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Bank Holidays

UK Bank Holiday Calendar 2019

The 2019 bank holiday calendar shows the next official holiday in the United Kingdom. Check how many UK 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 of UK bank holidays 2019 is useful for taking time off work and planning UK holiday entitlement.

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 The 'Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971' superseded it a century later.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 2019 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.

UK Bank Holidays 2019 Calendar

Month Date Day of the Week Bank Holiday Observed Region
January the 1st Tuesday New Year's Day United Kingdom Nationwide
January the 2nd Wednesday 2nd of January Scotland
March the 18th Monday St Patrick's Day (substitute day) Northern Ireland
April the 19th Friday Good Friday United Kingdom Nationwide
April the 22nd Monday Easter Monday England, Wales, Northern Ireland
May the 6th Monday Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) United Kingdom Nationwide
May the 27th Monday Spring Bank Holiday United Kingdom Nationwide
July the 12th Friday Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen's Day) Northern Ireland
August the 5th Monday August Bank Holiday Scotland
August the 26th Monday Summer Bank Holiday England, Wales, Northern Ireland
December the 2nd Monday St Andrew's Day (substitute day) Scotland
December the 25th Wednesday Christmas Day United Kingdom Nationwide
December the 26th Thursday Boxing Day United Kingdom Nationwide

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Note: A 'substitute' weekday becomes a bank holiday (usually the next Monday) if it falls on a weekend. Even so, employers do not have to give paid leave on bank or public holidays. Bank holidays can also affect how and when your benefits are paid.

UK Bank Holidays Calendar 2020

Month Date Day of the Week Bank Holiday Observed Region
January the 1st Wednesday New Year's Day United Kingdom Nationwide
January the 2nd Thursday 2nd of January Scotland
March the 17th Tuesday St Patrick's Day Northern Ireland (substitute)
April the 10th Friday Good Friday United Kingdom Nationwide
April the 13th Monday Easter Monday England, Wales, Northern Ireland
May the 4th Monday Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) United Kingdom Nationwide
May the 25th Monday Spring Bank Holiday United Kingdom Nationwide
July the 13th Monday Battle of the Boyne (substitute day) Northern Ireland
August the 3rd Monday August Bank Holiday Scotland
August the 31st Monday Summer Bank Holiday England, Wales, Northern Ireland
November the 30th Monday St Andrew's Day Scotland (substitute day)
December the 25th Friday Christmas Day United Kingdom Nationwide
December the 28th Monday Boxing Day (substitute day) United Kingdom Nationwide


UK Nationwide Bank Holidays: Public Bank Holiday Dates 2019

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