University of Hertfordshire

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Original languageEnglish
JournalLeisure Studies
Journal publication date2 May 2019
Publication statusSubmitted - 2 May 2019


This paper uses local community festivals and events as a context to examine Balance leisure activities with the premise that festivals and events are immersive, emotional and memorable experiences for families to engage in. We use a mixed method approach to explore these connections. Focus groups with families were conducted and questionnaires were collected at 10 different events across Hertfordshire, U.K. Findings show that events and festivals through their uniqueness and attachment to one’s local community provide greater potential for families to engage in Balance leisure activities and to socialise and bond. We argue that event experiences can be considered Balance leisure activities, which can further enhance Core leisure activities, family connections and relationships, and therefore a family’s physical, emotional and social well-being in the long-run. Practical implications and recommendations for event organisers to help create meaningful and memorable experiences for all members of the family are provided.

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