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Looking Forward – 2021’s Bank Holidays

Looking Forward – 2021’s Bank Holidays
21 December 2020

2022 brings an extra Bank Holiday for the UK, but what national holidays can we look forward to in 2021 and how can we strategically maximise our annual leave?

As Her Majesty The Queen marks seventy years on the throne next year, the nation is being gifted an extra Bank Holiday. The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June will mean a four-day weekend.

This is the first time any British monarch has reached this historic milestone of Platinum Jubilee.

Despite how tough 2020 has been, there’s no such extra Bank Holiday in 2021. However, there is a simple annual leave booking hack which means you can enjoy 48 full days off from work using just 19 days of leave.


When are the UK’s 2021 Public Holidays?


  • Friday 1 January 2021 - New Year’s Day
  • Friday 2 April 2021 - Good Friday
  • Friday 5 April 2021 - Easter Monday
  • Monday 3 May 2021 - Early May Bank Holiday
  • Monday 31 May 2021 - Spring Bank Holiday
  • Monday 30 August 2021 - Summer Bank Holiday
  • Monday 27 December 2021- Christmas Substitute Holiday
  • Tuesday 28 December 2021 - Boxing Day Substitute Holiday


How to Strategically Maximise Your Holiday Allowance in 2021 in Five Steps


Here is your five-step guide to making the most of 2021's public holidays, giving you something positive to look forward to:


  1. Book off 4-8 January 2021, which will allow you a ten-day holiday in total (note that Scotland already has 4 January as a public holiday)
  2. Take leave from 6-9 April for another ten-day run of leave during the Easter break
  3. 4-7 May or 24-28 May will allow yet another ten-day holiday
  4. Boost the summer holidays by booking 31 August - 3 September (a nine-day break)
  5. Christmas Day 2021 falls on a weekend, so by booking leave from 25 December, you will not be back in the office until 3 Jan 2022

Picture: a photograph of a beach shot from above, showing sunbeds and parasol umbrellas


Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 21 December 2020


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