Summer Bank Holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Busy bank holiday on Broadstairs beach by William
Busy bank holiday on Broadstairs beach by William

 

Summer Bank Holiday

 

The Bank Holidays Act of 1871 introduced four days as bank holidays in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and five days in Scotland. The Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 is now the statutory basis for bank holidays following the repeal of the 1871 Act. The bank holiday that fell on the first Monday in August was replaced by a bank holiday on the last Monday in August in England, Wales and Morthern Ireland, but retained as the first Monday in August in Scotland.

 

This weekend is the Summer Bank Holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which marks the end of the summer holidays before the return to school.

It is a chance to soak up the last rays of sunshine and lie in the garden or park. Or is it?

Bank holiday weather by Penny Mayes
Bank holiday weather by Penny Mayes

Met Office forecasters are predicting a mix of weather over the Bank Holiday weekend.

 “Around 50 mm of rain are expected locally across parts of England and Wales on Saturday, with winds potentially reaching 50 mph around southern coasts,” said Met Office Chief Forecaster Eddy Carroll. However,  he added “the weather is likely to improve for many during the latter part of the holiday weekend.”

That’s good news for the 3.6 million Brits VisitEngland expect to take an overnight break in the UK this weekend. VisitEngland’s Bank Holiday Trip Tracker found that 5.9 million people plan to take a day trip in the UK over the Bank Holiday weekend, with another 14.3 million still undecided. The most popular planned types of trip are a day out to the seaside or the countryside. One in five plan to visit a stand-alone attraction, such as a theme park or stately home.

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And if you want to stay at home and have a few friends over, why not throw an end of summer murder mystery party? A great range of games are available from ITM Games. Just visit their website http://www.itmgames.co.uk

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