A weekend with Oliver Laurenson-Gore

Oliver Laurenson-Gore
Oliver Laurenson-Gore
The Bridge Tavern and Camber Dock''''Picture: Paul Simpso

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Oliver Laurenson-Gore is 22 and lives in Southsea. He is education co-ordinator at the Kings Theatre, which is holding free tours today and tomorrow at 11am, 1pm and 3pm as part of Heritage Open Day events. Here he tells us about his perfect weekend.

What would be your ideal weekend destination?

Bournemouth as my family own a holiday flat there and my grandparents live there. I love being there. It reminds me of when I was a child spending all day digging holes and making sandcastles.

Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

If I was living in the 17th century, it would be Christopher Columbus. Wouldn’t it be amazing to travel on his ship, discovering new places in the world and being able to name them as well.

What music would you take with you?

Normally, I listen to the latest dance music but I do really like songs from the 1980s and ’90s as they remind me of my childhood and I know all of them because my mum still listens to them now!

What about something to read?

F1 Racing Magazine. I get a monthly subscription. It’s a great read with a lot of statistics and in-depth interviews.

What would be your ultimate way to relax?

I’d put my bicycle in the back of my car and drive to a quite location with my friend or my dad and go for a long bike ride in the woods and on the quite roads in Buckinghamshire. I plan to discover the South Downs and the New Forest soon too.

If money were no object, which shop would you head for?

I would probably head to New York and visit Macy’s department store mainly because they do some fantastic suits that I could try on and wear at work every day.

What’s your all-time favourite film?

Oliver! because of the setting in history as well as the combination of great acting and musical numbers. The film has never dated and you can sing along to it as many times as you like.

We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?


What are you doing this weekend?

I will be working at the Kings Theatre helping welcome visitors to look around the elegant 104-year-old Edwardian Theatre and one of the only complete Matcham-designed theatres remaining in the UK.

What’s a favourite local destination for a weekend day out?

I love visiting the Isle of Wight as there are some great villages, as well as stunning views and great beaches.