Top 5 British Pastimes
The British are known for their proud traditions. Cricket, afternoon tea and the Sunday roast have been done for centuries, attracting millions of visitors each year who are fascinated by this unique culture. Here are the top 5 British pastimes:
If there is one thing more popular than a game of cricket, it's football. Fans gather across the country to cheer on their favourite team, travelling for miles to away games to see their heroes defeat their rivals (or watch as they get crushed) and braving sometimes treacherous conditions for 90 minutes of action. From Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal to lesser known clubs such as Oxford United and Norwich FC, there is something for everyone. You don't even have to play professionally, either. There are numerous amateur teams battling it out on Sunday afternoons. Visit any local park and you'll see them playing.
The Sunday roast is said to have originated in the industrial revolution when families cooked meat before going to church on Sunday morning, ready to be eaten in the afternoon. The price of meat fell substantially in Victorian times, making great cuts available to all. It's still popular and there is nothing quite like sitting down to Yorkshire puddings, beef or pork, vegetables and gravy. It brings families together and tastes great.
There is something very English about cricket. Where else in the world can you see grown men trying to score as many runs as possible while trying to strike out the batsmen? The game is incredibly popular in England and has a genteel feel to it. It doesn't have the energy of baseball and is relaxing to play. It doesn't matter if you don't win because it's all about playing in a gentlemen-like way and doing your best.
Enjoying yourself at a pub is a classic British pastime. Many aren't the seedy or rundown places they once were but have become refined 'gastropubs', serving Michelin-starred cuisine and fine wines. Traditional pubs still exist and there's something comforting about sitting down on a comfortable sofa with friends while drinking a pint of your favourite beer or cider.
Sitting down for afternoon tea isn't quite as popular as it used to be, but it's still a major part of British culture, even if you aren't at a tearoom. Many people enjoy afternoon tea in the comfort of their own homes and is an opportunity to catch up with friends and family.