Third-hottest July on record sees leisure spending rocket, reports Barclaycard

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As thousands of families up and down the country get ready to enjoy the late summer bank holiday, analysis of the UK’s spending by Barclaycard show just how much domestic leisure attractions benefited from the third warmest July on record.
 
Brits came out in force this summer and spent considerably more on leisure activities than during the same period last year according to Barclaycard, which processes nearly half of all debit and credit card transactions in the UK. And, with August also generally warm and fine, and the late summer Bank Holiday still to come, this trend is predicted to continue up until the end of the school summer holidays.
 
Visiting popular tourist attractions saw a particular rise, with spend on amusement parks up 64% compared to last year and spend at aquariums up 99%.
 
Brits also spent a fifth more at both camping grounds (20%) and on concerts and entertainment (19%) this July compared to July 2012, suggesting the warmer weather encouraged people to head, and stay, outdoors.
 
And with spend on marina services up 23%, and sea travel 15%, it seems that Brits were keen to take to the waters in a bid to cool off.
 
However, travelling abroad for a summer holiday remained popular, with spend on luggage and leather up 14%, and spend on foreign currency and travellers cheques up 87%. With recent figures from Barclaycard showing that spend in July was up 4.8% overall compared to July 2012, Brits appear to be feeling more confident about the economic climate.
 
A Barclaycard spokesperson said: “The warmest July since 2006 really drove a boom in spending on domestic leisure activities. A series of soggy summers has taken its toll on UK holiday resorts as Brits jetted off to sunnier climes at every opportunity, and these figures will come as a sigh of relief for those bidding to resurrect the ‘staycation’.

“We saw earlier this month how spend in July climbed 4.8% on last year and this latest data reinforces our view that British shoppers are finally shaking off the longest period of austerity in a generation and are more readily parting with their money.
 
“With fine weather predicted for the August Bank Holiday weekend and millions of Brits planning overnight breaks either in the UK or abroad, we expect August to show a continuing upward trend in leisure spending.”
 
Category of spend Change in total spend
Aquariums 99%
Amusement Parks 64%
Marina Services 23%
Camping Grounds 20%
Concerts & Entertainers 19%
Sea Travel 15%
Luggage & Leather 14%
Restaurants 9%
Hotels 6%