Libraries, heritage sites, music, and other cultural activities – who accesses them? And what’s the wellbeing impact?

Young people and adults are more likely to engage in most kinds of cultural and sports activities if other members of their households were also doing so. For example, adults living as a couple are five times more likely to dance if their partner also did so, three times as likely to visit a heritage site, and more than three times as likely to take part in cycling, running, outdoor or adventure sports.

Parents of primary school age children are more likely than other adults to attend arts events or make visits to museums, galleries and heritage sites, suggesting that sharing these experiences was an important motivator for their participation.

The fact that unemployed adults, those caring full-time for another adult and those of African or Pakistani origin are less likely to visit heritage sites probably reflects a combination of difficulty in accessing such activities for some disadvantaged groups, and variations in preferences for particular activities. For example, although Pakistani and African adults are less likely to visit heritage sites, African adults were the ethnic group most likely to visit libraries, and Pakistani adults were the most likely to be involved in team sports.

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