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.

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



2015 UK Bank Holidays & Special Occasion Calendar

2015 – Date2015 Bank Holiday or Occasion
Thursday 1 January 2015New Year’s Day (EISW)
Friday 2 January 2015Second of January (S)
Saturday 14 February 2015St. Valentines Day
Sunday 1 March 2015St. David’s Day (W)
Sunday 15 March 2015Mothering Sunday
Tuesday 17 March 2015St. Patricks Day (I)
Wednesday 1 April 2015April Fool’s Day
Friday 3 April 2015Good Friday (EISW)
Monday 6 April 2015Easter Monday (EIW)
Thursday 23 April 2015St George’s day

(E – not a bank holiday)
Monday 4 May 2015Early May Bank Holiday (EISW)
Monday 25 May 2015Spring Bank Holiday (EISW)
Sunday 21 June 2015Father’s Day
Sunday 12 July 2015Orangeman’s Day (I)
Monday 3 August 2015Summer Bank Holiday (S)
Monday 31 August 2015Summer Bank Holiday(EIW)
Saturday 31 October 2015Halloween
Monday 30 November 2015St Andrews Day (S)
Friday 25 December 2015Christmas Day (EISW)
Saturday 26 December 2015*Boxing Day (EISW)
Monday 28 December 2015*Boxing Day Holiday (EISW)

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.

2016 UK Bank Holidays & Special Occasion Calendar

2016 – Date2016 Bank Holiday or Occasion
Friday 1 January 2016New Year’s Day (EISW)
Monday 4 January 2016Second of January (Substitute Day) (S)
Sunday 14 February 2016St. Valentines Day
Sunday 6 March 2016Mothering Sunday
Thursday 17 March 2016St. Patricks Day (I)
Friday 25 March 2016Good Friday (EISW)
Monday 28 March 2016Easter Monday (EIW)
Saturday 23 April 2016St George’s day

(E – not a bank holiday)
Monday 2 May 2016Early May Bank Holiday (EISW)
Monday 30 May 2016Spring Bank Holiday (EISW)
Sunday 19 June 2016Father’s Day
Tuesday 12 July 2016Battle of the Boyne 'Orangeman’s Day' (I)
Monday 1 August 2016Summer Bank Holiday (S)
Monday 29 August 2016Summer Bank Holiday(EIW)
Monday 31 October 2016Halloween
Wednesday 30 November 2016St Andrews Day (S)
Sunday 25 December 2016*Christmas Day (EISW)
Monday 26 December 2016Boxing Day (EISW)
Tuesday 27 December 2016Christmas Day (Substitute Day) (EISW)

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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?

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