Everyone loves a bench holidays. It’s an opportunity to enjoy a long weekend, take a longer break from work and relax, or engage in a fun activity of your choice.
For many, August is the bank holiday known as the Summer Bank Holiday, is the most eagerly awaited holiday of all because it’s summer and that means more sunshine and better weather – or at least we hope so.
However, the August bank holiday date is different depending on which area you live in.
Here’s what you need to know.
When is the public holiday in August?
The bank holiday date in August depends on where in the UK you live.
If you live in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the bank holiday in August is Monday 29th August 2022.
If you live in Scotland the bank holiday in August is Monday 1st August.
Is the August holiday the next holiday?
For people living in England, Scotland and Wales, the August bank holiday is the closest on the public calendar.
However if you live in Northern Ireland there is an additional bank holiday which precedes the bank holiday in August.
The next public holiday there is the Battle of the Boyne, also known as Orange Day, which takes place on July 12 each year.
How many public holidays do we have a year?
There are eight public holidays a year if you live in England and Wales, nine if you live in Scotland and ten if you live in Northern Ireland.
When are the bank holidays for the rest of the year?
Again, the dates of the public holidays for the rest of the year following the public holiday differ slightly depending on which of the four nations you live in.
Here are all the bank holidays for the rest of 2022 for all UK regions.
- 30 November – St Andrew’s Day – Scotland only
- 26 December (Boxing Day) – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- 27 December (Christmas Day replacement) – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
What is a public holiday?
Bank holidays were first introduced by banker, politician and science writer Sir John Lubbock, who drafted the Bank Holiday Act in 1871.
Bank holidays are public holidays created by law and they include days expressly listed in the law as well as days proclaimed by the Queen.
Originally it was only banks and financial buildings that were closed on these dates, hence the name “bank holiday”.
Gradually, businesses, shops, schools and the government also joined in on these holidays.
If a public holiday falls on a weekend, a substitute weekday becomes a public holiday. This is usually the following Monday.