The Taking Part Survey

Taking Part is a major survey of cultural and sport participation in England. It is the recognised official statistic on arts and cultural engagement among adults and children in England.

Every year the Taking Part Survey collects information from a nationally representative sample of adults and children about their attendance at a wide variety of arts events, museums, galleries, libraries and heritage sites. It also asks about participation in creative activities and sport, and motivations and barriers to engagement.

The main survey has been running since July 2005. A longitudinal element was added in 2012/13 so that a number of the same adults and children are revisited and interviewed every year.

The Taking Part Survey is commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)  in partnership with Arts Council England, Sport England and Historic England.

Find out more about the survey on the Taking Part website

What does the survey tell us?

Statistics on adult engagement with arts and culture are published every six months and a child report is published each year. All publications are available on the Taking Part website.

'Focus On' reports which use the most recent data to examine key topics are published twice a year. Recent reports include:

Taking part data analysis tools

DCMS has published a set of online data analysis tools.  These tools are designed to make data from the Taking Part survey more accessible, allowing you to produce be-spoke tables and explore the survey.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Rosanna Tat and Cornelia Turner-Klier, Park Bench Dance Theatre. Photo © Park Bench Dance Theatre 2. Audience at Free Word Centre, London. Photo © Free Word. 3. Participants at Hamworthy Library. Photo © Michael Cameron Photography. 4. Photo © David Tiernan / The Sage Gateshead 5. Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Photo © University of Oxford.