Summer Bank Holiday

Summer Bank Holiday Quick Facts

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2020 Date3 August 2020
2021 Date2 August 2021
Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland)

Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland) History

The Summer Bank Holiday is a holiday that marks the middle of Summer in Scotland. During the three-day weekend many people take short trips or holidays, visiting family and friends in different parts of the country.

The Summer Bank Holiday was introduced in the Bank Holidays Act of 1871, it was also first observed in that year. The holiday was originally intended to give bank employees the chance to participate in and attend cricket matches. One hundred years later, the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 moved the bank holiday to the last Monday in August for England, Wales and Northern Ireland - in Scotland it remained on the first Monday in August.

The weeks surrounding the Summer Bank Holiday are collectively known as Fair Holidays, with towns and cities hosting festivals and events to mark the occasion. The Summer Bank Holiday this year (for England, Wales and Northern Ireland) is on 29 August.

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Summer Bank Holiday Facts & Quotes

  • When a bank holiday happens to fall on a Sunday, the following Monday becomes the day when the holiday is observed. This is known as substitute day or 'bank holiday in lieu'.
  • Royal proclamation is used to move holidays that would otherwise fall on a weekend or that are moved for special occasions, or to create additional one-off holidays (such as for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012).
  • Public holidays in Scotland are often based on tradition, examples such as Glasgow Fair and the Dundee Fortnight pre-date bank holidays by centuries, with Glasgow Fair having its roots in the 12th century.
  • Rest and be thankful.― William Wordsworth, English poet of the Romantic genre who lived from 1770-1850
  • Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. ― John Lubbock, an English banker, politician, philanthropist and polymath who lived form 1834-1913

Summer Bank Holiday Top Events and Things to Do

  • Get down the pub and celebrate the three day weekend like a true Brit.
  • See some comedy! August is the time when Edinburgh welcomes the Fringe Festival for a whole month. World famous comedians and complete novices perform for 30 days straight throughout the city.
  • See Scottish military tradition in action at the Edinburgh Tattoo- an evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance performed by Scotland’s military regiments and battalions.
  • Explore some of Scotland’s breath-taking natural scenery- have you visited the Cairngorm Mountains or the Isle of Skye?
  • Have a lie-in, if you’ve been out at the pub you’ll probably need it, if not then this is one of the last chances you’ll get to sleep in on a Monday during 2016. No more Bank Holidays until Boxing Night!

Summer Bank Holiday References and Related Sites

www.gov.scot: Bank Holidays
www.bbc.co.uk: BBC Bank Holidays

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