My Weekend: Warren Hayden

Warren Hayden
Warren Hayden
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Radio presenter and News columnist Warren Hayden, 29, lives in Portsmouth with his wife Serena and daughters Caitlin, four, and two-year-old Alyssa. He presents weekend shows for Heart 96.7 and 97.5 FM and is appearing in panto at the Kings Theatre in Southsea this year.

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

This summer we took our daughters on their first holiday abroad to Majorca. It was also their first time on a plane, but I’m proud to say they were well-behaved.

What was the last gig/concert you went to?

I saw Pink at the O2 Arena in London in the first part of this year. We had the worst seats in the house, right at the back. But the stage presence of Pink, along with her fantastic voice, meant the location of our seats didn’t spoil the show.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Mayflower in Southampton. A really funny show with a great soundtrack. There is a part of the show where they pick people from the audience to go up on stage and dance with the cast. A chill went up my spine when one of the actors started walking towards my seat. Luckily he put his arm out to the lady next to me and after a failed protest she joined him on stage.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

On the sofa with a cup of coffee and a packet of custard creams for some serious dunkage and something good on the telly.

What do you watch on TV?

I like anything to do with real life and am addicted to channels like Discovery and National Geographic. Anything narrated by David Attenborough is usually something I could watch over and over again. I also love American TV shows like Prison Break, 24 and, more recently, Homeland.

And which TV programmes do you avoid?

All of that constructed reality nonsense. Annoyingly my girlfriend Serena loves it and my Tivo box is littered with shows like The Only Way is Essex and a family called the Kardashians.

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

Ricky Gervais is my comedy hero. I’ve watched almost everything he has been in and still watch The Office over and over again. He also has the best laugh in the world and I’d like to see if I could make him cackle.

Where do you shop?

Shopping is my favourite thing in the world. In fact I find it incredibly boring so I do most of my shopping online. But if I do venture into the real world it would normally be Commercial Road in Portsmouth.

Where do you eat out?

I like a choice when I’m eating out, so somewhere like Gunwharf Quays or Port Solent is normally where you would find me.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

Nowadays it is normally places where the kids can enjoy themselves, but so can their mummy and daddy. Staunton Country Park is a popular choice with lots of animals to observe and feed.