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UK bank holidays and other important UK holidays 2018

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Save this list of UK bank holidays 2018 and other important UK holidays, including all UK public holidays, school holidays, daylight savings, Mother's and Father's Day and more.

Whether you're living in the UK or just visiting, it's important to note that UK bank holidays are slightly different in Scotland compared to England and Wales. Northern Ireland has the same eight UK public holidays as England and Wales plus two more: St Patrick's Day and the Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

Some bank holidays in the UK coincide with colourful UK festivals, which is a great way to sample the top local British foods. Many businesses typically close, however, for UK national holidays and some UK transport may run on reduced schedules.

When UK holidays fall on a weekend, the next weekday (often a Monday) usually becomes a substitute day UK national holiday. Below is a list of UK bank holidays and other important holidays in the UK in 2018.

UK bank holidays in 2018: all regions

  • Monday, 1 January: New Year's Day
  • Friday, 30 March: Good Friday
  • Monday, 2 April: Easter Monday
  • Monday, 7 May: Early May Bank Holiday (first Monday in May)
  • Monday, 28 May: Spring Bank Holiday (last Monday in May)
  • Tuesday, 25 December: Christmas
  • Wednesday, 26 December: Boxing Day

UK bank holidays: UK holidaysGuy Fawkes Night is a widely celebrated UK holiday, although not an official UK bank holiday.

Bank holidays UK 2018: other holidays in England and Wales

  • Monday, 27 August: Summer Bank Holiday (last Monday in August)

UK bank holidays 2018: other bank holidays in Scotland

  • Monday, 6 August: Summer Bank Holiday (first Monday in August)
  • Friday, 30 November: St Andrew’s Day

Bank holidays in the UK 2018: other bank holidays in Northern Ireland

  • Saturday, 17 March: St Patrick's Day [observed on Monday, 19 March]
  • Thursday, 12 July: Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen's Day)
  • Monday, 27 August: Summer Bank Holiday (last Monday in August)   

Other important UK holidays

  • Thursday, 25 January: Burns Night (Scotland)
  • Friday, 16 February: Chinese New Year
  • Sunday, 11 March: Mother’s Day
  • Sunday, 25 March: Daylight Saving Time starts; clocks go forward one hour at 01:00 on the last Sunday in March. This called British Summer Time (BST).
  • Tuesday, 16 May: Ramadan begins
  • Friday, 15 June: Eid al-Fitr
  • Sunday, 17 June: Father's Day
  • Wednesday, 22 August: Eid al-Adha
  • Monday, 10 September: Rosh Hashanah
  • Wednesday, 19 September: Yom Kippur
  • Sunday, 28 October: Daylight Savings Time ends; clocks go back one hour at 02:00 on the last Sunday in October. The UK is then on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
  • Monday, 5 November: Guy Fawkes Night, sometimes referred to as Bonfire Night.
  • Wednesday, 7 November: Diwali

UK school holidays 

School terms, half term and holiday dates vary across the UK: 

For important festivals in the UK, read Expatica's guide to the top UK festivals.

Click to the top of our guide to UK bank holidays



Photo credit (CC-Licence): Andrew Dunn via Wikimedia Commons (Guy Fawkes Night).


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