In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the late summer bank holiday is on the last Monday of August. In Scotland and the Republic of Ireland it is on the first Monday of August.

This public holiday traditionally signals the end of the school summer break. Many people begin to return to work and prepare for the new school term year after this late August Bank Holiday. The school academic year commonly begins early September for England, Wales and NI.

UK August Bank Holiday Dates

The summer August Bank Holiday was introduced in the UK by the Bank Holidays Act 1871 and was first observed in the same year. Originally this was observed as the first Monday in August, for all of Great Britain, including at the time all of Ireland.

This late summer holiday was originally intended to give bank employees the opportunity to participate and attend cricket matches. How times have changed! Just over a century later, the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 moved this bank holiday to the last Monday in August for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The change of date to late August followed a trial period which lasted from 1965 to 1970 of the new date. The idea of the move being to give a wider spread of public holidays throughout the summer months.

The expected August bank holiday dates for England, Wales and Northern Ireland are listed below.

England, Wales and NI August Bank Holiday 2017 and 2018.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland 2017 2018 2019
Summer Bank Holiday 28 August 27 Aug 26 Aug

In Scotland and Ireland (Eire), the summer bank holiday still remains set as the first Monday in August. Though obviously Ireland (ROI) sets its own bank holidays completely independently of the UK.

Scotland and Ireland Summer Bank Holiday 2017 and 2018

Scotland and Ireland 2017 2018 2019
Summer Bank Holiday 7 August 6 Aug 5 Aug

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Whilst every effort is made to ensure that these half term school holiday dates are accurate, there are occasions when circumstances beyond our control may result in changes.

Businesses and schools are not necessarily closed on Scottish bank holidays and Scottish banks currently follow the English and Welsh bank holidays for business reasons.

The official public holidays for Ireland and NI are listed here;
Ireland Bank Holidays - ROI and NI

The official bank holidays for England, Wales and Scotland are listed here;
UK Bank Holiday Dates

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