Bank holidays in England and Wales at the Ultimate Public Holiday Guide

Bank Holidays in England and Wales

Rain, maybe even snow. Throw in a traffic jam or two. Bingo! What would a bank holiday be without them? But don’t let that stop you from getting out and about, and having some fun. Make use of the eight glorious bank holiday days we have in England and Wales.

Scotland and Northern Ireland generally have the same public holidays as England and Wales but some are different and have grown – as with most public holidays – out of local traditions and customs. Scotland has nine days, and Northern Ireland ten.

A date marked with an asterisk (or a *) is in lieu of, or a substitute for, the actual bank holiday should it fall on a weekend.

Bank Holidays in England & Wales 2017

DateDayHoliday
2 January*MondayNew Year's Day
14 AprilFridayGood Friday
17 AprilMondayEaster Monday
1 MayMondayEarly May Bank Holiday, May Day
29 MayMondaySpring Bank Holiday
28 AugustMondayLate Summer Bank Holiday, August Bank Holiday
25 DecemberMondayChristmas Day
26 DecemberTuesdayBoxing Day

 

Bank Holidays in England & Wales 2018

DateDayHoliday
1 JanuaryMondayNew Year's Day
30 MarchFridayGood Friday
2 AprilMondayEaster Monday
7 MayMondayEarly May Bank Holiday
28 MayMondaySpring Bank Holiday
27 AugustMondayLate Summer Bank Holiday, August Bank Holiday
25 DecemberTuesdayChristmas Day
26 DecemberWednesdayBoxing Day

 

Bank Holidays in England & Wales 2019

DateDayHoliday
1 JanuaryTuesdayNew Year's Day
19 AprilFridayGood Friday
22 AprilMondayEaster Monday
6 MayMondayEarly May Bank Holiday
27 MayMondaySpring Bank Holiday
26 AugustMondayLate Summer Bank Holiday, August Bank Holiday
25 DecemberWednesdayChristmas Day
26 DecemberThursdayBoxing Day

 

Bank Holidays in England & Wales 2020

DateDayHoliday
1 JanuaryWednesdayNew Year's Day
10 AprilFridayGood Friday
13 AprilMondayEaster Monday
4 MayMondayEarly May Bank Holiday
25 MayMondaySpring Bank Holiday
31 AugustMondayLate Summer Bank Holiday, August Bank Holiday
25 DecemberFridayChristmas Day
28 DecemberMondayBoxing Day

A Brief History of Bank Holidays in England and Wales

Official bank holidays in England and Wales stem from the marvelous work done by Sir John Lubbock MP with the Bank Holidays Act 1871. Four days were granted: Easter Monday, Whit Monday, the first Monday in August, and Boxing Day or St. Stephen’s Day.

Christmas Day and Good Friday were already public holidays under common law so, although being days off, were not included here.

Prior to 1871 however while people observed Christmas Day and Good Friday holidays were more regional and varied according to custom and tradition. Bank holidays per se only came into existence in 1871.

One hundred years later the Banking and Financial Dealings Act of 1971 moved the August Bank Holiday from the first Monday to the last Monday, and the Whitsun holiday to the last Monday in May. Further revisions included New Year’s Day being proclaimed a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1974, the first Monday in May in 1978.

Today bank holidays are generally the same as those in Scotland and Northern Ireland but with some important differences: while England and Wales have eight days, Scotland has nine and Northern Ireland ten.

Check out the rest of the website to learn more. You may be interested in the Definitive Guide to Bank Holidays, or just browse all the articles on bank holidays.

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Previous Years' Bank Holidays in England & Wales

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Bank Holidays in England & Wales 2016
DateDayHoliday
1 JanuaryFridayNew Year's Day
25 MarchFridayGood Friday
28 MarchMondayEaster Monday
2 MayMondayEarly May Bank Holiday, May Day
30 MayMondaySpring Bank Holiday
29 AugustMondayLate Summer Bank Holiday, August Bank Holiday
26 DecemberMondayBoxing Day
27 December*TuesdayChristmas Day

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