Summer Bank Holiday

Summer Bank Holiday Quick Facts - GB

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2021 Date30 August 2021
2022 Date29 August 2022
Summer Bank Holiday

Summer Bank Holiday History

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

The Summer Bank Holiday was introduced in 1871 with the Bank Holidays Act. It 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 of 1971 moved the bank holiday to the last Monday in August for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, it continued to be observed on the first Monday in August.

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Summer Bank Holiday Facts & Quotes

  • 4.5 million British people (about 9% of the country's population) take an overnight holiday during the August Bank Holiday.
  • The Late Summer Bank Holiday is celebrated in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. In Scotland and in the Republic of Ireland, it is celebrated at the start of the month in alignment with their centuries-old tradition.
  • 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, English banker, politician, and philanthropist who lived from 1834-1913

Summer Bank Holiday Top Events and Things to Do

  • Get down the pub and have a pint. Join the merriment as people celebrate the three-day weekend.
  • Visit some of Britain’s beaches, they won’t be warm for much longer. Try Woolacombe Beach in Woolacombe, Weymouth Beach in Weymouth, or Fistral Beach in Newquay.
  • Visit Notting Hill Carnival! The festival has run since 1966 and is a joyful expression led by members of the British West Indian community. It pulls in over one million visitors annually.
  • See some live music! There are festivals up and down the country on the August Bank Holiday weekend. Some of our suggestions include: the Liverpool International Music Festival, the Leeds and Reading Festival, and Manchester Pride.

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