Bank holiday, of course, means it is time to light the barbecue! (Picture: Getty)
Summer is right around the corner as the sun comes out to play – just in time, usually, for the arrival of a bank holiday weekend.
With the past two years worth of bank holidays being compromised by the pandemic, this year families and friends will finally have the chance to get together over the well-earned break.
Normally Spring Bank Holiday falls on the last Monday of May – but this year things are a little different.
So is Monday May 30 a bank holiday this year? Here’s what you need to know…
Is Monday May 30 a bank holiday?
The short answer is no, Monday May 30 is not a bank holiday.
In any other year this would have been the date that the country downed tools for its well-earned long weekend – but the normal Spring Bank Holiday has moved in 2022, to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
But while this means Monday is a normal working day, it’s not all bad news – as you’re getting two bank holidays later this week to mark Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne.
The Platinum Jubilee means you’re getting an extra bank holiday this year – but you’ll have to wait a little longer for it (Picture: PA)
The Spring Bank Holiday will now be on Thursday June 2 – and there’s an additional bank holiday as part of the Jubilee celebrations on Friday June 3.
So you can look forward to a nice four-day weekend instead – and there’s no shortage of events going on across the break to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
When are the remaining bank holidays in 2022?
These are the remaining dates for bank holidays in England and Wales in 2022:
Spring Bank Holiday – Thursday June 2Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday – Friday June 3Summer Bank Holiday – Monday, August 29Boxing Day – Monday, December 26Christmas Day (substitute day) – Tuesday, December 27
Keep reading to find out how to stretch your annual leave days with some crafty bank holiday planning (Picture: Getty)
These are the remaining bank holidays in Scotland:
Spring Bank Holiday – Thursday June 2Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday – Friday June 3Summer Bank Holiday – Monday, August 1St. Andrew’s Day – Wednesday November 30Boxing Day – Monday, December 26Christmas Day (substitute day) – Tuesday, December 27
Northern Ireland also has 10 bank holidays in 2021 and these are the remaining dates:
Spring Bank Holiday – Thursday June 2Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday – Friday June 3Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne – Tuesday July 12Summer Bank Holiday – Monday, August 29Boxing Day – Monday, December 26Christmas Day (substitute day) – Tuesday, December 27
Beaches are always popular during bank holidays (Picture: Getty)
When are the bank holidays in 2023?
Here’s when you can expect to get time off in 2023.
New Year’s Day (substitute day) – Monday, January 2Tuesday, January 3 (Scotland only)St Patrick’s Day (Northern Ireland only) – Friday March 17Good Friday – Friday, April 7Easter Monday – Monday, April 10Early May bank holiday – Monday, May 1Spring bank holiday – Monday May 29Battle of the Boyne (Northern Ireland only) – Wednesday July 12Summer bank holiday (Scotland only) – Monday August 7Summer bank holiday (England and Wales only) – Monday, August 28St Andrew’s Day – Thursday 30 November (Scotland only)Christmas Day – Monday December 25Boxing Day – Tuesday December 26
Do trains and buses run on bank holiday?
Buses and trains do run on bank holidays, unless there’s been a specific announcement for a particular service.
Some train lines tend to complete essential work over bank holidays meaning there could be disruptions but there is often plenty of notice given.
Buses will otherwise be running throughout the bank holiday, but services could change or be less frequent – so always check the times before setting off anywhere.
Buses are usually less frequent on a bank holiday (Picture: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg via Getty)
Most bus services run their Sunday service on bank holidays, meaning you can still catch a bus, but they might end earlier or have longer gaps in service.
If you’re one of the Brits needing to travel this bank holiday, most bus services have a timetable you can track online so you aren’t left waiting for a bus that isn’t going to come.
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