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

  • See also:
    • Bank holidays for other years: 2017  -  2018  -  2019  -  2020      past years: 2016  -  2015  -  2014  -  2013  -  2012

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

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    Bank Holidays 2012 in England & Wales

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

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    Bank Holidays 2012 in Scotland

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

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    Bank Holidays 2012 in Northern Ireland

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

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