Bank Holidays

UK Bank holidays, Easter Dates England and Wales 2015, 2016 and 2017.

England and Wales 2015 2016 2017
New Year’s Day 1 January 1 Jan 2 Jan
Good Friday 3 April 25 March 14 April
(Easter Sunday) 5 April 27 March 16 April
Easter Monday 6 April 28 March 17 April
Early May Bank Holiday 4 May 2 May 1 May
Spring Bank Holiday 25 May 30 May 29 May
August Bank Holiday 31 August 29 Aug 28 Aug
Christmas Day 25 December 27 Dec* 25 Dec
Boxing Day 28 December* 26 Dec* 26 Dec

Substitute days are marked with *

Special bank holidays.

There are laws in place that allow the dates of UK bank holidays to be changed, or other holidays to be declared, for example to celebrate special state occasions.

There was a a special bank holiday in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The 2012 late May bank holiday was moved to Monday 4 June 2012 and an additional Jubilee bank holiday was held on Tuesday 5 June 2012.

*Substitute days: When the usual date of a bank or public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, a ‘substitute day’ is given, normally the following Monday. For example in 2009 Boxing Day was on Saturday 26 December, so there was a substitute bank holiday on Monday 28 December. NOTE: If Boxing Day naturally falls on a Monday, the next day (Tuesday) is normally the public holiday associated with Christmas Day, as in the case for 2016.