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 – Date||2016 Bank Holiday or Occasion|
|Friday 1 January 2016||New Year’s Day (EISW)|
|Monday 4 January 2016||Second of January (Substitute Day) (S)|
|Sunday 14 February 2016||St. Valentines Day|
|Sunday 6 March 2016||Mothering Sunday|
|Thursday 17 March 2016||St. Patricks Day (I)|
|Friday 25 March 2016||Good Friday (EISW)|
|Monday 28 March 2016||Easter Monday (EIW)|
|Saturday 23 April 2016||St George’s day
(E – not a bank holiday)
|Monday 2 May 2016||Early May Bank Holiday (EISW)|
|Monday 30 May 2016||Spring Bank Holiday (EISW)|
|Sunday 19 June 2016||Father’s Day|
|Tuesday 12 July 2016||Battle of the Boyne 'Orangeman’s Day' (I)
|Monday 1 August 2016||Summer Bank Holiday (S)|
|Monday 29 August 2016||Summer Bank Holiday(EIW)|
|Monday 31 October 2016||Halloween|
|Wednesday 30 November 2016||St Andrews Day (S)|
|Sunday 25 December 2016*||Christmas Day (EISW)|
|Monday 26 December 2016||Boxing Day (EISW)|
|Tuesday 27 December 2016||Christmas Day (Substitute Day) (EISW)|
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.
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.