Personal life Edit
Hughes' off-stage interests were sailing, golf, cricket, rock music, trees, and beer. He was also the Honorary Squire of the Dartington Morris Men and made an appearance at the Dartington Morris Ring meeting in September 2008. His musical interests included English folk-rock and he compered at Fairport's Cropredy Convention annual music festival several times.
Hughes received a diagnosis of prostate cancer in the 1990s while he was playing Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances.