Full UK Bank Holidays 2019/2020 List

    While some bank holiday dates stay the same from year to year, others seem to be constantly hopping around.

    It’s enough to make your head spin!

    That’s why we’ve put together this guide. To help you know exactly when then 2019’s bank holidays are, as well as which bank holiday is coming up next.

    And we’ve even included the 2020 bank holidays to make sure you’re extra prepared!

    A bank holiday Monday can often dictate when you take time off work. So knowing the dates in advance — as well as any school holiday dates — can help when planning your airport parking.

    When Is the Next UK Bank Holiday?

    In England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, the next bank holiday is Friday 27th May, otherwise known as the Spring Bank Holiday.

    This is the last bank holiday for a while, so make the most of it!

    England 2019/2020 Bank Holiday Dates

    Bank Holiday DateDayEvent
    27th May 2019MondaySpring Bank Holiday
    26th August 2019MondaySummer Bank Holiday
    25th December 2019WednesdayChristmas Day
    26th December 2019ThursdayBoxing Day
    1st January 2020WednesdayNew Year's Day
    10th April 2020FridayGood Friday
    13th April 2020MondayEaster Monday
    4th May 2020MondayEarly May Bank Holiday
    25th May 2020MondaySpring Bank Holiday
    31st August 2020MondaySummer Bank Holiday
    25th December 2020FridayChristmas Day
    28th December 2020MondayBoxing Day (Substitute Day)

    England 2019 Bank Holiday Dates – Download Wall Chart

    Scotland 2019/2020 Bank Holiday Dates

    Bank Holiday DateDayEvent
    27th May 2019MondaySpring Bank Holiday
    5th August 2019MondaySummer Bank Holiday
    2nd DecemberMondaySt Andrew's Day (Substitute Day)
    25th December 2019WednesdayChristmas Day
    26th December 2019ThursdayBoxing Day
    1st January 2020WednesdayNew Year's Day
    2nd January 2020Thursday2nd January
    10th April 2020FridayGood Friday
    4th May 2020MondayEarly May Bank Holiday
    25th May 2020MondaySpring Bank Holiday
    3rd August 2020MondaySummer Bank Holiday
    30th November 2020MondaySt Andrew's Day
    25th December 2020FridayChristmas Day
    28th December 2020MondayBoxing Day (Substitute Day)

    Scotland 2019 Bank Holiday Dates – Download Wall Chart

    Wales 2019/2020 Bank Holiday Dates

    Bank Holiday DateDayEvent
    27th May 2019MondaySpring Bank Holiday
    26th August 2019MondaySummer Bank Holiday
    25th December 2019WednesdayChristmas Day
    26th December 2019ThursdayBoxing Day
    1st January 2020WednesdayNew Year's Day
    10th April 2020FridayGood Friday
    13th April 2020MondayEaster Monday
    4th May 2020MondayEarly May Bank Holiday
    25th May 2020MondaySpring Bank Holiday
    31st August 2020MondaySummer Bank Holiday
    25th December 2020FridayChristmas Day
    28th December 2020MondayBoxing Day (Substitute Day)

    Wales 2019 Bank Holiday Dates – Download Wall Chart

    Northern Ireland 2019/2020 Bank Holiday Dates

    Bank Holiday DateDayEvent
    27th May 2019MondaySpring Bank Holiday
    12th July 2019FridayBattle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day)
    26th August 2019MondaySummer Bank Holiday
    25th December 2019WednesdayChristmas Day
    26th December 2019ThursdayBoxing Day
    1st January 2020WednesdayNew Year's Day
    17th March 2020TuesdaySt Patrick's Day
    10th April 2020FridayGood Friday
    13th April 2020MondayEaster Monday
    4th May 2020MondayEarly May Bank Holiday
    25th May 2020MondaySpring Bank Holiday
    13th July 2020MondayOrangemen’s Day (Substitute Day)
    31st August 2020MondaySummer Bank Holiday
    25th December 2020FridayChristmas Day
    28th December 2020MondayBoxing Day (Substitute Day)

    Northern Ireland 2019 Bank Holiday Dates – Download Wall Chart

    What Are UK Bank Holidays?

    Bank holidays are public holidays when banks and most workers are given time off (or extra pay, depending on their contract).

    The first bank holidays were named in the Bank Holidays Act 1871:

    • Easter Monday, Whit Monday, First Monday in August and Boxing Day for England and Wales
    • Easter Monday, Whit Monday, First Monday in August and St Stephen’s Day for Ireland
    • New Year’s Day, Good Friday, First Monday in May, First Monday in August and Christmas Day for Scotland

    In everywhere except Scotland, Good Friday and Christmas Day were considered traditional days of rest anyway, so these weren’t included in the act.

    The Bank Holidays Act 1871 was in effect for 100 years, until it was replaced by the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971, which is still in place to this day.

    Do Employers Have to Give Bank Holidays Off?

    No. The law says workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks paid holiday each year, and it’s up to the employer whether any of these days coincide with bank holidays or not.

    If you work 5 days per week, you’ll receive 28 days off, and some of these may fall on bank holidays. If you work part-time, you’ll still get 5.6 weeks of holiday, but this will be less than 28 days.

    You can work out how much you should get using the UK Government’s holiday entitlement calendar.

    How do Bank Holidays Affect Benefit Payments?

    If your payment date falls on a bank holiday, you should receive your payments on the working day before instead.

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