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Leisure Time

The UK's most common leisure activities are home-based or social. Watching television, videos and DVDs, and listening to the radio are by far the most popular leisure pastimes, with an average of 22 hours a week devoted to these. The UK's regular weekly dramas or 'soap operas' such as 'EastEnders' and 'Coronation Street' have more viewers than any other programme.

Listening to music is also a popular pastime, with 72 per cent of households owning a CD player. Pop and rock albums are the most common type of music bought, and pop is by far the most popular form of musical expression in the UK.

The most common free-time activity outside the home amongst adults is a visit to the pub. Other popular leisure activities include visits to the theatre or cinema. There are over 3,000 cinema screens in the UK thanks to the large growth in 'multiplex' cinemas with their multiple screens. The UK also has about 300 theatres, of which about 100 are in London. the UK's most famous theatre company, The Royal Shakespeare Company, performs in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace, and in London and tours around the country.

Of all sporting activities, walking is by far the most popular for men and women of all ages. Whilst men tend to dominate golf and cue sports such as snooker and billiards, women generally prefer swimming, keep-fit classes and yoga.