My Weekend: Kelly Haswell

Kelly Haswell
Kelly Haswell
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As marketing manager at Southsea’s Kings Theatre, 34-year-old Kelly Haswell has her finger on the entertainments pulse in Portsmouth. But she likes going further afield too.

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

My last holiday was to a cottage in Cumbria. I had never been to that part of the country before and found the countryside views absolutely breathtaking.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

The last show I saw was the Sleeping Beauty pantomime at the Kings Theatre. There were nine of us from my family and we all loved the show, from grandparents down to my five-year-old. It is definitely a Christmas tradition we will repeat next year and are looking forward to Aladdin.

What was the last book you read?

I love reading but sadly don’t have time to read as much as I would like. I have just started reading Call the Midwife but am only a chapter in.

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

The last film I saw was Turbo which was on Kids AM at Vue Cinema. Watchable and the kids enjoyed it but not a classic!

What’s your favourite way to relax?

Chilling out with a glass of wine and watching rubbish on TV!

What do you watch on TV?

Anything and everything! 
I do love watching the soaps but like a good drama too – Homeland, Ripper Street, Downton Abbey and I’m really enjoying The Musketeers at the moment. We’re slowly working our way through An Idiot Abroad box set and the new series of Birds Of A Feather is just as good as it was all those years ago.

And which TV programmes do you avoid?

I’m not a great fan of cookery programmes much to my husband’s dismay.

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

Dermot O’Leary (what girl wouldn’t?). Or Ant and Dec – I think they’d be a good laugh .

Where do you shop?

I shop at Next a lot – I don’t have a lot of time for shopping so it’s easier to order and have it delivered.

Where do you eat out?

If it’s out with my husband or friends we tend to go somewhere where there are a few bars nearby too – so Port 
Solent or Gunwharf maybe. But we like Chambers and abarbistro too. If it’s with the kids then somewhere like The Bridge Tavern or Dean’s Diner.

What’s your signature dish if you’re cooking?

Always something easy, but I do a good shepherd’s pie!

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

We like Porters and The Wine Vaults on Albert Road, and the Belle Isle too.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – the Mary Rose Museum is amazing.

And what about a day trip further afield?

I love going to London to do some shopping and just walking around seeing the sights. I love the atmosphere. In fact it’s where I’m going this weekend!