He loves to walk or cycle along the seafront and visit pick-your-own farms.

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

The South West of France last May. We stayed at a spa called Les Sources De Caudelie, just outside Bordeaux. It was an amazing place and we would have loved to stay more than two nights, but I think the bank manager would have been none too pleased!

What was the last gig/concert/comedy show you went to?

Bestival last year. It was my first time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s easier to get around than Glastonbury and much less commercial than the Isle of Wight festival. The stunning weather also helped.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

A good friend of mine is involved with the HIADS amateur dramatics society on Hayling Island, so I like to support it whenever I can.

The last book you read?

Voodoo Histories by David Aaronovitch, which extensively debunks popular conspiracy theories.

The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?

Skyfall. I’ve always been a Bond fan (especially the Roger Moore era), and Daniel Craig makes a cracking 007.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

You can’t beat a walk or cycle along our fine seafront whatever the weather. We are lucky to have it on our doorstep so I make the most of it whenever I can.

What do you watch on TV?

A lot of comedy: Peep Show, Parks & Recreation and Arrested Development. I’ve very excited the latter is returning for a fourth series in May.

And which TV programmes do you avoid?

I’m not anti all soaps (I have a soft spot for EastEnders), but I think there are far too many on, along with talent show programmes, which I cannot stand.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

I reckon I’d get on with Charlie Brooker. We could have a moan about some of the rubbish on telly.

Where do you shop?

I like to shop in Albert Road when I can. As we have our own independent shop here at Aspex, I know how important it is to support local traders.

Where do you eat out?

Nara Sushi on Albert Road, the Bombay Bay for curry in Eastney Marina and The Belle Isle on Osborne Road (the jerk chicken is top drawer).

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

The Phoenix (great atmosphere with memorabilia on the walls from the Kings Theatre), The King Street Tavern (good pub grub and a little courtyard garden) and for late night drinking you can’t beat The One Eyed Dog.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

Durleighmarsh Pick-Your-Own just past Petersfield for some superfresh produce, then stop at The Red Lion at Chalton for a pint and a bite.

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