Summer Bank Holiday

Summer Bank Holiday Quick Facts

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2019 Date26 August 2019
2020 Date31 August 2020
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, 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. 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 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.

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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.
  • In England, Wales and Ireland, Good Friday and Christmas Day were considered traditional days of rest from a religious and therefore cultural perspective. Therefore it was felt unnecessary to include them in the Bank Holidays Act.
  • The Late Summer Bank Holiday is celebrated in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but not Scotland or the Republic of Ireland who celebrate at the start of the month, following 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, 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 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, Woolacombe; Weymouth Beach, Weymouth; Rhossili Bay, Rhossili or Fistral Beach, 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 and 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: Liverpool International Music Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival and Manchester Pride.
  • Soak up some heritage by visiting National Trust properties and parks throughout the country. https://savingplaces.org/

Summer Bank Holiday References and Related Sites

Trips on Bank Holidays
BBC Bank Holidays

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