These are the hobbies which are dying out in the UK

Trainspotting, quilting and astrology are among the hobbies which are dying out, a study has found.

Researchers found working longer hours, having less disposable income and social media distractions mean fewer of us are able to take time out and enjoy traditional pastimes.

Stamp collecting, embroidery and building models also featured as interests which Brits aren’t so interested in any more.

The study was commissioned by online casino, Casumo.com, as part of their latest ‘Play Absurd’ campaign – casumo.com/playabsurd -, and found playing sports, travelling and gardening featured among the more popular hobbies.

A spokesman for Casumo.com said: “Having a hobby is a great way to focus your time, whether that be to get some time to yourself or meet new people along the way.
“Although our research showed certain hobbies aren’t as popular now, we want to celebrate the variety of hobbies out there, regardless of how unusual.”

The study also found three quarters agreed hobbies bring them and their partner closer together with half using it as something to talk about.

One quarter enjoy gardening and pruning the bushes with their loved ones, with one in 10 couples hiking and four in 10 going for nice walks together.

In fact, one in 10 are keen to take up a new interest with their significant other but worried it might be a bit on the unusual side.

With nearly one quarter willing to take up wife carrying and husband dragging as a hobby.

In a bid to offset boredom, one quarter would like to try pie eating as a hobby, with nine per cent willing to have a go at bog snorkelling and six per cent keen to attempt extreme ironing.

Of other absurd activities, one in 10 would participate in egg tossing, with as many Brits willing to try gurning and 16 per cent would give marbles a go.

One fifth of those polled get involved in different leisure pursuits to keep their mind sharp.

Eighteen per cent use their interests as a chance for a bit of ‘me-time’, with one in 20 treating it as a chance to make friends.

Despite a nation with keen interests, of the one quarter with no hobbies half of them wish they had an interest to call their own.

But a lack of time, interest and companions to kick-start it with means they aren’t spending any free time they have in a way they would like.

Nearly half of Brits reckoned they have less time now than they used to for leisurely activities and nearly a third agreed hobbies are becoming less commonplace.

However, the poll of 2,000 adults revealed some of the more unusual hobbies circulating the nation including candle making, origami and even collecting Aston Villa football programmes.

One Brit even invests their time in a spot of scripophily – the study and collection of stock and bond certificates.

A spokesman for Casumo.com added: “Our ‘Play Absurd’ campaign encourages people to not be afraid to try new things.

“We want people to embrace the unique and unusual, but also to learn a bit more about traditional pastimes and where they originate.

“From gurning to marbles, pie eating to egg tossing, the quirky challenges we’ve set our keen hobbyists are on a mission to inspire others to pursue the weird and wonderful.

“Steph and Dom from Gogglebox have even given husband dragging and wife carrying a go, and it’s fair to say they thoroughly enjoyed their new found hobby.”

You can see how Steph and Dom get on here –

The 20 least common hobbies:

1. Trainspotting
2. Quilting
3. Astrology
4. Scrapbooking
5. Home brewing
6. Squash
7. Mechanics
8. Astronomy
9. Woodworking
10. Toy collecting
11. Model building
12. Embroidery
13. Cards
14. Stamp collecting
15. Dancing
16. Coin collecting
17. Painting
18. Camping
19. Golf
20. Genealogy

  • Mat is a writer with an interest in public opinion research. He has a passion for stories covering lifestyle, travel and technology.

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