These are the dates of UK bank holidays for 2012 and 2013.

The next bank holiday in England and Wales is:

Summer bank holiday 27 August

2012 bank holidays in England and Wales
Date Day Holiday Name Notes
02 January Monday New Year’s Day Substitute day
06 April Friday Good Friday
09 April Monday Easter Monday
07 May Monday Early May bank holiday
04 June Monday Spring bank holiday Substitute day
05 June Tuesday Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Extra bank holiday
27 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Tuesday Christmas Day
26 December Wednesday Boxing Day
2013 bank holidays in England and Wales
Date Day Holiday Name Notes
01 January Tuesday New Year’s Day
29 March Friday Good Friday
01 April Monday Easter Monday
06 May Monday Early May bank holiday
27 May Monday Spring bank holiday
26 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Wednesday Christmas Day
26 December Thursday Boxing Day

The next bank holiday in Scotland is:

Summer bank holiday 6 August

2012 bank holidays in Scotland
Date Day Holiday Name Notes
02 January Monday 2nd January
03 January Tuesday New Year’s Day Substitute day
06 April Friday Good Friday
07 May Monday Early May bank holiday
04 June Monday Spring bank holiday Substitute day
05 June Tuesday Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Extra bank holiday
06 August Monday Summer bank holiday
30 November Friday St Andrew’s Day
25 December Tuesday Christmas Day
26 December Wednesday Boxing Day
2013 bank holidays in Scotland
Date Day Holiday Name Notes
01 January Tuesday New Year’s Day
02 January Wednesday 2nd January
29 March Friday Good Friday
06 May Monday Early May bank holiday
27 May Monday Spring bank holiday
05 August Monday Summer bank holiday
02 December Monday St Andrew’s Day Substitute day
25 December Wednesday Christmas Day
26 December Thursday Boxing Day

The next bank holiday in Northern Ireland is:

Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day) 12 July

2012 bank holidays in Northern Ireland
Date Day Holiday Name Notes
02 January Monday New Year’s Day Substitute day
19 March Monday St Patrick’s Day Substitute day
06 April Friday Good Friday
09 April Monday Easter Monday
07 May Monday Early May bank holiday
04 June Monday Spring bank holiday
05 June Tuesday Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Extra bank holiday
12 July Thursday Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day)
27 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Tuesday Christmas Day
26 December Wednesday Boxing Day
2013 bank holidays in Northern Ireland
Date Day Holiday Name Notes
01 January Tuesday New Year’s Day
18 March Monday St Patrick’s Day Substitute day
29 March Friday Good Friday
01 April Monday Easter Monday
06 May Monday Early May bank holiday
27 May Monday Spring bank holiday
12 July Friday Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day)
26 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Wednesday Christmas Day
26 December Thursday Boxing Day

If a bank holiday is on a weekend, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday.

Your employer doesn’t have to give you paid leave on bank or public holidays.