Bank holidays 2020: List of dates and days they fall on this year

We are finally coming out of lockdown and many people will be thinking about how to spend the bank holidays for the next 12 months.

By Kieran Davey
Friday, 21st August 2020, 6:55 pm
Updated Friday, 21st August 2020, 7:00 pm

As well as annual leave workers in England can take advantage of eight bank holidays throughout the year.

There are eight bank holidays for 2020, although the early May bank holiday date – usually the first Monday in May - was switched because of VE Day.

This means the next bank holiday will fall on Monday August 31, the last day of the month.

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Here is the full list of bank holidays this year and the dates they fall on:

Monday August 31 – August Bank Holiday

Friday December 25 – Christmas Day

Monday December 28 (substitute day) – Boxing Day

Here are the bank holiday dates for 2021:

Friday January 1 – New Year’s Day

Friday April 2 – Good Friday

Monday April 5 – Easter Monday

Monday May 3 – Early May Bank Holiday

Monday May 31 – Spring Bank Holiday

Monday August 30 – Summer Bank Holiday

Monday December 27 – Christmas Day Holiday

Tuesday December 28 – Boxing Day Holiday

If a bank holiday falls on a weekend, a ‘substitute’ weekday will become the next bank holiday – which is usually the following Monday. This will happen in 2020 for Boxing Day, and for Christmas in 2021.

Your employer does not have to give you paid leave on bank holidays – you will need to check with them about this.

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