UK Bank Holidays
Bank holidays are the perfect excuse to get away taking full advantage of that extra day off to start a long weekend away or begin a longer break. Whether it is the early May bank holiday, Spring Bank Holiday which replaced the Whitsun Holiday, August Bank Holiday, Easter Holidays or one of the other national holiday dates in the year, why not make the most of your extra time off.
The tradition of national holidays in the UK dates back to the early 19th Century, when the Bank of England would close its doors in celebration of a number of religious festivals and saints’ days - the number of bank holidays days in that period being estimated to be a healthy 33. In 1834 the bank dramatically reduced this, scaling the number of bank holidays down to just four: May Day on 1st May, All Saints Day on 1st November, Good Friday and Christmas Day.
The list of UK bank holidays in 2012 is unusual as, on the 5th June, we’ll have an additional day off in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. On this day, following a tradition that dates back to the Banking and Financial Dealings Act of 1971, the Queen herself will formally proclaim the beginning of the bank holiday.
Our monarch also uses her power to move holidays that would otherwise fall on a weekend, to ensure that the British public never loses out. In 2012 there are two such days (New Years Day and Spring Bank Holiday on 4th June) that needed to be substituted in order not to fall on a weekend.
2012 Bank Holiday Dates
Monday 2nd January - New Year's Day
Book your Bank Holiday Break
Ensure you have something planned on one of these bank holidays. It's time to book, all you have to do now is decide how you want to spend the time on your perfect Bank Holiday Breaks.