Time zone, public holidays, British Summer Time, GMT,

Public holidays and time zones

Dates for your diary

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* 29 October – 30 March: Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
* 30 March – 26 October: UTC + 1

British summer time

British summer time starts on the last Sunday in March when clocks go forward 1 hour at 01:00, and ends on the last Sunday in October when they go back 1 hour at 01:00. The time for the rest of the year is Coordinated Universal Time.

  • 2014 – Starts: 00:01, 30 March. Ends: 00:01, 26 October
  • 2015 – Starts: 00:01, 29 March. Ends: 00:01, 25 October

Public holidays

2014

  • New Year's Day (All UK) - 1 January
  • Extra New Year's Bank holiday (Scotland only) - 2 January
  • St Patrick's Day (N. Ireland only) - 17 March
  • Good Friday (All UK) - 18 April
  • Easter Monday (England, Wales and N. Ireland) - 21 April
  • Early May Bank Holiday (All UK) - 5 May
  • Spring Bank Holiday (All UK) - 26 May
  • Battle of the Boyne (Northern Ireland only) - 12 July
  • Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland only) - 4 August
  • Summer Bank Holiday (England, Wales and N. Ireland) - 25 August
  • Christmas Day (All UK) - 25 December
  • Boxing Day (All UK) - 26 December

2015

  • New Year's Day (All UK) - 1 January
  • Extra New Year's Bank holiday (Scotland only) - 2 January
  • St Patrick's Day (N. Ireland only) - 17 March
  • Good Friday (All UK) - 3 April
  • Easter Monday (England, Wales and N. Ireland) - 6 April
  • Early May Bank Holiday (All UK) - 4 May
  • Spring Bank Holiday (All UK) - 25 May
  • Battle of the Boyne (Northern Ireland only) - 12 July
  • Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland only) - 3 August
  • Summer Bank Holiday (England, Wales and N. Ireland) - 31 August
  • Christmas Day (All UK) - 25 December
  • Boxing Day (All UK) - 26 December

School holidays

The main summer holiday is about 6 weeks from mid-July to early September. Children also have two weeks holiday at Christmas and at Easter, plus a week in mid-October and in mid-February. Exact dates vary between each education authority.


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