Everyone loves a Bank Holiday. These glorious free days off should be firm fixtures in everyone’s calendar. They can make a city break last a little longer or mean a two week holiday only requires eight days off rather than ten. So knowing when bank holidays are coming up, and planning your time off accordingly, are great ways of maximising your holiday allowances every year.
These are the bank holiday dates for 2019 to get in your diary now:
Friday, April 19: Good Friday
Monday, April 22: Easter Monday
Monday, May 6: Early May bank holiday
Monday, May 27: Spring bank holiday
Monday, August 26: Summer bank holiday
Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Day
Thursday, December 26: Boxing Day
We love a holiday hack, and who wouldn’t want to take an average of 25 days annual leave and turn them into 55 days off work.
Starting with the Easter Bank Holiday - if you take April 15th-18th and 23rd-26th as annual leave you’ll actually be OOO for 16 consecutive days (April 13th-28th)with only eight days taken.
The May Bank Holidays also falls kindly this year with the chance to get two nine day breaks off, and you only need four days of annual leave to do it. Take May 7-10th off work around the May 6th Bank Holiday weekend. And then around the May 27th late bank holiday, take off May 28-31st.
Same again for August - take from August 27th to 30th off work and enjoy a break from August 24 to September 1 (the weekends helping to give you nine days).
You’ll be needing a break come Christmas - so 12 days in a row off sounds pretty good. Take December 23-24, 27th, 30th-31st off and say goodbye to work for the rest of 2019.
And if you’re super organised, then we’ve pulled together the dates for 2020 as well so you can start planning even more future adventures.
We’ve been enjoying UK bank holidays for nearly 150 years now. They were introduced by the Bank Holidays Act of 1871 - but at that time there was only four days - as Good Friday (Easter) and Christmas had always been considered as days when the country took time out.
Due to cultural differences Scotland and Northern Ireland have slightly different days off. As Hogmanay (New Years) was traditionally a bigger deal than Christmas in Scotland, they get a New Year’s Holiday day off on the 2nd of January. They also have an early August Bank Holiday (first Monday in August) but don’t get the late August Bank Holiday off. If you’re booking your trip from Scotland, don’t forget St Andrew’s Day - which is the 30th of November but usually taken as the nearest Monday to that.
In Northern Ireland you also get St Patrick’s Day off in March, the closest Monday to March 17. As well as the Battle of the Boyne Day on July 12.
Now you have all the dates, the next question surely must be where’s the best places to go? We’ve pulled together our favourite Easter Bank Holiday destinations for you to consider. Looking for somewhere to visit over the May Bank Holiday? - these deals should give you something to think about for when the weather is warmer. The August Bank Holiday is a great way to finish off the summer.
If you’re thinking about taking multiple trips this year - a pre-paid travel card could work for you. Our own lm card for example allows you to transfer cash between multiple currencies (US Dollars, EUROs and UK Pounds), getting the best exchange rate at the time.
These are the bank holiday dates for 2020 to get in your diary now:
Bank holidays in January
New Year's Day 1st January
2nd January (Scotland only)
Bank holidays in March
St Patrick's Day 17th March (Northern Ireland only)
Bank holidays in April
Good Friday 10th April
Easter Monday 13th April (England, Wales and Northern Ireland only)
Bank holidays in May
Early May bank holiday 8th May
Spring bank holiday 25th May
Bank Holidays in August
Summer bank holiday 3rd August (Scotland only)
Summer bank holiday 31st August (England, Wales and Northern Ireland only)
Bank holidays in November
St Andrew's Day 30th November (Scotland only)
Bank holidays in December
St Andrew's Day 2nd December (Scotland only)
Christmas Day 25th December
Boxing Day 26th December