British Holiday Information

British bank holiday dates 2010

Although the main focus at this time of year is on Christmas, somewhere, at the back of your mind, are thoughts about next year’s holiday.

It seems to be that as soon as the Christmas and New Year breaks are over you need another focus, so how about planning your holiday? Here’s a breakdown of next year’s bank holiday dates to help you arrange your holiday or a couple of long-weekends in 2010.

There are eight standard bank holiday dates for England and Wales that are observed by most of the countries making up the British Isles, however, there are a few variations.

For those of you who are uncertain about the public holidays in Britain here’s a list:

Eight main bank holidays of England and Wales 2010:

1 January New Year’s Day
2 April – Good Friday
5 April – Easter Monday (except Scotland)
3 May – Early May bank holiday UK and Republic of Ireland
31 May – UK, spring bank holiday
30 August (except Scotland)
27 December – Christmas Day substitute
28 December – Boxing Day substitute (UK & Republic of Ireland)

Scotland bank holidays 2010:

1 January New Year’s Day
4 January – substitute day for 2 January
2 April – Good Friday
3 May – Early May bank holiday UK and Republic of Ireland
31 May – UK, spring bank holiday
2 August (Scotland & Republic of Ireland)
30 November – St Andrew’s Day
27 December – Christmas Day substitute
28 December – Boxing Day substitute (UK & Republic of Ireland)

Businesses and schools do not always close on Scottish public holidays and banks in Scotland observe the bank holidays of England and Wales.

Northern Ireland bank holidays 2010:

1 January New Year’s Day
17 March – St Patrick’s Day
2 April – Good Friday
5 April – Easter Monday (except Scotland)
3 May – Early May bank holiday UK and Republic of Ireland
31 May – UK, spring bank holiday
12 July – anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day)
30 August (except Scotland)
27 December – Christmas Day substitute
28 December – Boxing Day substitute (UK & Republic of Ireland)

Republic of Ireland bank holidays 2010:

1 January
17 March – St. Patrick’s Day
5 April – Easter Monday
3 May – first Monday in May
7 June – first Monday in June
2 August – first Monday in August
25 October – last Monday in October
27 December – Christmas Day
28 December – St. Stephen’s Day
29 December

Isle of Man bank holidays 2010:

The Isle of Man has ten bank holiday days – the main English and Welsh bank holidays plus the following dates:

11 June – senior race day TT
5 July – Tynwald Day – the island’s parliament

Channel Islands bank holidays 2010:

Main bank holidays plus:

9 May – Liberation Day (except Alderney)
2 August – (Alderney only, replaces 31 August public holiday)
15 December – Homecoming Day (Alderney only)