United Kingdom Bank Holidays Calendar

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.

2018 UK Bank Holidays

Please make sure you check any dates with your own countries Bank holidays before booking any holidays or arrangements.



 

United Kingdom Bank Holidays

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

Date Day Holiday Country
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
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.

Easter
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
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
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 
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.

When is the next Public Holiday or Special Occasion in the UK?

2018 UK Bank Holidays


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