Brits reveal how they'll be spending Bank holiday | The Sun

BRITS are counting the cost of multiple bank holiday weekends this month – with more than half planning to do little more than sit in the garden for the final one.

Research of 2,000 adults found 26 per cent think more cash is spent making the most of a three-day weekend, compared to the average two-day break.

And 18 per cent expect May to be their most expensive month of the year after December.

But 34 per cent admitted they wish they could spend less cash during bank holidays.

As a result, 40 per cent are keeping costs in check by simply enjoying the sun and 23 per cent are either reading or listening to music.

Other ways people are looking to spend their final Bank Holiday weekend of the month include going to a free local event (12 per cent) and exercising in their outdoor area (10 per cent).

While 42 per cent are looking to have family and friends over and 20 per cent plan on hosting a barbecue in their outdoor space as home garden.

The research was commissioned by B&Q to mark the launch of its Gardener of the Year competition, where gardeners of all abilities and outdoor spaces great and small can enter four categories for a chance of winning £10,000.

Steve Guy, Outdoor category director at the home improvement retailer, said: “Having three Mondays off in the month, as well as the weather finally taking a turn for the better has seen many celebrating by spending on activities each long weekend.

‘’This Bank Holiday, it’s great to see people choosing to enjoy their gardens and outdoor spaces and it’s exciting to see Brits take advantage of the benefits of spending time in nature.

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‘’A low-cost way of being in the garden this weekend could be to go out with the kids and inspect any bugs or wildlife you can find – or of course the British classic – fire up the BBQ with friends and family.”


1.            Enjoying the sun

2.            Gardening

3.            Reading

4.            Listening to music

5.            Having family over

6.            Hosting a barbecue

7.            Have friends over

8.            Fill planters

9.            Planting herbs and vegetables

10.         Exercise

The research also found 87 per cent of respondents believe their outdoor space is at least ‘fairly’ important to them – if not very important.

For 63 per cent, this is because it allows them to enjoy some fresh air, while 44 per cent consider it a great place to spend quality time with family and friends.

Nearly two thirds (64 per cent) try and encourage nature in their outdoor space, by putting in bird feeders (55 per cent), pollen-friendly plants (52 per cent) or water sources for animals (47 per cent).

While 27 per cent have a ‘bug hotel’ or a woodpile set up for creepy-crawlies and smaller creatures to thrive, according to the figures.

Steve Guy added: “If you’re tending to your garden this Bank Holiday and feel proud of your space, why not be in with a chance of winning £10,000 and enter our B&Q Gardener of the Year competition.''

Entries for the competition, which will see Fred Sirieix as the celebrity guest judge, close at noon on Friday 23rd June 2023.

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