Wondering what date Easter falls this year? Or when the 2012 bank holidays hit? Then take a look at our handy holiday calendar… Don’t forget to bookmark this page.
We’ve listed below the main UK holiday dates to help you get the most out of your year ahead. If you’re looking to save on annual leave, for example, you might want to book the rest of the week off after the Queen’s Jubilee. That way, you get 9 days off work for the price of 3. Plus, as well as bank and public holidays, we’ve included some other important dates – like the opening and closing ceremony of the Olympics. Image: Bikeworldtravel / Shutterstock.com
January 1st – New Year’s Day (actual)
January 2nd – New Year’s Day (substitute bank holiday)
January 25th – Burns’ Night
February 14th – Valentine’s Day
February 21st – Shrove Tuesday (AKA Pancake Day)
February 22nd – Ash Wednesday
March 1st – St David’s Day
March 17th – St Patrick’s Day
March 18th – Mother’s Day
March 25th – British summertime begins (clocks go forward)
April 1st – Palm Sunday/April Fool’s Day
April 5th – Maundy Thursday
April 6th – Good Friday (public holiday)
April 8th – Easter Sunday
April 9th – Easter Monday (bank holiday UK & Wales)
April 21st – Queen Elizabeth’s birthday
April 23rd – St George’s Day
May 7th – Early May Bank Holiday
June 4th – Spring Bank Holiday
June 5th – Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday
June 17th – Father’s Day
July 27th – London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony
August 6th – Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland)
August 12th – London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony
August 27th – Summer Bank Holiday (UK & Wales)
October 28th – British summertime ends (clocks go back)
October 31st – Halloween
November 1st – All Saints Day
November 5th – Bonfire Night
November 11th – Remembrance Day
November 30th – St Andrew’s Day (public holiday in Scotland)
December 25th – Christmas Day (public holiday)
December 26th – Boxing Day (bank holiday)
December 31st – New Year’s Eve/Hogmanay
Counting down to something special? Try one of these techy solutions…
This web-based countdown timer might not be your best bet if you’re counting down any substantial length of time, but it’s pretty nifty all the same. Just type http://e.ggtimer.com/ into the address bar followed by the length of time you want to count down (so http://e.ggtimer.com/20minutes). The timer starts from the second the page loads.
This is one for the tea drinker in your office. It’s really similar to the E.gg Timer – just type http://steep.it.com/ followed by the length of time you want your tea to stew for. There’s a table on the main site that shows how long to steep according to what type of tea is in your cup. Or you can let Steep.It do the maths for you – try http://steep.it.com/green.
Wedding Countdown Apps
Next time someone asks when your wedding is, you can tell them right down to the second. If you’ve got an iPhone of iPad, try this app by Sevenlogics – it’s free, and once you’ve passed the big day it’ll keep track of your anniversary if you want it to. There’s a version for Android, too – this one lets you post to Facebook, and you can count down in heartbeats or kisses if you’re romantically inclined.
When you book a holiday with Thomson, you get access to a personalised website with all the details of your trip plus handy info like weather, top sights, and that all-important countdown clock. It’s totally secure, and all you need are a few booking details.
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Author: Katie Gregory
Published: January 23, 2012
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