BANK HOLIDAYS IN THE UK, YEAR 2021 & 2022

BANK HOLIDAY’S IN THE UK, YEAR 2021 & 2022

BANK HOLIDAYS IN THE UK, YEAR 2021 & 2022

What Are Bank Holidays?

The term ‘bank holidays’ is typically used in the United Kingdom, but many other countries use this term too. Bank holidays are very similar to national holidays as they paid off and often coordinated with an employer. Most of the UK has eight bank holidays per year: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, May Day, late May bank holiday, Summer Bank Holiday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Northern Ireland and Scotland have additional public holidays: Orangemen’s Day, St Andrew’s Day and St Patrick’s Day.


This page contains a calendar of all 2021 bank holidays for the UK. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates

 Bank holidays in England and Wales(2021)

DATE / MONTH DAY HOLIDAY
1 January Friday New Year’s Day
2 April Friday Good Friday
5 April Monday Easter Monday
3 May Monday Early May bank holiday
31 May Monday Spring bank holiday
30 August Monday Summer bank holiday
27 December Monday Christmas Day (substitute day)
28 December Tuesday Boxing Day (substitute day)

Bank holidays in Scotland(2021)

DATE / MONTH DAY HOLIDAY
1 January Friday New Year’s Day
4 January Monday 2nd January(substitute day)
2 April Friday Good Friday
3 May Monday Early May bank holiday
31 May Monday Spring bank holiday
2 August Monday Summer bank holiday
30 November Tuesday St Andrew’s Day
27 December Monday Christmas Day (substitute day)
28 December Tuesday Boxing Day (substitute day)

Bank holidays in Northern Ireland(2021)

DATE / MONTH DAY HOLIDAY
1 January Friday New Year’s Day
17 March Wednesday St Patrick’s Day
2 April Friday Good Friday
5 April Monday Easter Monday
3 May Monday Early May bank holiday
31 May Monday Spring bank holiday
12 July Monday Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day)
30 August Monday Summer bank holiday
27 December Monday Christmas Day (substitute day)
28 December Tuesday Boxing Day (substitute day)

There are differences between England and Scotland when it comes to bank holidays. Whereas in England and Wales you are able to claim bank holidays up to five times a year, in Scotland you can claim them only once a year. Scotland also provides for more paid annual leave than England and Wales do. The laws relating to England and Wales also apply when it comes to bank holidays. Bank holidays are usually much cheaper, so it is well worth signing up for paid leave and getting some extra money for your annual leave.


This page contains a calendar of all 2022 bank holidays for the UK. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates

Bank holidays in England and Wales(2022)

DATE / MONTH DAY HOLIDAY
3 January Monday New Year’s Day (substitute day)
15 April Friday Good Friday
18 April Monday Easter Monday
2 May Monday Early May bank holiday
2 June Thursday Spring bank holiday
3 June Friday Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
29 August Monday Summer bank holiday
26 December Monday Boxing Day
27 December Tuesday Christmas Day(substitute day)

Bank holidays in Scotland(2022)

DATE / MONTH DAY HOLIDAY
3 January Monday New Year’s Day (substitute day)
4 January Tuesday 2nd January (substitute day)
15 April Friday Good Friday
2 May Monday Early May bank holiday
2 June Thursday Spring bank holiday
3 June Friday Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
1 August Monday Summer bank holiday
30 November Wednesday St Andrew’s Day
26 December Monday Boxing Day
27 December Tuesday Christmas Day(substitute day)

Bank holidays in Northern Ireland(2022)

DATE / MONTH DAY HOLIDAY
3 January Monday New Year’s Day(substitute day)
17 March Thursday St Patrick’s Day
15 April Friday Good Friday
18 April Monday Easter Monday
2 May Monday Early May bank holiday
2 June Thursday Spring bank holiday
3 June Friday Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
12 July Tuesday Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day)
29 August Monday Summer bank holiday
26 December Monday Boxing Day
27 December Tuesday Boxing Day (substitute day)

How much do bank holidays cost?

Bank holidays do not have to be taken as a benefit, instead an employee is usually entitled to them as a form of paid absence. This is different from being eligible for annual leave and is sometimes better thought out. Bank holidays are usually chosen to do some part-time work. If you are taking them as a form of statutory minimum leave entitlement then you will only be entitled to a specified number of days. In order to decide whether you are entitled to a bank holiday week or not you should contact the Employment Rights Clearinghouse.

Public holidays are a different thing altogether. You will usually be able to claim two weeks’ worth of bank holidays, not just one. So if you are looking for a Scotland bank holiday entitlement, make sure that you include two weeks as this is what you will be entitled to. There are a few other things that you should consider in order to make sure that you get the best holiday entitlement that you can.

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