Originally published in 1972, this book discusses changing attitudes to work and leisure and patterns of leisure activity, asking if recreation, as an economic activity, a distinctive spatial expression. It examines characteristics of spa towns and coastal resorts in the nineteenth century as well as provision of leisure amenities in urban and rural areas of contemporary Britain and the changing levels of demand for and supply of recreation in North America.

chapter |4 pages

Introduction: The ideology of leisure

chapter 1|19 pages

Geography, recreation and leisure

chapter 2|10 pages

Spa waters and sea spray

chapter 3|32 pages

International tourism

chapter 4|23 pages

North American leisure

chapter 5|23 pages

Recreation in rural Britain

chapter 7|31 pages

Free time in the city