Here are the dates for bank holidays in 2018

Posted on Tuesday, 2 March 2018

Happy new year! 2018 is now upon us and many of us have logged back in to face the world of work this week for another year. Naturally, we’re all keen to find something to look forward to as January blues circulate. So, we decided to bring you a list of all of the bank holidays coming up in 2018.

After all, who doesn’t love a bank holiday?

When are the bank holidays in 2018?

  • New Year’s Day – Monday, January 1
  • Good Friday- Friday, March 30
  • Easter Monday – Monday, April 2
  • Early May bank holiday – Monday, May 7
  • Spring bank holiday – Monday, May 28
  • Summer bank holiday – Monday, August 27
  • Christmas Day – Tuesday, December 25
  • Boxing Day – Wednesday, December 26

What are bank holidays and why do we have them?

Bank holidays are a kind of public holiday we celebrate here in English, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, as well as Hong Kong and some Commonwealth countries.

Established back in 1871 by Liberal politician and banker Sir John Lubbock, they were so popular at first that they were initially dubbed St Lubbock’s days! Before this, workers were treated to around 33 public holidays, mostly based around religious festivals.

Scotland’s first official bank holidays were New Year’s Day, Good Friday, the first Monday in May, the first Monday in August and Christmas Day.

Meanwhile, the rest of the UK had Easter Monday, Whit Monday, the first Monday in August and Boxing Day. Why did Scotland get different bank holidays from England, Wales and Northern Ireland? Well, anyone who has celebrated Hogmanay on Scottish soil will know it’s a very big deal here 🙂

Nowadays, we use the term bank holiday for Christmas Day and Good Friday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, too, although they were already public holidays under common law.

The bad news is, we don’t appear to be getting an extra bank holiday this year for the Royal Wedding. Despite millions hoping the forthcoming nuptials between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would earn us an additional day off.

So, with this in mind, it’s definitely time to start planning your next holiday!

No matter where you go, make sure you car is in safe hands by parking it at one of the Glasgow Airport car parks you can find right here on

And from everyone here at Airport Park and Ride, we wish you all the best for a healthy and happy 2018!