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.
Introduction: The Ideology of Leisure 1. Geography, Recreation and Leisure 2. Spa Waters and Sea Spray 3. International Tourism 4. North American Leisure 5. Recreation in Rural Britain 6. Planning for the Recreational Use of the Coasts of Britain 7. Free Time in the City