Bank Holidays 2022: When is the next bank holiday, how many will there be for England and Wales and is there an extra holiday next year?
WITH 2021 drawing to a close, many people are already planning for the bank holidays of 2022.
Bank holidays are often much-needed time off from work and if you get your holiday planning right, you could grant yourself some extra time off in 2022.
The national holidays were first introduced by politician and banker Sir John Lubbock as he drafted the Bank Holiday Bill in 1871.
The holidays were originally so banks and financial buildings could close.
Over time, businesses, schools, shops, and the government joined in with bank holidays, although employees do not have to take the day off as it depends on their job contract.
Here is everything you need to know about the Bank Holidays for 2022:
When is the next bank holiday?
The first bank holiday of 2022 will take place on January 3, which is a substitute holiday for New Year's Day.
Will there be an extra bank holiday?
The UK is set to gain an extra bank holiday in 2022 to celebrate the Queen' s Platinum Jubilee, with a four-day weekend planned for June.
The Platinum Jubilee will mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, which will make her the longest-reigning British monarch to date.
How many bank holidays will there be in 2022?
Including January, there will be a total of nine bank holidays next year for England and Wales.
These bank holidays will take place on these dates:
Friday, April 15 – Good Friday
Monday, April 18 – Easter Monday
Monday, May 2 – Early May bank holiday
Thursday, June 2 – Spring bank holiday
Friday, June 3 – Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
Monday, August 29 – Summer bank holiday
Monday, December 26 – Boxing Day
Tuesday, December 27 – Christmas Day (substitute day)
When else has there been a special bank holiday?
Special bank holidays are often granted for big events, like the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
On April 29, 2011, the UK celebrated with an extra bank holiday to honour the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The country celebrated with street parties and gatherings in public parks as they watched the occasion on TV.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding in 1981 was also marked with a national holiday but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in 2018 did not include a national holiday due to being held on a Saturday.