Take a Break
EditorRebecca Fleming
Former editorsJohn Dale
CategoriesWomen's weekly magazine
FrequencyWeekly (Thursday)
Total circulation
First issue1 March 1990; 34 years ago (1 March 1990)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon

Take a Break is a British women's magazine founded in 1990 and published by H Bauer UK, a subsidiary of the German Bauer Media Group on a weekly basis, with new issues released every Thursday. The current editor is Rebecca Fleming, having taken over the role after the resignation of John Dale in 2010. Dale had been editor since 1991.[1]

According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, during the period between July and December 2019, the circulation of Take a Break was 416,695[2] it is the best selling women's weekly magazine in the United Kingdom, and in 2019, its circulation was nearly twice that of the next best seller, TI Media's Woman's Weekly, despite a year on year drop in circulation of -8%.[3]

The magazine focuses on a mixture of reader submitted "true life" stories, as well as women's health and lifestyle features, puzzles and competitions, following a similar format to sister title That's Life, and rival publications such as Chat and Pick Me Up.[4]

Companion publications

Monthly spin-off titles

The magazine also lends its name to a large number of monthly Puzzle magazines, including Take a Crossword [12] launched in 1993, and compilations of arroword, codebreaker, crossword, sudoku, wordsearch and mixed puzzles spread over several formats.[13]


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  2. ^ "Take a Break - Data - ABC | Audit Bureau of Circulations". www.abc.org.uk. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  3. ^ Twitter, Charlotte Tobitt (15 August 2019). "Women's mags ABCs: Cosmopolitan sees biggest circulation fall + full figures". Press Gazette. Retrieved 18 June 2020. ((cite web)): |last= has generic name (help)
  4. ^ "Take a Break". Bauer Media. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Fate And Fortune". Fate And Fortune. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Take A Break Fiction Feast Magazine Subscription | Buy at Newsstand.co.uk | Romantic Fiction". www.newsstand.co.uk. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Makes". Take A Break. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Take A Break Monthly Magazine Subscription". www.greatmagazines.co.uk. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  9. ^ ResponseSource. "H Bauer launches My Favourite Recipes". ResponseSource. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Bauer Media to publish Take a Break Pets as companion to best-selling weekly title Take a Break". Bauer Media. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Bauer Media to launch Take A Break Super Savers magazine". Fashion & Beauty Insight. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Take a Crossword". Puzzles Magazines. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Puzzles Magazines". Puzzles Magazines. Retrieved 18 June 2020.