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British Life and Culture

by Mandy Barrow

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The weekends are a time for families in Britain. Often the parents are not at work having worked a five day week from Monday to lớn Friday. Saturdays are a busy time for shops with many families going shopping.


Sundays used to lớn be a very special day of the week in Britain. It was the one day of the week for "worship và rest". The shops were closed & most people were at trang chủ or at church. Popular leisure activities on Sunday used to lớn be going lớn church & doing odd jobs around the home such as gardening và DIY.

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Until a few years ago shops were not permitted to mở cửa on a Sunday. Sundays today are becoming lượt thích any other day other week with shops open. Some families will now spend their time shopping rather than going to church or they will combine the two activities.

Britain is becoming a far less Christian country with fewer people regularly attending Church.Many Christian"s believe that Sunday should be kept special, as a time given to worshipping God. They think it is important for Christians lớn meet together, listen lớn readings from the Bible & celebrate Holy Communion. Others believe that it is important that families have time khổng lồ be together. (The shopping hours on a Sunday are less than on any other day of the week.)

How do people spend their miễn phí time?

People enjoy various indoor và outdoor activities in Britain.

An triệu euro stat survey, the EU"s statistical office, discovered that people in Britain spend about 45% of their không tính phí time watching television, 24% of their không tính phí time socializing, 22-23% on thể thao and hobbies, and 10% on other activities. Other popular leisure activities are listening to the radio, listening lớn pre-recorded music, reading, DIY, gardening, eating out & going khổng lồ the cinema.


The most common leisure activity in the UK is watching television. The average viewing time is 25 hours per person per week. Almost all households have at least one television set. The proportion of households using satellite, cable or digital television was 44 per cent in 2002. Many television programmes are about wildlife, animals, holidays, cooking and gardening. All these things are much cherished by British people. What television programmes vì chưng British people watch?


People in Britain listen khổng lồ an average 15 hours & 50 minutes of radio each week. The only radio I listen to lớn is the vị trí cao nhất 40. I like to find out who is number one in the pop charts each week.

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" My parents listen to the radio in the mornings & when we are having our evening meal."

Digital Devices

In 2005/06, 88 per cent of UK households had a CD player and 79 per cent a mobile phone. In April lớn June 2006, 26 per cent of people aged 15 và over owned an MP3 player.

In January lớn April 2006, 56 per cent of households in Great Britain had a desktop computer, 30 per cent had a portable or laptop computer, và 7 per cent had a handheld computer.


The second most popular activity in Britain is visiting or entertaining friends or relations.

"Mum and Dad go out và visit friends at least once a week. Sometime me và my brother go too. Every Wednesday after school James & I go lớn see our gran."

Cinema (Movie house)

Britons made 123 million visits khổng lồ the cinema in 1998 making it the most popular cultural activity in the UK.

"I lượt thích to go lớn the cinema with my friends at the weekend whenever there is a good movie on."

Eating out

Eating out has grown in popularity, with British people spending in 1999 an average of £5.63 per person per week on food (excluding alcohol) outside the home.

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"We go lớn McDonalds at least once a week. Sometimes we have a pizza delivered to our house. Occasionally we will go khổng lồ a restaurant."

Homes và Gardens


The British are known as a nation of gardeners. Most people have a garden on their property. Gardening has been a popular pastime since Roman times.Many people in Britain are proud of their houses và gardens. They want their houses & gardens khổng lồ look nice. Every town in Britain has one or more DIY (Do it Yourself) centres và garden centres. These are like supermarkets for the trang chủ and garden. These places are very popular with British home-owners at the weekends.

"We don"t have a big garden like some people. Dad likes lớn mow the lawn. Sometimes I help him. Mum looks after the flowers. She weeds the garden so that the garden looks good. I am growing some vegetables in my garden."

Activities outside the home

Saturday is traditionally the day for shopping and watching sports.

Retail Therapy (Shopping)


A newspaper survey found that trăng tròn per cent of women are compulsive shoppers. Saturday is the main day when we go shopping. Sometimes we will go into town after school.

Sports and Physical Recreation


Sports and physical recreation have always been popular. Local governments provide cheap sport and leisure facilities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, parks and golf courses. People go lớn watch other people play sports lượt thích football or take part in sports themselves. Read more about the different sports we play

Pubs (Public Houses)


Going lớn the pub is the most popular leisure activity outside the home. Read more about pubs ....