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UK The Leisure Outlook - Quarterly Update market report

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

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Current participation in leisure activities

  • Takeaways, fast food and pub dining occasions remain popular
  • Millennials and parents are most keen on takeaways, fast food and pubs
  • Pub visiting and nightclubs key to night economy
  • Table-serviced restaurants holding up
  • Younger Millennials are going to gyms

Annual changes in leisure activity participation

  • The late night market continues to grow
  • Two in five Brits have gone to the cinema/theatre
  • Museums/art galleries achieved highest penetration rate

Spending on leisure activities

  • Pubs and restaurants attract higher spend
  • Consumers spent more at restaurants and late-night venues
  • Leisure activity spend, October 2018

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

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

The leisure industry continues to benefit from consumer drive towards experiences. As winter temperatures settle in, consumers are turning to indoor activities, especially visiting museums and art galleries. While pubs and nightclubs remain key to the night economy, operators need to find ways of holding up demand as consumers are spending less in these categories. Trish Caddy
Senior Foodservice 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