BASINGSTOKE has been ranked in the top 10 places for steamy affairs this summer.

That's the finding from a list of relationship hotspots for summer 2024, compiled by global married dating site, Ashley Madison.

The rankings put Basingstoke 10th, moving up eight places from the previous year.

Topping the list for 2024 is the city of Salford, which climbs up two places from the 2023 list.  

Cambridge took second place, challenging common perceptions of the city as mainly a centre of academia and beautiful architecture.

Norwich also moved up four places from last year to secure fourth place in the new rankings. 

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New entrants into the list include Swindon, which ranked in 13th place, and Bolton, just behind them at 14.

Famous for its amusement park and coastal charm, Blackpool secures a 15th place ranking. Coming in at 19th place is High Wycombe.

Ashley Madison's managing director Europe, Christoph Kraemer, offered some analysis.

He said: "One would think that non-monogamy is something more prevalent in big cities, but our ranking shows it is a national phenomenon even in smaller locations.

"Maybe students in Cambridge are finding alternative ways to relieve their boredom and Swindonians are spending their free time doing more than just navigating the magic roundabout."