The Changing Ways of Entertainment and Leisure in Worcestershire
The internet has changed almost everything about our everyday lives, even having an impact on the older generations. But of all of the areas that the online revolution has changed, it’s in our entertainment and leisure where it has made one of the most noticeable impacts. Nowadays, almost everything is internet-centric, even just to find a group or community in the Worcestershire area to join for activities.
Convenience is king in the modern day
Convenience has always been a major focal point for people wanting entertainment, often seeking events or offerings in the local area and only going further afield for a major event if necessary. So, we’d visit any of the many pubs in the local area, go to the cinema, plan a day to the West Midland Safari and Leisure Park to see the animals and displays, or even take a trip up the road to Birmingham to spend an evening at one of their casino establishments. While it’s impossible to replicate the experience of the safari park at home, the price of a drink at the pub has gone up, which has led people staying in more often.
As for the entertainment of movies and gaming, that has seemingly made its way onto the online space. While there’s still Vue, Odeon, and Malvern Theatres in Worcester, streaming services like Amazon Prime and Netflix offer such a dizzying array of movies for a little more than the cost of a cinema ticket each month that they’ve become the go-to movie outlets. It’s the same with casino gaming, too, with the online casinos boasting a huge selection of games, such as online roulette for real money, with the live games even delivering the authentic experience to players at home.
This trend towards internet-based entertainment spreads across all age groups, not just the upcoming generation. In fact, it was found that even mobile gaming is being enjoyed by older age groups, with 41 per cent of those aged 25 to 34 playing mobile phone games at home or when out and about. It’s key to stress that even though most mobile games are of comparatively low quality compared to other forms of gaming – both in gameplay and rewards – and focus on extracting cash, the convenience of them has made them a top entertainment option.
Using the internet to their advantage
We can now be entertained in our leisure time at the click of a button, which is very pleasant and convenient, but some people still strive for the feel of being outside and doing something in their spare time. So, many groups in Worcestershire have started to advertise themselves online to get new members to join them when they host events or go out for activities.
This is where the online space has actually been cultured to cater to the older ways of seeking entertainment but making doing so much, much easier. You can simply venture over to the local groups’ website to find people have set up societies to bring together likem-inded people. These include the amateur dramatic society Kays Theatre Group, the Fort Royal Gardening Group, and the walking group for singles aptly called Single Boots.
Times have changes in Worcestershire and entertainment is a mere click away. While this is certainly a welcomed convenience, other physical entertainment attractions still have their place, and it’s great to see local communities utilising the internet to forge groups that offer different but familiar ways for people to spend their leisure time.