An overview of public holidays in the United
Kingdom (Great Britain & Northern Ireland) in 2011, shown in separate tables for the whole of the UK, England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Public holidays in the UK are generally referred to as bank holidays
due to the 4 days so designated by the Bank Holidays Act of 1871. The name is now used as a blanket term for all public holidays in the UK as banks, government offices and most businesses are closed on these days, although an increasing number of smaller shops and larger retail businesses remain open.
Public holidays in Britain comprise bank holidays declared by statute (as listed in the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971, Schedule 1), by royal proclamation, and common law/customary holidays (Good Friday and Christmas Day, which are not offical bank holidays in England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Royal proclamation is also used to move holidays that would otherwise fall on a weekend or that are moved for special occasions, or to create additional one-off holidays (such as for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012).
When a bank holiday falls on a Sunday the following Monday usually becomes the day when the holiday is observed (known as substitute day or 'bank holiday in lieu'). If the Monday is also a bank holiday, the substitute day moves to the following weekday. UK public holidays always move forward in the calendar, never backwards.
The August bank holiday always falls on the last
Monday of August in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and on the first
Monday of August in Scotland. Its official name is "Summer Bank Holiday", however it is far more commonly referred to as the "August Bank Holiday". This website therefore uses this more frequently-heard term.
To read more about British public holidays please see the detailed information on Public holidays in the United Kingdom
on Wikipedia, and also gov.uk
Bank holidays and their dates vary between England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We are therefore showing them in 4 different tables so you can more easily get the information applicable to your region:
Bank holidays 2011 across the whole of theUK
Bank holidays 2011 inEngland &Wales
Bank holidays 2011 inScotland
Bank holidays 2011 inNorthern Ireland
• Online calendar 2011
• UK Bank Holidays for other years: