The latest findings from DeloitteUK’s Leisure Consumer Q1 2018 survey of more than 3,000 UK adults revealed that, despite improving consumer confidence generally, people spent less on leisure activities in the first three months of 2018, prioritising essentials over discretionary spend.

Consumers reported spending less in seven out of 11 leisure categories compared to the same period in 2017, with culture and entertainment spend down 4%, and drinking out and in-home leisure both falling 3%.

However the prolonged cold winter saw consumers spending more on holidays, up 3% on long stay and 2% on short breaks, year-on-year.

The forecast for Q2 is also down, with consumers planning to spend less in almost every leisure category, including holidays, apart from watching or participating in sports and gym-based activities where they expect to spend slightly more.

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