UK bank holidays 2023: All dates from Easter to King's coronation and Christmas

The new year is officially in full swing, which means it’s time to starting booking your 2023 holidays.

Most workers in the UK are entitled to 28 days off annually, but this year employees can secure 48 days off by booking just 19 days of annual leave.

The UK Government has announced nine bank holidays this year, including an extra holiday to commemorate the coronation of King Charles III, who became monarch last year following the death of the Queen.

By carefully placing annual leave around weekends and bank holidays, employees who work Monday to Friday can stretch out their time off. 

Most workers in the UK are entitled to 28 days off annually, but this year employees can secure 48 days off by booking just 19 days of annual leave

Most workers in the UK are entitled to 28 days off annually, but this year employees can secure 48 days off by booking just 19 days of annual leave

By carefully placing annual leave around weekends and bank holidays, employees who work Monday to Friday can stretch out their time off

By carefully placing annual leave around weekends and bank holidays, employees who work Monday to Friday can stretch out their time off

Each year the UK has a bank holiday to observe New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter, Christmas and Boxing Day.

The Government also holds bank holidays in early May, spring and summer.

But this year, Britons have been awarded an extra day to celebrate the King’s coronation, meaning the country will see observe three bank holidays in May alone.

Banks and public offices will be closed on May 1, 8 and 29 in honour of Early May bank holiday, the coronation and Spring bank holiday. 

This comes just weeks after the country will experience a four-day weekend in April in observance of Good Friday and Easter Monday. 

Here MailOnline shows you how to maximise your time off in 2023: 

April

Bank holidays in England and Wales in 2023

January 2 – Monday – New Year’s Day (substitute day)

April 7 –  Friday – Good Friday

April 10 – Monday – Easter Monday

May 1 – Monday – Early May bank holiday 

May 8 – Monday –  King Charles’ Coronation

May 29 – Monday – Spring bank holiday

August 28 – Monday – Summer bank holiday

December 25 – Monday – Christmas

December 26 – Tuesday – Boxing Day

Booking four days in April could allow those who work Monday to Friday to get 10 days off work.

Good Friday falls on April 7, with Easter Monday on April 10, so booking four days off ahead of Easter weekend leads to a 10-day break.

This means you get Saturday, April 1 to Monday, April 10 off for just days annual leave. 

Book off: April 3 through April 6 to be off work from April 1 until April 10.

Early May

Booking four days off after May 1 – the May Day bank holiday – will give you 10 days off for the price of four thanks to the King’s Coronation weekend.

Charles’ coronation is marked by a bank holiday on May 8. 

This means you get Saturday, April 29 to Monday, May 8 for four days of annual leave.

Book off: May 2 to May 5 to get April 29 to May 8 off

May and June

Spring bank holiday falls on Monday, May 29.

Brits who plan their annual leave around the holiday could secure a nine-day break for just four days of leave. 

To make that work, you will need to book off May 30 through June 2.

This means you get Saturday, May 27 to Saturday, June 4 for four days annual leave.

Book off: May 30 to June 2 to get off May 27 to June 4 

August

Taking Tuesday to Friday off following the Monday August 28th bank holiday offers another opportunity for nine days off for just four.

This means you get Saturday, August 27 to Sunday, September 3 for four days annual leave.

Book off: August 29 to September 1 to get August 28 to September 3 off

December

Christmas Day falls on a Monday this year, so automatically it is a bank holiday.  

Boxing Day – Tuesday, December 26 – is also a bank holiday.

Because New Year’s Day 2024 also falls on a Monday, you will only need to book three days off to get a 10-day break. 

This means you get Saturday, December 23 to Monday, January 1 for just three days of annual leave.

Book off: December 27 to December 29 to get December 23 to January 1 off

School Holidays

Families may also want to consider school holidays when booking holiday.

School holidays can vary between districts and local councils, but MailOnline has compiled a list of main dates for UK school holidays in 2023.

Families should double check with their child’s specific school for the most accurate dates for holidays and half-term.  

England School Holidays 2023

Spring Holidays: February 13 – 17 

Easter Holidays: April 3 – 14

Summer Half Term Holidays: May 29 – June 2 

Summer Holidays: July 24 – August 31 

Autumn Holidays: October 23 – 27

Christmas Holidays: December 18 – January 12, 2024 

Scotland School Holidays 2023

Spring Holidays: February 13 – 17 

Easter Holidays: April 3 – 14

Summer Holidays: June 29 – August 15

Autumn Holidays: October 16 – 23

Christmas Holidays: December 25 – January 8, 2024 

Wales School Holidays 2023

Spring Holidays: February 20 – 24

Easter Holidays: April 3 – 14

Summer Half Term Holidays: May 29 – June 2 

Summer Holidays: July 25 – September 1

Autumn Holidays: October 30 – November 3

Christmas Holidays: December 25 – January 5, 2024 

Northern Ireland School Holidays 2023

Easter Holidays: April 6 – 14

Summer Holidays: July 3 – September 1 

Autumn Holidays: October 30 – November 3

Christmas Holidays: December 22 – January 3, 2024 

source: express.co.uk