Summer Bank Holiday

Summer Bank Holiday Quick Facts - GB

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2023 Date7 August 2023
2024 Date5 August 2024
Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland)

Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland) History

Summer Bank Holiday marks the middle of Summer in Scotland. During the three-day weekend, many people take short trips or visit family and friends in different parts of the country. This day was originally intended to give bank employees the chance to participate in and attend cricket matches. The weeks surrounding this day are known as Fair Holidays. Towns and cities typically host festivals and events to mark the occasion.

Summer Bank Holiday was introduced in 1871 by the Bank Holidays Act. In 1971, the Banking and Financial Dealings Act moved this day 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

  • 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 interfere with special occasions. The proclamation can also be used to create additional one-off holidays (an example is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012).
  • Public holidays in Scotland are often based on tradition. Examples include the Glasgow Fair and the Dundee Fortnight. They pre-date bank holidays by centuries, with Glasgow Fair having its roots in the 12th century.
  • 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 to the pub and celebrate the three-day weekend.
  • 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. It includes an evening of music, ceremony, and performance from 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?

Summer Bank Holiday References and Related Sites Bank Holidays BBC Bank Holidays

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