When is the August bank holiday? 2019 dates for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

IT'S always good to know when the bank holidays are so you can plan ahead – and an August one is just around the corner.

The August bank holiday was first introduced just to give us all a bit more time to enjoy the sunny Summer.

Up until 1971 it always took place on the first Monday of August. It was eventually moved as it clashed with the traditional two week shut down that many companies went through in the summer.

But it was originally introduced a century before in the Bank Holidays Act 1871 to give bankers the opportunity to enjoy and participate in cricket.

Below are all of 2021's bank holidays in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

When is the August bank holiday 2021?

The next bank holiday across the home nations in 2021 is the summer bank holiday on Monday, August 30.

This is except for Scotland who has their August bank holiday at the beginning of the month – August 2.

When are the bank holiday dates for 2020?

Bank holidays in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in 2021 are:

  • Monday, August 30 – Summer bank holiday – or Monday, August 2, for those in Scotland
  • Monday, December 27 – Christmas Day (substitute day)
  • Tuesday, December 28 – Boxing Day (substitute day)

There are additional days for people living in both Northern Ireland and Scotland:

  • Battle of the Boyne or Orangemen's Day is marked in Northern Ireland on Monday, July 12
  • In Scotland, St Andrews Day falls on Tuesday, November 30.

What is a bank holiday?

A bank holiday is a public holiday in the UK when most people are given an extra day off work.

They were given the name bank holidays as banks are closed – and if they can't do business, no-one else can.

Similarly, schools are shut on bank holidays, and transport services are often scaled back.

Booking certain days off work can help your holiday allowance stretch further.

What are the Christmas dates for 2021?

In 2021, Christmas Day, December 25, is a Monday.
Boxing Day, on December 26, is a Tuesday.

Christmas Eve, which is on the Thursday before Christmas Day, is not a public holiday in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

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