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Bank Holiday 2014

It’s time to forget work and get out of the house - the long weekend we’ve all been counting down to is here. It’s not too late to make the most of that extra day with our fantastic May bank holiday deals for 2014.

Everybody loves a bank holiday, a chance to relax and do something special with your free time. They were first introduced into the UK by the Bank Holidays Act of 1871 and were when banks traditionally closed for business. Many of these dates were based on older holiday traditions going back to early Christian and Pagan festivals, however. May Day, for example, was celebrated by the Romans with a day of dancing in honour of the goddess Flora. It later became a tradition in the 16th century for villagers to erect a maypole decorated with ribbons and dance around it during the holiday.

Make the most of your weekend by taking advantage of our amazing last minute bank holiday deals for 2014. Soak up some sun and culture in Barcelona with a relaxing lounge on the beach followed by a tour of the Sagrada Familia, or take a bite out of the Big Apple and see the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor.

If you’d rather stay closer to home, we’ve lots of cheap bank holiday breaks to tempt you. Be spontaneous with our May bank holiday breaks and book a stay in a four star hotel in London, Edinburgh, or other fantastic locations, close to the local attractions. Try one of our Top Secret Hotels in stylish Mayfair, or the heart of the West End.

We also have great deals on theatre tickets to the hit London shows and musicals. Make it the perfect bank holiday with the irresistible spectacular of Jersey Boys or the family adventure, The Lion King Musical.

If you’d like to treat yourself or a loved one to a unique experience, we’ve some great ideas to help you find the perfect day out. Make bank holiday breaks that extra special with a luxury afternoon tea for two at the Ritz, an evening cruise down the Thames with bubbly and canapés, or enjoy stunning views from The Shard followed by a three course meal for two at the award-winning chef Marco Pierre White’s Steak and Ale House Restaurant.

Take advantage of our August bank holiday deals with lots of fun ideas for all the family. We’ve some amazing bargains on hotels close to major theme parks such as LEGOLAND in Windsor, Thorpe Park in Surrey, or Alton Towers in Staffordshire. With lots more bank holiday deals on theatre tickets, city breaks, and a range of fantastic experiences, you certainly won’t be stuck for inspiration. Make August bank holiday breaks more spontaneous and love living lastminute.com.