Britain’s national holidays

Bank holidays in Britain vary from nation to nation, and can reflect a change in prices, as well as offering additional seasonal activities for clients to enjoy. Below are the dates for 2017 and 2018. Unless otherwise stated, these bank holidays affect England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. We’ve also included school breaks so you are aware of when the peak holiday periods occur.

2019 Bank holidays

  • New Year’s Day: 1 January
  • St Patrick’s Day (Northern Ireland only): 17 March
  • Good Friday: 19 April
  • Easter Monday (Wales, England and Northern Ireland only): 22nd April
  • Early May Bank Holiday: 6 May
  • Spring Bank Holiday: 27 May
  • Orangeman’s Day (Northern Ireland only): 12 July
  • Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland only): 5 August
  • Summer Bank Holiday (Wales, England and Northern Ireland only): 26 August
  • St Andrew’s Day (Scotland only): 30 November
  • Christmas Day: 25 December
  • Boxing Day: 26 December

2019 School holidays (these may vary slightly by region)

School holiday Start date End date
Winter half term Monday  February Friday 22 February
Easter Monday 8 April Friday 22 April
Summer Thursday 25 July Friday 30 August
Autumn half term Monday 28 October Friday 1 November
Christmas Monday 23 December Friday 3 January

2020 Bank holidays

  • New Year’s Day: 1 January
  • St Patrick’s Day (Northern Ireland only): 17 March
  • Good Friday: 10 April
  • Easter Monday (Wales, England and Northern Ireland only): 13 April
  • Early May Bank Holiday: 4 May
  • Spring Bank Holiday: 25 May
  • Orangeman’s Day (Northern Ireland only): 12 July
  • Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland only): 3 August
  • Summer Bank Holiday (Wales, England and Northern Ireland only): 31 August
  • St Andrew’s Day (Scotland only): 30 November
  • Christmas Day: 25 December
  • Boxing Day: 26 December

2020 School holidays (these may vary slightly by region)

School holiday Start date End date
Winter half term Monday 10 February Friday 21 February
Easter Monday 30 March Friday 17 April
Summer Monday 20 July Tuesday 1 September
Autumn half term Monday 26 October Friday 30 October
Christmas Monday 21 December Friday 1 January