UK Bank Holidays 2012

An overview of public holidays in the United Kingdom (Great Britain & Northern Ireland) in 2012, 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 2012 across the whole of theUK
  • Bank holidays 2012 inEngland &Wales
  • Bank holidays 2012 inScotland
  • Bank holidays 2012 inNorthern Ireland

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    Bank Holidays 2012 in all of the UK

    See below for bank holidays in England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

    2011 2013
    Date Bank holiday Region Day
    January 1st, 2012 New Year's Day Nationwide
    Sunday
    January 2nd, 2012 Substitute day (for New Year's Day) England
    Wales
    Northern Ireland
    Monday
    January 2nd, 2012 2nd January Scotland
    Monday
    January 3rd, 2012 Substitute day (for 2nd January) Scotland
    Tuesday
    March 17th, 2012 St Patrick's Day Northern Ireland
    Saturday
    March 19th, 2012 Substitute day (for St Patrick's Day) Northern Ireland
    Monday
    April 6th, 2012 Good Friday Nationwide
    Friday
    April 9th, 2012 Easter Monday England
    Wales
    Northern Ireland
    Monday
    May 7th, 2012 Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) Nationwide
    Monday
    June 4th, 2012 Spring Bank Holiday Nationwide
    Monday
    June 5th, 2012 The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Nationwide
    Tuesday
    July 12th, 2012 Battle of the Boyne (The Twelfth/
    Orangemen's Day)
    Northern Ireland
    Thursday
    August 6th, 2012 August Bank Holiday (Scotland) Scotland
    Monday
    August 27th, 2012 August Bank Holiday England
    Wales
    Northern Ireland
    Monday
    November 30th, 2012 St Andrew's Day Scotland
    Friday
    December 25th, 2012 Christmas Day Nationwide
    Tuesday
    December 26th, 2012 Boxing Day Nationwide
    Wednesday
    2011 2013

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    Bank Holidays 2012 in England & Wales

    2011 2013
    Date Bank holiday Day
    January 1st, 2012 New Year's Day Sunday
    January 2nd, 2012 Substitute day (for New Year's Day) Monday
    April 6th, 2012 Good Friday Friday
    April 9th, 2012 Easter Monday Monday
    May 7th, 2012 Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) Monday
    June 4th, 2012 Spring Bank Holiday Monday
    June 5th, 2012 The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Tuesday
    August 27th, 2012 August Bank Holiday Monday
    December 25th, 2012 Christmas Day Tuesday
    December 26th, 2012 Boxing Day Wednesday
    2011 2013

    England and Wales have eight bank holidays a year and are thus the countries with the lowest number of bank holidays in Europe and in the G20 group of leading economies.
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    Bank Holidays 2012 in Scotland

    2011 2013
    Date Bank holiday Day
    January 1st, 2012 New Year's Day Sunday
    January 2nd, 2012 2nd January Monday
    January 3rd, 2012 Substitute day (for 2nd January) Tuesday
    April 6th, 2012 Good Friday Friday
    May 7th, 2012 Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) Monday
    June 4th, 2012 Spring Bank Holiday Monday
    June 5th, 2012 The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Tuesday
    August 6th, 2012 August Bank Holiday (Scotland) Monday
    November 30th, 2012 St Andrew's Day Friday
    December 25th, 2012 Christmas Day Tuesday
    December 26th, 2012 Boxing Day Wednesday
    2011 2013

    Scotland has nine bank holidays. It celebrates seven of the eight UK-wide holidays (except Easter Monday) and additionally Second of January and St. Andrew's Day on November 30th in honour of its national saint, newly introduced only in 2007. Schools and businesses in Scotland are not automatically closed on a bank holiday.
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    Bank Holidays 2012 in Northern Ireland

    2011 2013
    Date Bank holiday Day
    January 1st, 2012 New Year's Day Sunday
    January 2nd, 2012 Substitute day (for New Year's Day) Monday
    March 17th, 2012 St Patrick's Day Saturday
    March 19th, 2012 Substitute day (for St Patrick's Day) Monday
    April 6th, 2012 Good Friday Friday
    April 9th, 2012 Easter Monday Monday
    May 7th, 2012 Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) Monday
    June 4th, 2012 Spring Bank Holiday Monday
    June 5th, 2012 The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Tuesday
    July 12th, 2012 Battle of the Boyne (The Twelfth/Orangemen's Day) Thursday
    August 27th, 2012 August Bank Holiday Monday
    December 25th, 2012 Christmas Day Tuesday
    December 26th, 2012 Boxing Day Wednesday
    2011 2013

    Northern Ireland has ten bank holidays. In addition to the eight UK-wide bank holidays, it celebrates St. Patrick's Day on March 17th in honour of its national saint, and the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 on July 12th, also known as "The Twelfth" and Orangemen's Day.

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