Although the New Years Day Bank Holiday has passed there’s still seven more to go! Here’s a rundown of when they are, how to make the most of them and some ideas of what to do.
By planning your holidays in a certain way you can expand four days of holidays all the way to ten days off. But first, let’s see where the bank holidays land.
UK Bank Holiday Dates
- New Year’s Day Fri, 1 Jan 2021
- Good Friday Fri, 2 Apr 2021
- Easter Monday Mon, 5 Apr 2021
- Early May Bank Holiday Mon, 3 May 2021
- Spring Bank Holiday Mon, 31 May 2021
- Christmas Day Mon, 27 Dec 2021
- Boxing Day Tue, 28 Dec 2021
How to Make the Most of the Days
By using 19 days of strategically requested holidays you can combine them with the bank holidays for a cool 48 days off this year.
This of course will vary depending on work schedules but assuming you would normally work on these dates, here is how to do it.
The idea is to create blocks of time surrounding the bank holiday, just as some did at the beginning of this January.
For the Easter Bank Holiday make sure you’re the first to request April 6th to the 9th off, with the 2nd and 5th already a bank holiday that’s 10 days off!
In May you can also turn four days into nine by requesting May 4th to the 7th off.
With summer coming to the end you will be able to make the most by requesting August 31st till September 3rd off, meaning you’ll be off from August 28th till September 6th.
Finally, you can get your ten-day holiday over Christmas. By having December 29th to the 31st off you will reap a break from Christmas Day all the way to January 3rd.
What to do during the Bank Holidays
Of course, you should never travel during any restrictive periods this year. However, if restrictions are lifted during the breaks there are great UK travel ideas.
As long as it’s fine to travel why not explore some of the iconic and important places in the UK? Scotland, Wales, and England have incredible places to visit by car. We’ll leave some detailed articles of our suggestions in each.
With longer breaks and warmer weather, it can be an amazing and enlightening trip to visit these countries and not only explore their culture but the awesome landscapes surrounding them.
If possible plan road trips that allow for safe and domestic travel. It’s a great opportunity to see what lies at your own front door. Whether it’s your first time seeing Dublin or Edinburgh, a city break could be perfect over Easter.
The Lake District is filled with incredible hiking trails and camping spots as well as being dotted with ideal villages. A trip to the region is made all the better when it’s over the summer bank holidays in August.
For Christmas why not see some of the beautiful cities and towns of the UK? Bath, Bristol, and Manchester all have their own unique charm and put in a lot of effort for their stunning Christmas displays.