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.

2017 Bank holidays

  • New Year’s Day: 1 January
  • St Patrick’s Day (Northern Ireland only): 17 March
  • Good Friday: 14 April
  • Easter Monday (Wales, England and Northern Ireland only): 17 April
  • Early May Bank Holiday: 1 May
  • Spring Bank Holiday: 29 May
  • Orangeman’s Day (Northern Ireland only): 12 July
  • Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland only): 7 August
  • Summer Bank Holiday (Wales, England and Northern Ireland only): 28 August
  • St Andrew’s Day (Scotland only): 30 November
  • Christmas Day: 25 December
  • Boxing Day: 26 December

2017 School holidays (these may vary slightly by region)

School holiday Start date End date
Winter half term Monday 13 February Friday 17 February
Easter Monday 10 April Friday 21 April
Summer Monday 24 July Friday 1 September
Autumn half term Monday 23 October Friday 27 October
Christmas Monday 18 December Tuesday 2 January

2018 Bank holidays

  • New Year’s Day: 1 January
  • St Patrick’s Day (Northern Ireland only): 17 March
  • Good Friday: 30 March
  • Easter Monday (Wales, England and Northern Ireland only): 2 April
  • Early May Bank Holiday: 7 May
  • Spring Bank Holiday: 28 May
  • Orangeman’s Day (Northern Ireland only): 12 July
  • Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland only): 6 August
  • Summer Bank Holiday (Wales, England and Northern Ireland only): 27 August
  • St Andrew’s Day (Scotland only): 30 November
  • Christmas Day: 25 December
  • Boxing Day: 26 December

2018 School holidays (these may vary slightly by region)

School holiday Start date End date
Winter half term Monday 12 February Friday 16 February
Easter Friday 30 March Friday 13 April
Summer Tuesday 24 July Monday 3 September
Autumn half term Monday 22 October Friday 26 October
Christmas Thursday 20 December Tuesday 2 January