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Is today a bank holiday and when are the 2021 bank holidays?

Bank holiday, of course, means it is time to light the barbecue! (Picture: Getty)Summer is right around the corner as the sun comes out to play – just in time for the arrival of a bank holiday weekend.
Now that friends and families can mix indoors, many will be hoping to make the most of the hot weather and enjoy the bank holiday weekend with loved ones.
Here is everything you need to know about the May bank holiday…
Is today a bank holiday?
Today, Monday, May 31, 2021 is a bank holiday.
It is known as the late spring bank holiday, and afalls around the traditional time of Whitsun.

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When are the remaining bank holidays in 2021?
There are eight bank holidays in England and Wales in 2021 and these are the remaining dates:
Spring Bank Holiday – Monday, May 31
Summer Bank Holiday – Monday, August 30
Christmas Day – Monday, December 27
Boxing Day – Tuesday, December 28

Keep reading to find out how to stretch your annual leave days with some crafty bank holiday planning (Picture: Getty)Scotland has 10 bank holidays in 2021 and these are the remaining dates:
Spring Bank Holiday – Monday, May 31
Summer Bank Holiday – Monday, August 2
St. Andrew’s Day – Tuesday, November 30
Christmas Day – Monday, December 27
Boxing Day – Tuesday, December 28
Northern Ireland also has 10 bank holidays in 2021 and these are the remaining dates:
Spring Bank Holiday – Monday, May 31
Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne – Monday, July 12
Summer Bank Holiday – Monday, August 30
Christmas Day – Monday, December 27
Boxing Day – Tuesday, December 28

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Beaches are always popular during bank holidays (Picture: Getty)When are the bank holidays in 2022?
We’re set to get an extra bank holiday next year in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
New Year’s Day (substitute day) – Monday, January 3
Tuesday, January 4 (Scotland only)
St Patrick’s Day (Northern Ireland only) – Thursday, March 17
Good Friday – Friday, April 15
Easter Monday – Monday, April 18
Early May bank holiday – Monday, May 2
Spring bank holiday – Thursday, June 2
Platinum Jubilee bank holiday – Friday, June 3
Battle of the Boyne (Northern Ireland only) – Tuesday, July 12
Summer bank holiday (Scotland only) – Monday, August 1
Summer bank holiday (England and Wales only) – Monday, August 29
Wednesday 30 November (Scotland only)
Boxing Day – Monday, December 26
Christmas Day (substitute day) – Tuesday, December 27
Do trains and buses run on bank holiday?
Buses and trains do run on bank holidays, unless there’s been a specific announcement for a particular service.
Some train lines tend to complete essential work over bank holidays meaning there could be disruptions but there is often plenty of notice given.
Buses will otherwise be running throughout the bank holiday, but less frequently than a normal Monday.

Buses will be less frequent on a bank holiday (Picture: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg via Getty)Most bus services run their Sunday service on bank holidays, meaning you can still catch a bus, but they might end earlier or have longer gaps in service.
If you’re one of the Brits needing to travel this bank holiday, most bus services have a timetable you can track online so you aren’t left waiting for a bus that isn’t going to come.
How to get more days off with your bank holidays
If you live in England and Wales, Metro.co.uk have worked out how to get nearly seven weeks off work with just 19 days of your annual leave.   
For example, if you wanted a longer stretch in summer, thanks to the summer bank holiday on August 30, booking annual leave from August 31 to September 3 will give you nine straight days off work for just four days out of your allowance.
We suggest you submit the rest of your annual leave requests before your colleagues happen upon this trick too…

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