In the UK we owe our statutory bank holidays to John Lubbock, first Baron of Avebury, scientific writer (who studied ants and tried to teach his poodle to read), banker and politician and who, in 1871,  drafted the Bank Holiday Bill which, when it became law, created the first bank holidays.

Statutory bank holidays were introduced by the 1871 Bank Holiday Act and were days when the Bank of England and banks could close. The first bank holidays were Easter Monday, Whit Monday, the first Monday in August, and  Boxing Day, in England, Wales, and Ireland. In Scotland, they were New Year’s Day, Good Friday, the first Monday in May, the first Monday in August, and Christmas Day.

Employees don’t have an automatic right to paid leave on bank and public holidays in the UK, though most full-time workers receive a paid day off work, and casual workers receive pay at lower rates. LeaveWizard allows you to configure public holiday calendars to be included in the allowance of employees - an option that is very popular in the UK. 

United Kingdom Bank Holidays

Discover upcoming bank holiday dates for the United Kingdom and start planning to make the most of your time off. Scroll down to select a year 

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