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 percent think more cash is spent making the most of a three-day weekend, compared to the average two-day break.
And 18 percent expect May to be their most expensive month of the year after December.
But 34 percent admitted they wish they could spend less cash during bank holidays.
As a result, 40 percent are keeping costs in check by simply enjoying the sun, and 23 percent plan to either read or listen 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 percent), and exercising in their outdoor area (10 percent).
And 42 percent are looking to have family and friends over – with 20 percent planning on hosting a barbecue in their outdoor space at home.
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.
“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.”
The research also found 87 percent of respondents believe their outdoor space is at least “fairly” important to them – if not very important.
For 63 percent, this is because it allows them to enjoy some fresh air, while 44 percent consider it a great place to spend quality time with family and friends.
Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) try and encourage nature in their outdoor space, by putting in bird feeders (55 percent), pollen-friendly plants (52 percent), or water sources for animals (47 percent).
And 27 percent have a “bug hotel” or a woodpile set up for creepy-crawlies and smaller creatures to thrive, according to the OnePoll.com 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.