The British aren’t particularly different lớn other countries when it comes to free time activities, although you may notice how social activities do play a huge role. Let’s take a look at the đứng đầu 10 miễn phí time activities in the UK.

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The most popular miễn phí time activity by far is watching TV. Just over 90% of people watch TV when they have some không tính tiền time. Shockingly, we spend around trăng tròn hours a week, or 3 hours a day sitting in front of a television screen. This number is reducing year-on-year with more people turning khổng lồ more social activities instead. Perhaps it’s the vast amount of thrillers & crime-series that glues us to the TV?



The second most popular miễn phí time activity is spending time with friends and family, catching up, chatting và enjoying each other’s company. This includes in restaurants or at pubs, bars and clubs. 90% of us choose to spend our free time with our loved ones.

Thirdly, perhaps unsurprisingly, is listening to music. It’s true we have a wealth of musicians from the UK và with music being an obligatory subject at school all the way through lớn Key Stage 4, we’re brought up in an environment that simply loves music. In the modern world, pop is our favourite kind of music, followed by R&B and dance music. The more classic British rock music of the 80’s isn’t as popular nowadays but forever lives in British history.



Our fourth favourite miễn phí time activity is eating out at restaurants. It’s true that the global pandemic has made this somewhat difficult, but we love eating out. The UK offers a very diverse restaurant scene with Italian, Indian, American, Japanese và Chinese to name a few.

Browsing the mạng internet is a 21st century không tính tiền time activity and popular amongst the younger generation. In the past this used lớn take place on computers or laptops but smartphones have well & truly overtaken as the preferred method for browsing the Internet.


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Shopping is a popular free time activity although the high street has suffered tremendously as a result of the global pandemic. The most popular shopping items tend to be clothing & shoes. However, average spend on items other than food và groceries is relatively low in the UK, so perhaps we spend more time window shopping và browsing stores than actually buying things!

Days out are also extremely popular in the UK. The majority of the days out take place in London, with Tower Bridge, the Tower of London & Etihad Stadium being some of the most popular. Days out in the UK can be extremely expensive and even indoor days out, such as bowling or going to lớn the cinema, can put a dent in your wallet.

Reading is the next most popular không lấy phí time activity. Unsurprisingly, this is more popular amongst the older generation. Teens và young adults don’t seem to find time for this activity. Brits, on average, only read about 10 books a year. This decreases down lớn 6 books a year for people aged 16 lớn 24 and increases to lớn 12 books a year for those aged over 55. Despite the introduction of ebooks, traditional paperbacks are still more popular in the UK with 59% preferring to read these as opposed khổng lồ the modern digital version.

Pubs are an extremely important part of British culture và it’s even classed as a miễn phí time activity for just over 50% of Brits. Pubs are truly British places that serve alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks và “pub grub” (i.e. Traditional British food & snacks). Pubs are a cornerstone of British life, often known as the social place of each village, town or city. No wonder the British were anxiously awaiting the reopening of pubs after lockdown!

British people are extremely proud of their gardens. Most houses, certainly in villages & smaller towns, will have a garden and flowers, trees & fruit growing in your garden can even be the talk of the town. Gardening is an increasingly popular không tính tiền time activity, in part thanks to lớn the global pandemic, which has forced people into outdoor and open spaces. In the UK, we have competitions for “best garden” and it’s a talking point when you go past a pretty garden.

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Statista. (2020). Chia sẻ of adult population taking part in free time activities in England in 2017/18, by type. Available: Last accessed 26th April 2021.

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