Average spend on a night out has fallen year-on-year but revellers are going out more often and willing to travel further, according to the latest Deltic Night Index.

The report shows total spend on a night out is £56.25, down from £59.40 last quarter and £59.66 this time last year. The average late night out is also shorter than it was a year ago, at 4 hours 34 minutes.

However, 56.2% of respondents to the poll say they go on a night out at least once a week –up from 54.5% last year – and the average is 1.27 times per week compared to 1.07 times a year ago.

Almost one in five (19.5%) respondents who go on nights out choose to do so outside of their local town.

Those aged 18-21 and 31-45 are most likely to stay in their local town for a night out, whereas respondents aged between 22 and 30 are most likely to go to another town or city for a night out

When asked why they would choose to go out outside of their local town, the most popular reason cited by respondents was ‘a specific event that I want to go to’ (44.4%), followed by ‘my local town does not offer a diverse nightlife’ (33.1%). 28.6% reasoned that their friends don’t live in their local town and 18.9% of respondents agreed with the phrase ‘the nightlife in my local town finishes too early’.

When asked how long they would travel for a night out, the average figures were: 39 minutes to a good pub, 40 minutes to a cinema, 42 minutes to a good bar, 51 minutes to a good club, and 92 minutes to a live music event. Additionally, the majority of respondents who do go on nights out travel by some form of taxi, both to their night out (34.0%) and back home (51.3%).

Peter Marks, chief executive of the Deltic Group, which produces the report, based on surveys of more than 2,000 people each quarter, said: “This quarter’s Deltic Night Index shows us that consumers are happy to spend both time and money on a fun, unique nights out. For me, a few stats stood out from this report: that almost 20% of people don’t go out in their local town; 18.9% of consumers go out in another town because the nightlife in their local town finishes too early; and 33.1% do not think their local town offers diverse nightlife. These three stats show us that there is still much to be done by operators and local Governments around investment, licensing and security to improve the offerings in our local towns, and together we can ensure that that the 20% enjoy a great night out closer to home.”