THE AVERAGE age to get married in the North West has been revealed as 25, while buying your first home happens a two years later at age 27, according to research.

A detailed study of 2,000 adults has found the ages at which life’s special moments are most likely to happen, with your first kiss at 15 and getting your first real boyfriend or girlfriend at 17.

Sadly, this is followed by a first heartbreak at 18.

Music fans will attend their first gig at the age of 17, while thrill-seekers will experience their first rollercoaster when they are just 12.

It also emerged 66 per cent like to document their special moments with photos or videos, with 36 per cent admitting to spending hours scrolling back through social media to re-live some of their best times.

Melissa Bentley, Marketing Manager for French bakery brand, Brioche Pasquier, which commissioned the research, said: “Many of us can still remember big life events, even if they happened decades ago.

“First loves, first jobs, and our first beers are all imprinted on our memories – even if sometimes we can’t remember where our glasses are today.

“But even though memory is a great way of capturing these times, having them in photos and videos is really great to relive some of the key moments of our lives.”

People in the North West go on their first plane ride at 15, and go on their first holiday without their parents when they’re 20.

They’ll also first move out of their parents’ homes at the age of 21 – the same year they’re most likely to pass their driving test.

Other key life milestones include learning to ride a bike by age 8, swimming the same year and joining their first sports team at 11.

They are also likely to have their first child at the age of 27, and upgrade from their first home when they’re 31.

And one in three say their best-ever life moment was the birth of their first child – with just a tenth selecting their wedding day.

Forty per cent of Brits spend ‘a lot’ of time reminiscing about the past, according to the research.

During the average week, they’ll photograph or video five events that may or may not become a special memory in years to come.

And four times as many people prefer to capture a special moment in a photograph, than on a video.

Nearly a third of people only keep social media profiles on Facebook because of the photos, videos and other memories from the past.

And three in 10 believe if they don’t record a special moment on film, they’re likely to forget it.

Three quarters of people also regret not keeping more solid evidence from special events in their lives so far.

Melissa Bentley, Marketing Manager for Brioche Pasquier added: “Whatever the special moment and whenever a person experiences it, it seems that a lot of us choose to honour the occasion in the form of a photograph.

"And it’s now even easier with most of us people able to reach into our pockets and capture it on our smartphones. This summer, that is exactly what we’re asking members of the public to do. Share your images of your special moment with us and our favourites will have the chance of winning amazing prizes!”.

To enter the Brioche Pasquier #shareaspecialmoment competition and be in with a chance of winning a family holiday worth £2000, visit the link below and simply upload a photograph of your family special moment.