United Kingdom Bank Holidays

Bank Holidays and Special Occasions

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.

2014 UK Bank Holidays & Occasion Calendar

2014 Bank Holiday
or Occasion
2014 – Date
St Andrews Day (S) Sunday 30 November 2014
Christmas Day (EISW) Thursday 25 December 2014
Boxing Day (EISW) Friday 26 December 2014

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.

2015 UK Bank Holidays and Occasion Calendar

2015 Bank Holiday
or Occasion
2015 – Date
New Year’s Day (EISW) Thursday 1 January 2015
Second of January (S) Friday 2 January 2015
St. Valentines Day Saturday 14 February 2015
St. David’s Day (W) Sunday 1 March 2015
St. Patricks Day (I) Tuesday 17 March 2015
Mothering Sunday Sunday 15 March 2015
April Fool’s Day Wednesday 1 April 2015
Good Friday (EISW) Friday 3 April 2015
Easter Monday (EIW) Monday 6 April 2015
St George’s day
(E – not a bank holiday)
Thursday 23 April 2015
Early May Bank Holiday (EISW) Monday 4 May 2015
Spring Bank Holiday (EISW) Monday 25 May 2015
Father’s Day Sunday 21 June 2015
Orangeman’s Day (I)
Sunday 12 July 2015
Summer Bank Holiday (S) Monday 3 August 2015
Summer Bank Holiday(EIW) Monday 31 August 2015
Halloween Saturday 31 October 2015
St Andrews Day (S) Monday 30 November 2015
Christmas Day (EISW) Friday 25 December 2015
Boxing Day (EISW) Saturday 26 December 2015*
Boxing Day Holiday (EISW) Monday 28 December 2015*

Bank Holidays, Public Holidays, Vacations and Special Occasions

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.

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 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.