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UK Bank Holiday Calendar 2017

The 2017 bank holiday calendar shows the next official holiday in the United Kingdom. Check how many bank holidays we observe in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

BANK HOLIDAY CALENDAR: The tables also show past and future bank holidays. The list is useful for taking time off work laws and vacations.

In fact, it was the Bank Holidays Act 1871 which first established bank holidays in the United Kingdom.

The Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 superseded it a century later. It remains in force as of 2017 in the United Kingdom.

This Act designated four bank holidays for official observance in England, Wales, and Ireland. They are Easter Monday, Whit Monday, Boxing Day in England and Wales, and St Stephen's Day in Ireland.

Scotland observes five bank holidays each year. They are New Year's Day, Good Friday, the First Monday in May, the First Monday in August, and Christmas Day.

England, Wales, and Ireland consider Good Friday and Christmas Day as 'traditional days of rest'. They deemed it unnecessary to include them in the Act because they were considered to be like Sundays.

2017 Bank Holidays Calendar

Month Date Day of the Week Bank Holiday Observed Region
January the 1st Sunday New Year's Day United Kingdom Nationwide
January the 2nd Monday Substitute Day for New Year's Day England, Wales, Northern Ireland
January the 2nd Monday 2nd of January Scotland
January the 3rd Tuesday Substitute Day for New Year's Day Scotland
March the 17th Friday St Patrick's Day Northern Ireland
April the 14th Friday Good Friday United Kingdom Nationwide
April the 17th Monday Easter Monday England, Wales, Northern Ireland
May the 1st Monday Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) United Kingdom Nationwide
May the 29th Monday Spring Bank Holiday United Kingdom Nationwide
July the 12th Wednesday Battle of the Boyne Northern Ireland
August the 7th Monday August Bank Holiday Scotland
August the 28th Monday Summer Bank Holiday England, Wales, Northern Ireland
November the 30th Thursday St Andrew's Day Scotland
December the 25th Monday Christmas Day United Kingdom Nationwide
December the 26th Tuesday Boxing Day United Kingdom Nationwide

2018 Bank Holidays Calendar

Month Date Day of the Week Bank Holiday Observed Region
January the 1st Monday New Year's Day United Kingdom Nationwide
January the 2nd Tuesday 2nd of January Scotland
March the 17th Saturday St Patrick's Day Northern Ireland
March the 30th Friday Good Friday United Kingdom Nationwide
April the 2nd Monday Easter Monday England, Wales, Northern Ireland
May the 7th Monday Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) United Kingdom Nationwide
May the 28th Monday Spring Bank Holiday United Kingdom Nationwide
July the 12th Thursday Battle of the Boyne Northern Ireland
August the 6th Monday August Bank Holiday Scotland
August the 27th Monday Summer Bank Holiday England, Wales, Northern Ireland
November the 30th Friday St Andrew's Day Scotland
December the 25th Tuesday Christmas Day United Kingdom Nationwide
December the 26th Wednesday Boxing Day United Kingdom Nationwide

UK Official Bank Holidays: Public Bank Holiday Calendar 2017