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Public Holidays in the UK

and British Summer Time

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The countries that make up the United Kingdom sometimes have different public holidays – known here as bank holidays – so these dates are marked up for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Asterisks * denote a Substitute Day – if a bank holiday falls on a weekend, a substitute weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday unless that is also a bank holiday.


St Patrick's Day Bank Holiday (Northern Ireland)
March 17, 2020
Good Friday (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
April 10, 2020
Easter Monday (England, Wales, Northern Ireland)
April 13, 2020
Early May Bank Holiday (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
May 8, 2020 (NB: This Bank Holiday is on a Friday, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day)
Spring Bank Holiday (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
May 25, 2020
Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen's Day) (Northern Ireland)
July 13, 2020*
Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland)
August 3, 2020
Summer Bank Holiday (England, Wales, Northern Ireland)
August 31, 2020
St Andrew's Day (Scotland)
November 30, 2020
Christmas Day (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
December 25, 2020
Boxing Day (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
December 28, 2020*

British Summer Time

British Summer Time (BST) starts on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October, at 1.00 am Greenwich Mean Time (GMT):
In spring the clocks go forward, losing an hour: at 1.00 am GMT the UK moves to 2.00 am BST.
In autumn the clocks go back, giving an extra hour: at 2.00 am BST the UK moves to 1.00 am GMT
Clocks go forward on March 29, 2020
Clocks go back on October 25, 2020

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