Bank Holidays 2022: Key dates in UK with EXTRA day off to celebrate the Queen



In the blink of an eye, the end of year festivities have come to an end and many will now be staring down the barrel of a cold January and the dreaded return to work.

The luxury of the New Year bank holiday is of course a welcome bonus, but it won’t stop most looking ahead to when their next bit of government-sponsored holiday is.

The good news is that, including January 3, 2022 is set to give us nine days of bank holiday in England. The bad news is that they are rather spread out and we have a little while to wait until the next one.

When is the extra Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday in 2022?

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It’s a historic year in the UK because the Queen will be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee in 2022 – meaning the whole country gets a day off on June 3 to mark her 70 years as ruler.

Queen Elizabeth II is due to become the first British monarch to reach the milestone, having been crowned in 1952, taking over from Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years and seven months.

The Queen’s celebrations will be the “biggest event the UK has ever seen” according to organisers, featuring a four-day weekend with thousands of performers, street parties and plenty of pomp and pageantry.

And you could even use these bank holidays strategically to book a whopping 62 days off work using just 26 days of your annual leave.

What dates are England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland’s bank holidays in 2022?

There are some differences between the bank holidays for the different parts of the country. Read on to find out what they are.

England

The following are the dates for bank holidays in England in 2022:

New Year’s Day – Monday, January 3, 2022

Good Friday – Friday, April 15, 2022

Easter Monday – Monday, April 18, 2022

Early May Bank Holiday – Monday, May 2 2022

Spring Bank Holiday – Thursday, June 2, 2022

Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday – Friday, June 3, 2022

Summer Bank Holiday – Monday, August 29, 2022

Boxing Day – Monday, December 26, 2022

Christmas Day – observed Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022

Scotland

Scotland has the most bank holidays this year with a whopping 11 days off. People in Scotland also get to look forward to the bonus Platinum Jubilee day on June 3.

2nd January – Monday, January 3, 2022

New Year’s Day – Monday, January 3, 2022

Good Friday – Friday, April 15, 2022

Easter Monday – Monday, April 18, 2022

Early May Bank Holiday – Monday, May 2, 2022

Spring Bank Holiday – Thursday, June 2, 2022

Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday – Friday, June 3, 2022

Summer Bank Holiday – Monday, August 1, 2022

Summer Bank Holiday – Monday, August 29, 2022

St. Andrew’s Day – Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Boxing Day – Monday, December 26, 2022

Christmas Day – observed Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Wales

Wales will get the same number of days off as England with nine bank holidays, also benefitting from the Queen’s celebration of 70 years on the throne.

New Year’s Day – Monday, January 3, 2022

Good Friday – Friday, April 15, 2022

Easter Monday – Monday, April 18, 2022

Early May Bank Holiday – Monday, May 2, 2022

Spring Bank Holiday – Thursday, June 2, 2022

Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday – Friday, June 3, 2022

Summer Bank Holiday – Monday, August 29, 2022

Boxing Day – Monday, December 26, 2022

Christmas Day – observed Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Northern Ireland

New Year’s Day – Monday, January 3, 2022

St. Patrick’s Day – Thursday, March 17, 2022

Good Friday – Friday, April 15 2022

Easter Monday – Monday, April 18, 2022

Early May Bank Holiday – Monday, May 2, 2022

Spring Bank Holiday – Thursday, June 2, 2022

Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday – Friday, June 3, 2022

Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne – Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Summer Bank Holiday – Monday, August 29, 2022

Boxing Day – Monday, December 26, 2022

Christmas Day – observed Tuesday, December 27, 2022

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