The bank and public holiday dates for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for 2020 and 2021

14 February 2020

There are a different number of public and bank holiday dates observed, dependent on which region of the UK is being discussed. Northern Ireland are in the fortunate position of enjoying ten, followed by Scotland with nine and England and Wales who have eight bank and public holiday dates, which are in alignment with one another.

The tables can be viewed below, as the dates are important for payroll professionals to be aware of.

England and Wales

 2020

1 January

Wednesday

New Year’s Day

10 April

Friday

Good Friday

13 April

Monday

Easter Monday

8 May

Friday

Early May bank holiday (VE day)

25 May

Monday

Spring bank holiday

31 August

Monday

Summer bank holiday

25 December

Friday

Christmas Day

28 December

Monday

Boxing Day (substitute day)

 2021

1 January

Friday

New Year’s Day

2 April

Friday

Good Friday

5 April

Monday

Easter Monday

3 May

Monday

Early May bank holiday

31 May

Monday

Spring bank holiday

30 August

Monday

Summer bank holiday

27 December

Monday

Christmas Day (substitute day)

28 December

Tuesday

Boxing Day (substitute day)

Scotland

 2020

1 January

Wednesday

New Year’s Day

2 January

Thursday

2nd January

10 April

Friday

Good Friday

8 May

Friday

Early May bank holiday (VE day)

25 May

Monday

Spring bank holiday

3 August

Monday

Summer bank holiday

30 November

Monday

St Andrew’s Day

25 December

Friday

Christmas Day

28 December

Monday

Boxing Day (substitute day)

 2021

1 January

Friday

New Year’s Day

4 January

Monday

2nd January (substitute day)

2 April

Friday

Good Friday

3 May

Monday

Early May bank holiday

31 May

Monday

Spring bank holiday

2 August

Monday

Summer bank holiday

30 November

Tuesday

St Andrew’s Day

27 December

Monday

Christmas Day (substitute day)

28 December

Tuesday

Boxing Day (substitute day)

 Northern Ireland

 2020

1 January

Wednesday

New Year’s Day

17 March

Tuesday

St Patrick’s Day

10 April

Friday

Good Friday

13 April

Monday

Easter Monday

8 May

Friday

Early May bank holiday (VE day)

25 May

Monday

Spring bank holiday

13 July

Monday

Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day) (substitute day)

31 August

Monday

Summer bank holiday

25 December

Friday

Christmas Day

28 December

Monday

Boxing Day (substitute day)

 2021

1 January

Friday

New Year’s Day

17 March

Wednesday

St Patrick’s Day

2 April

Friday

Good Friday

5 April

Monday

Easter Monday

3 May

Monday

Early May bank holiday

31 May

Monday

Spring bank holiday

12 July

Monday

Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day)

30 August

Monday

Summer bank holiday

27 December

Monday

Christmas Day (substitute day)

28 December

Tuesday

Boxing Day (substitute day)


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