The holidays include those for England (E), Northern Ireland (I), Scotland (S) and Wales (W). All bank holiday dates are accurate at the time of publishing.
Please make sure you check any dates with your own countries Bank holidays before booking any holidays or arrangements.
All bank holidays are accurate at the time of publishing but are subject to change depending on what country you live in. Please make sure you check any dates with your own countries bank holidays before booking any holidays. * When the usual date of a bank or public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, a ‘substitute day’ is given, normally the following Monday.
The holidays include those for England (E), Northern Ireland (I), Scotland (S) and Wales (W). All bank holiday dates are accurate at the time of publishing. Please make sure you check any dates with your own countries Bank holidays before booking any holidays or arrangements.
2018 UK Bank Holidays and Special Occasions
|1 Jan 2018||Monday||New Year’s Day||National|
|2 Jan 2018||Tuesday||New Year Holiday||Scotland*|
|14 Feb 2018||Wednesday||St Valentines Day||Special Occasion|
|11 Mar 2018||Sunday||Mothering Sunday||Special Occasion|
|17 Mar 2018||Saturday||St Patrick’s Day||Northern Ireland|
|19 Mar 2018||Monday||St Patrick’s Day Holiday||Northern Ireland|
|30 Mar 2018||Friday||Good Friday||National|
|2 Apr 2018||Monday||Easter Monday||National except Scotland*|
|23 Apr 2018||Monday||St Georges Day||Special Occasion|
|7 May 2018||Monday||May Day||National|
|28 May 2018||Monday||Late May Bank Holiday||National|
|17 June 2018||Sunday||Fathers Day||Special Occasion|
|12 Jul 2018||Thursday||Battle of the Boyne||Northern Ireland|
|6 Aug 2018||Monday||August Bank Holiday||Scotland*|
|27 Aug 2018||Monday||August Bank Holiday||National except Scotland*|
|31 Oct 2018||Wednesday||Halloween||Special Occasion|
|30 Nov 2018||Friday||St Andrew’s Day||Scotland*|
|25 Dec 2018||Tuesday||Christmas Day||National|
|26 Dec 2018||Wednesday||Boxing Day||National|
*Visit gov.uk for more information
Bank Holidays and Special Occasions – Their Meanings and Origins
New Years Day (England , Northern Ireland , Scotland and Wales )
New Years Day is celebrated all over the United Kingdom on 1 January each year.
Second of January (Scotland)
Scotland also has a public holiday on the 2nd January each year.
St. Valentine’s Day
While St. Valentines Day is not a public holiday in the UK, it is celebrated throughout the country on February 14 each year by friends, lovers and secret admirers.
St David’s Day (Wales)
St Davids Day celebrated on the 1st day of March each year and is the feast day of Saint David who was the patron saint of Wales. The 1st day of March was chosen to remember the death of Saint David because it holds that he died on that day in 589. In the 18th century, the date was declared a National Day of celebration within Wales. There is a great festival with children dressing in welsh costume for school and concerts being given all over Wales.
St Patricks Day (Northern Ireland)
St Patricks Day is celebrated in Ireland each year on March 17.
Mothering Sunday in the UK is the equivalent of Mother’s Day in many other countries.
April Fool’s Day
April 1 – This is the day to play small tricks on friends and strangers.
People celebrate the Easter holiday period according to their beliefs and their religious denominations.
May Day Holiday (England , Northern Ireland , Scotland and Wales)
May Day is a public holiday in England, Ireland Scotland and Wales and is observed on the 1st Monday in May each year.
Spring Bank Holiday (England , Northern Ireland , Scotland and Wales)
Spring Bank Holiday is a public holiday in England, Ireland Scotland and Wales and is observed on the last Monday in May each year.
Father’s Day in the UK is celebrated in a similar way to how it is celebrated in the US.
Orangeman’s Day (Ireland)
Orangeman’s Day is observed in Ireland on July 12 each year and is also known as the “Battle of Boyne”. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland (I) to commemorate the Battle of the Boyne
Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland)
The Summer Bank Holiday is observed in Scotland on the first Monday in August each year.
Halloween originated as a celebration connected with evil spirits. On October 31st, children dressed in costumes knock on their neighbors’ doors and yell, “Trick or Treat” when the door opens.
St Andrews Day (Scotland)
St Andrew’s Day is observed in Scotland as a public holiday on November 30 each year.
Christmas Day is celebrated in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales on December 25 each year.
New Years Eve
While New Years Eve is not a federal holiday in the UK it is a day to celebrate the end of one year and at the stroke of midnight, the beginning of a new year. To celebrate New Years Eve many British conduct parties and invite friends and family to them.