Full UK 2021 / 2022 Bank Holidays 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 the 20/21 bank holidays are, as well as which bank holiday is coming up next.

    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?

    The next bank holiday to roll around is on the 3rd May, so we have a little longer to wait for that next 3 day weekend.

    England 2021-2022 Bank Holidays

    Bank Holiday DateDayEvent
    3rd May 2021MondayEarly May bank holiday
    31st May 2021MondaySpring bank holiday
    30th August 2021MondaySummer Bank Holiday
    27th December 2021MondayChristmas day (substitute day)
    28th December 2021TuesdayBoxing Day (substitute day)
    3rd January 2022MondayNew Year's Day (substitute day)
    15th April 2022FridayGood Friday
    18th April 2022MondayEaster Monday
    2nd May 2022MondayEarly May bank holiday
    3rd June 2022FridayPlatinum Jubilee bank holiday
    29th August 2022MondaySummer bank holiday

    Scotland 2021-2022 Bank Holidays

    Bank Holiday DateDayEvent
    3rd May 2021MondayEarly May bank holiday
    31st May 2021MondaySpring bank holiday
    2nd August 2021MondaySummer bank holiday
    30th November 2021TuesdaySt Andrew's Day
    27th December 2021MondayChristmas Day (substitute day)
    28th December 2021TuesdayBoxing Day (substitute day)
    3rd January 2022MondayNew Year's Day (substitute day)
    4th January 2022Tuesday2nd January (substitute day)
    15th April 2022FridayGood Friday
    2nd May 2022MondayEarly May bank holiday
    2nd June 2022ThursdaySpring bank holiday
    3rd June 2022FridayPlatinum Jubilee bank holiday
    1st August 2022MondaySummer bank holiday

    Wales 2021-2022 Bank Holidays

    Bank Holiday DateDayEvent
    3rd May 2021MondayEarly May bank holiday
    31st May 2021MondaySpring bank holiday
    30th August 2021MondaySummer bank holiday
    27th December 2021MondayChristmas Day (substitute day)
    28th December 2021TuesdayBoxing day (substitute day)
    3rd January 2022MondayNew Year’s Day (substitute day)
    15th April 2022FridayGood Friday
    18th April 2022MondayEaster Monday

    Northern Ireland 2021-2022 Bank Holidays

    Bank Holiday DateDayEvent
    3rd May 2021MondayEarly May bank holiday
    31st May 2021MondaySpring bank holiday
    12th July 2021MondayBattle of the Boyne (Orangemen's Day)
    30th August 2021MondaySummer bank holiday
    27th December 2021MondayChristmas Day (substitute day)
    28th December 2021TuesdayBoxing Day (substitute day)
    3rd January 2022MondayNew Year's Day (substitute day)
    17th March 2022ThursdaySt Patrick's Day
    15th April 2022FridayGood Friday
    18th April 2022MondayEaster Monday
    2nd May 2022MondayEarly May Bank Holiday
    2nd June 2022ThursdaySpring bank holiday
    3rd JuneFridayPlatinum Jubilee bank holiday
    12th July 2022TuesdayBattle of the Boyne (Orangemen's Day)
    29th August 2022MondaySummer Bank Holiday

    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.

    6 COMMENTS

    1. St. Andrews Day is not a Bank Holiday in Scotland, nor has it ever been a public holiday in Scotland despite campaigns to make it as such.

    2. Hi Colin, as far as we can see – This patron saint day was declared a bank holiday in 2006 by the Scottish Parliament although banks are not required to close if they do not wish to. If 30 November occurs on a weekend, the bank holiday is moved to the following Monday. This is according to the Scottish Government website.

    3. Typo Alert! Under “Scotland” you have: 8th May 2020 Monday Early May Bank Holiday (VE Day). May 8 is a Friday.

    4. You’ve lived up to your name David Hunter! That’s amended now, thanks for letting us know.

    5. See on the 13th of july is this a bank or public holiday for scotland as i know its a bank holiday in ireland on the 13th of july thsnks

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