Department for Culture Media and Sport

taking part survey

England's survey of leisure, culture and sport

One of the Government's aims is to improve the quality of life for everyone, by providing people with the chance to get involved with a variety of sports, arts and cultural activities.

To support this aim, the 'Taking part' survey was commissioned by us and our partner public bodies to collect data about engagement and non-engagement in culture, leisure and sport. This information helps us better understand those who do, and do not, engage with our sectors.

'Taking part' is a continuous national survey, achieving an annual sample size of around 29,000 people. The fieldwork for 'Taking part' is being conducted by BMRB Social Research.

Cover of the Taking part survey annual report 2005-06Survey outputs
The latest reports from the survey
data streamNETQuest
NETQuest is a user-friendly online programme that enables you to quickly and easily analyse Taking Part survey data.
Audience watching fashion show'Taking Part' Further Research and Analysis
The latest research and analysis reports based on the Taking Part dataset and related information
Outdoor theatre at Regents Park (c) Britainonview.comAbout 'Taking Part'
Why we commissioned the survey
An artist at Talley, Wales (c) Britainonview.comSurvey content
Overview of the data collected through this survey
A guitarist playing in Castle Park, Colchester (c) britainonview/ East of England Tourism/ Colchester Borough Council/ Rod EdwardsInformation for survey participants
Information for households selected to participate in ‘Taking part’ survey


These pages will be regularly updated when the survey results and other associated materials become available. For more information on this, see the survey outputs pages.

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