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UK Leisure Review market report

Everything you need to make the right decisions

Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Leisure market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

Mintel has the answers you’re looking for

What are the key challenges facing the industry? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Covered in this report

This report covers the leisure industry, which Mintel defines as including:

  • cinema
  • theatre
  • gambling
  • live sports
  • nightclubs
  • pubs/bars
  • tenpin bowling
  • visitor attractions
  • restaurants/takeaways
  • music concerts/festivals
  • private health and fitness clubs
  • public leisure centres and swimming pools

Key points included

  • Millennials remain the key target market
  • How to tap into the market seeking the ‘new’
  • How to appeal to parents with young children

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Zameira Hersi, a leading analyst in the Leisure sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

Consumers are actively seeking the ‘new’ and they’re willing to pay for it. Activities which encourage them to step outside of their comfort zones and exert themselves both mentally and physically will appeal. Zameira Hersi
Leisure Analyst

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Table of contents

  1. Key Findings

      • The market: not-so-merry Christmas
        • Leisure participation: the rise of the gastropub
          • Leisure spending: premiumisation improves value for money
          • Market Drivers

            • Consumer confidence stabilising
              • Figure 1: Trends in how respondents would describe their financial situation, February 2009-January 2019
            • Saving activity is strongest
              • Figure 2: Trends in what extra money is spent on, June 2017-January 2019
            • Planned activities increasing
              • Figure 3: Trends in eating out and attending event behaviour in the last/planned for the next three months, January 2019
          • Current Participation in Leisure Activities

            • British pubs: a year-round activity
                • Figure 4: Participation in leisure activities, January 2019
              • Takeaways and fast food restaurants remain strong
                • Gastropubs have encroached into the restaurant space
                  • While gyms attract fitness fanatics…
                    • …cinema/theatre entertains more people monthly
                    • Annual Changes in Leisure Activity Participation

                      • All food and drink-led participation fell in January 2019
                          • Figure 5: Participation in leisure activities, once a month or more, food and drink related, January 2016-January 2019
                        • Gyms achieved highest penetration rate
                          • Figure 6: Participation in leisure activities, once a month or more, non-food and drink related, January 2016-January 2019
                        • Movie and music events fell in January 2019
                        • Spending on Leisure Activities

                          • Nightclubs and bars look to appeal to women
                            • Figure 7: Leisure activity spend, January 2019
                          • Pubs attract higher spend than restaurants
                          • Annual Changes in Spending

                            • Clubbing continues to attract low spend
                              • Figure 8: Approximate leisure activity spend, January 2016-January 2019
                            • Fast food attracting higher spend
                              • Punters spending more on drinking experiences
                              • Pub Activities

                                • Celebratory meals brought good tidings
                                  • Figure 9: Pub/bar visitor behaviours, January 2016-January 2019
                                • One in five diners check pub’s website to decide
                                  • Figure 10: Pub/bar visitor behaviours, January 2016-January 2019
                                • Promoted pub visits achieved the highest penetration rate
                                • What it Means