EC Brighton School is Closed for Summer Bank Holiday

Welcome to the great British summer – with weather so patchy and unpredictable that we’ll pile into the nearest park at the first hint of sunshine.

And while that’s all very fun at the weekend or during annual leave from work, there’s something even more satisfying about lapping up some rays on a Bank Holiday.

Bank holidays – so-named because banks, government offices and most business are closed – are different to public holidays.

There are technically four bank holidays in England, Wales and Ireland: Easter Monday, Whit Monday, the first Monday in August Boxing Day in England and Wales and St Stephen’s Day in Ireland.

In Scotland, however, there are five: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, the first Monday in May, the first Monday in August and Christmas Day.

These were the days set out in the Bank Holidays Act of 1871, and as Christmas Day and Good Friday were considered days of rest they weren’t included in the act, so were deemed public holidays rather than bank holidays.