Bank holidays are usually a good excuse to get away for the weekend or to visit family or friends, but they have looked quite different this year, with the UK spending the past 13 months under some form of coronavirus restrictions. However, as society begins to reopen again after the winter lockdown, the prospect of getting away in the not-so-distant future is dawning.
Socialising outside of your household is now permitted in all four UK nations, providing it takes place outdoors.
Pubs and non-essential shops have reopened in England, with reopening expected across the three devolved nations in the coming weeks.
2021 has the normal number of bank holidays in a year, with no extra dates added this year.
Many speculated that there would be an additional bank holiday added following the death of Prince Philip, but this has not been the case.
However, the UK will get an extra bank holiday in 2022, as the UK marks the Queen’s platinum jubilee in the first week of June.
When is the next bank holiday?
The next bank holiday throughout the UK is the Early May bank holiday, which takes place on Monday, May 3.
Most bank holidays happen across the UK, but the individual countries do have their own bank holidays in some instances, such as national days.
The vast majority of bank holidays also fall on a Monday or Friday, with the exception of the Christmas and Boxing Day substitutes.
Early May Bank Holiday – May 3
Spring bank holiday – May 31
Battle of the Boyne bank holiday – July 12
Summer bank holiday – August 30
Christmas Day substitute – December 27
Boxing Day substitute – December 28