Britain’s national holidays

Bank holidays in Britain vary from nation to nation. They can reflect a change in prices, as well as also offering additional seasonal activities for clients to enjoy.

Below are the dates for 2021. 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.

2021 Bank holidays

  • New Year’s Day: 1 January
  • St Patrick’s Day (Northern Ireland only): 17 March
  • Good Friday: 2 April
  • Easter Monday (Wales, England and Northern Ireland only): 5 April
  • Early May Bank Holiday: 3 May
  • Spring Bank Holiday: 31 May
  • Orangeman’s Day (Northern Ireland only): 12 July
  • Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland only): 2 August
  • Summer Bank Holiday (Wales, England and Northern Ireland only): 30 August
  • St Andrew’s Day (Scotland only): 30 November
  • Christmas Day: 25 December
  • Boxing Day: 26 December

2021 School holidays (these may vary slightly by region)

School holiday Start date End date
Winter half-term Monday 15 February Friday 19 February
Easter Monday 29 March Friday 9 April
Summer Thursday 5 July Friday 17 August
Autumn half-term Monday 18 October Friday 22 October
Christmas Monday 20 December Friday 7 January