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UK bank holidays & calendar diary dates for 2022-2023

UK bank holiday dates for 2022-2023

‘Bank holidays’ are basically just days off when everyone comes to London with their kids. You can pretty much guarantee that it will rain on these days.

Most of the big shops and attractions will remain open but with shorter opening hours. The smaller shops and restaurants might decide to close. The exception is Christmas Day when practically everything is closed.

Bank holidays are always on a weekday. If the date falls on a weekend (like Christmas Day, for example), then the holiday rolls over to the following Monday.

UK bank holiday dates
2022 2023
New Year’s holiday3 Jan2 Jan
Good Friday15 Apr7 Apr
Easter Monday2 May10 Apr
May Bank holidayn/a1 May
Spring Bank holiday2 Jun29 May
Summer Bank holiday29 Aug28 Aug
Christmas holiday27 Dec25 Dec
Boxing Day holiday26 Dec26 Dec

UK school holiday dates

If you want to avoid all the kids then try and avoid visiting London during a school holiday. The queues tend to be longer and the prices will go up.

These dates should be taken as a rough guide only, as the dates vary greatly from school to school.

UK school holiday dates
Spring half-termlast week of Feb
Easter holidayone week either side of Easter
Summer half-termlast week of May
Summer holidaylate Jul to early Sep
Autumn half-termlast week of Oct
Christmas holidaymid-Dec to first week of Jan

Important diary dates for 2022-2023

Important calendar dates to mark in your diary:

UK calendar diary dates
2022 2023
New Year’s Day1 Jan1 Jan
Twelfth Night5 Jan5 Jan
Valentine’s Day14 Feb14 Feb
St. David’s Day1 Mar1 Mar
St. Patrick’s Day17 Mar17 Mar
Spring begins20 Mar20 Mar
Clocks forward27 Mar26 Mar
Mother’s Day27 Mar19 Mar
Easter Sunday17 Apr9 Apr
St. George’s Day23 Apr23 Apr
Father’s Day19 Jun18 Jun
Summer begins21 Jun21 Jun
Longest day21 Jun21 Jun
Autumn begins23 Sep23 Sep
Clocks go back30 Oct29 Oct
Halloween31 Oct31 Oct
Guy Fawkes Night5 Nov5 Nov
Remembrance Sunday13 Nov12 Nov
St. Andrew’s Day30 Nov30 Nov
Winter begins21 Dec22 Dec
Shortest day21 Dec22 Dec
Christmas Day25 Dec25 Dec
Boxing Day26 Dec26 Dec
New Year’s Eve31 Dec31 Dec

Calendar of annual events in London

Popular London events that take place every year:

Annual events in London
Shopping sales26th Dec to end of Jan
New Year’s Day parade1st Jan
Chinese New Yearusually late Jan or early Feb
St. Patrick’s Day parademid-Mar
University Boat Racelast week of Mar or 1st week of Apr
Cricket seasonearly Apr to end of Sep
London Marathonusually mid-Apr
Globe Theatre seasonusually late Apr to mid-Oct
State Opening of Parliamentusually early May
Royal Windsor Horse Show2nd week of May
FA Cup Finalusually mid-May
Chelsea Flower Show3rd or 4th week of May
The Derby1st week of Jun
Beating Retreat1st or 2nd week of Jun
Royal Ascotusually 2nd week of Jun
Trooping the Colour2nd or 3rd week of Jun
Pride (LGBT march)usually late Jun
Wimbledon Tennis Championshipslast week of Jun and 1st week of Jul
Hampton Court Flower Showearly Jul
Royal Albert Hall Promsmid-Jul to early Sep
Buckingham Palace Summer Openingend of Jul to end of Sep
Houses of Parliament Summer Openingend of Jul to end of Sep
Football seasonmid-Aug to end of May
Notting Hill Carnivalend of Aug (Bank Holiday weekend)
Last Night of the Promsearly Sep
Rugby Union seasonearly Sep to end of May
Great River Racemid-Sep
Guy Fawkes Night (firework displays)week leading up to 5th Nov
London-Brighton Veteran Car Runusually 1st Sun in Nov
Lord Mayor’s Showusually 2nd Sat in Nov
Remembrance Day parade2nd Sun in Nov
Christmas lights go upusually 2nd week of Nov
Christmas ice rinksmid-Nov to early Jan
Christmas marketsmid-Nov to end of Dec
Christmas pantomimeslast week of Nov to 1st week of Jan
Trafalgar Square Christmas tree1st week of Dec to Twelfth night
New Year’s Eve31st Dec

Religious observances

Religious feast days and special occasions:

Religious observances
2022 2023
Epiphany (Christian)6 Jan6 Jan
Chinese New Year1 Feb22 Jan
Maha Shivrati (Hindu)28 Feb18 Feb
Shrove Tuesday (Christian)1 Mar21 Feb
Ash Wednesday (Christian)2 Mar22 Feb
Holi (Hindu)18 Mar8 Mar
1st day of Ramadan (Islam)3 Apr23 Mar
Palm Sunday (Christian)10 Apr2 Apr
Maundy Thursday (Christian)14 Apr6 Apr
Good Friday (Christian)15 Apr7 Apr
1st day of Passover (Jewish)16 Apr6 Apr
Easter Sunday (Christian)17 Apr9 Apr
Eid-Al-Fitr (Islam)3 May29 Jun
Ascension Day (Christian)26 May18 May
Pentecost (Christian)5 Jun28 May
Trinity Sunday (Christian)12 Jun4 Jun
Corpus Christi (Christian)16 Jun8 Jun
Eid-Al-Adha (Islam)10 Jul29 Jun
Muharram (Islam)30 Jul19 Jul
Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)11 Aug30 Aug
Navaratri (Hindu)26 Sep15 Oct
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)26 Sep16 Sep
Yom Kippur (Jewish)5 Oct25 Sep
Sukkot (Jewish)10 Oct30 Sep
Diwali (Hindu)24 Oct13 Nov
All Saint’s Day (Christian)1 Nov1 Nov
1st Sunday of Advent (Christian)27 Nov3 Dec
Hanukkah (Jewish)19 Dec8 Dec
Christmas Day (Christian)25 Dec25 Dec