This year, the additional day (May 8) to celebrate King Charles’ coronation on May 6 took 2023’s total to nine.
The bank holidays can be on different days or dates every year, particularly when a holiday such as Christmas falls on a weekend, for example.
Therefore, it's important to know when you can expect a day off work so you can plan ahead and book your 2023 holidays.
If planned correctly, workers can take advantage of bank holidays to enjoy long holidays while booking only a few days’ annual leave.
From the summer bank holiday to the new year, these are the important dates you need to put in your diary for the rest of the year.
When is the next bank holiday?
There is a bit of a wait for the next bank holiday in England and Wales, as it doesn’t come until Monday, December 25.
Those in Scotland don’t have quite as long to wait, as they get one for St Andrew’s Day on Thursday, November 30.
Since there won't be another bank holiday for months, Brits may start to get withdrawal symptoms from extended lie-ins and outdoor barbecues after the recent spate of holidays. Make the most out of your weekends and ensure you’ve booked holidays for when you need them.
Which bank holidays are changing this year?
New Year’s Day 2023 fell on a Sunday, therefore the New Year’s Day bank holiday was on Monday, January 2, 2023.
Good Friday fell late in 2022, on April 15, but in 2023 it returned to the first week of April, on April 7.
The UK also got an extra bank holiday for King Charles III’s coronation on May 8.
Full list of bank holidays in 2023
Monday, January 2 – New Year’s Day (substitute day)
Friday, March 17 – St Patrick’s Day (Northern Ireland)
Friday, April 7 – Good Friday
Monday, April 10 – Easter Monday
Monday, May 1 – Early May bank holiday
Monday, May 8 – King Charles III’s coronation
Monday, May 29 – Spring bank holiday
Monday, August 28 – Summer bank holiday
Thursday, November 30 – St Andrew’s Day (Scotland)
Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 26 – Boxing Day
Why do we have bank holidays?
Bank holidays originated in the UK in 1871, when banks and financial institutions would take days off.
As time went on, businesses, schools, and the government joined in, and now bank holidays are celebrated by everyone.
While key workers and people who work in retail, hospitality, and the media may have to work bank holidays, they are often offered an extra day off in lieu.