Information and Dates of Public Holidays in the United Kingdom over the Next 3 Years

Here is the UK Bank Holiday Information for 2010, 2011 & 2012.

England and Wales

There are currently eight permanent bank holidays set for England and Wales. However, in 2012 there is an additional one! HORAY!

England and Wales 2010 2011 2012
New Year's Day 1 January 3 January* 2 January*
Good Friday 2 April 22 April 6 April
Easter Monday 5 April 25 April 9 April
Early May Bank Holiday 3 May 2 May 7 May
Spring Bank Holiday 31 May 30 May 4 June*
Queen's Diamond Jubilee - - 5 June
Summer Bank Holiday 30 August 29 August 27 August
Christmas Day 27 December* 26 December* 25 December
Boxing Day 28 December* 27 December* 26 December
* substitute day

Scotland

There are nine bank holidays for Scotland. There are also other traditional local holidays. St Andrew's Day is an alternative, voluntary holiday, which can replace an existing local holiday.

Note: Businesses and schools are not always closed on Scottish bank holidays, and Scottish banks follow the English and Welsh bank holidays for business reasons. See Above.

Scotland 2010 2011 2012
New Year's Day 1 January 3 January* 2 January*
2nd January 4 January* 4 January* 3 January
Good Friday 2 April 22 April 6 April
Early May Bank Holiday 3 May 2 May 7 May
Spring Bank Holiday 31 May 30 May 28 May
Summer Bank Holiday 2 August 1 August 6 August
St Andrew's Day 30 November 30 November 30 November
Christmas Day 27 December* 26 December* 25 December
Boxing Day 28 December* 27 December* 26 December
* substitute day

Scotland has not yet made a decision on the additional bank holiday for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, there are ten bank holidays! The same eight as in England and Wales, plus St Patrick's Day and the Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

Northern Ireland 2010 2011 2012
New Year's Day 1 January 3 January* 2 January*
St Patrick's Day 17 March 17 March 17 March
Good Friday 2 April 22 April 6 April
Easter Monday 5 April 25 April 9 April
Early May Bank Holiday 3 May 2 May 7 May
Spring Bank Holiday 31 May 30 May 4 June*
Queen's Diamond Jubilee - - 5 June
Battle of the Boyne
(Orangemen's Day)
12 July 12 July 12 July
Summer Bank Holiday 30 August 29 August 27 August
Christmas Day 27 December* 26 December* 25 December
Boxing Day 28 December* 27 December* 26 December
* substitute day

Special bank holidays

There will be a special bank holiday in 2012 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The 2012 late May bank holiday will be moved to Monday 4 June 2012 and an additional Jubilee bank holiday will be on Tuesday 5 June 2012. A nice long weekend for you to enjoy!

British Summer Time

British Summer Time (BST) starts on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October, at 1.00 am Greenwich Mean Time (GMT):

  • in spring the clocks go forward, losing an hour - at 1.00 am GMT the UK moves to 2.00 am BST
  • in autumn the clocks go back, giving an extra hour - at 2.00 am BST the UK moves to 1.00 am GMT

Summer time periods begin and end on the following dates:

2010 2011 2012
Clocks go forward 28 March 27 March 25 March
Clocks go back 31 October 30 October 28 October


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