Roast dinner, taking a walk and TV top the list of priorities for Brits on a Sunday, study finds

Roast dinner, taking a walk and TV top the list of priorities for Brits on a Sunday, study finds

Two in five Brits surveyed said they enjoyed a roast dinner on a Sunday. Image: Steve Chatterley/SWNS.

Friday, February 8, 2019

The average Briton spends their Sundays scoffing a roast dinner, walking it off on a long stroll and watching a film on television, a study has found.

A survey of 2,000 Brits revealed two in five take the opportunity to enjoy a roast with all the trimmings, while the same number use the day off to get outdoors.

On a typical Sunday the average Brit will have four hours and 42 minutes of downtime, however less than one in five find the time to sort out overdue life-admin tasks.



70% of Brits keep a to-do list of tasks they need to complete, ready to tackle at the weekend - ending the working week with six pieces of life admin to tick off over their free time.

It also emerged more than half are conscious they could make more of “Sofa Sundays” by carrying out jobs on their to-do list.

And nearly two thirds of those polled admitted Sunday mornings can “fly by” without them getting up “to a huge amount”.


'Sofa Sundays'

Peter Earle, head of energy at, which commissioned the study, said: “As highlighted by this research, Sunday is an ideal day for consumers to take back control of their household finances – turning traditional ‘Sofa Sundays’ into a money saving triumph."

The study also found almost one in two Brits prioritise making the most of their free time over anything else on a Sunday, and 43% think Sundays are primarily for relaxing and recharging after a hard week.

As a result, three in five admit they put off their Sunday to-do list, with more enjoyable activities taking priority.

Three in 10 of those surveyed, via OnePoll, get out visiting friends and family, and almost two in five prefer to spend the day in front of the TV, preventing them from cracking through their to-do list.

Other activities Brits enjoy doing on Sunday include reading a book, listening to music and doing some gardening.

Nearly one in 10 ensure they spend their Sunday afternoon at the pub, while one in seven think Sundays are made for doing the big food shop to keep the cupboards stocked for the rest of the week.