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UK Bank Holidays for 2020: Get up to 64 days off by using these tips!

Do you want to maximise your annual leave? UK workers have on average around five full weeks of leave, meaning there's plenty of time for holidays, but there are a few ways to stretch it even further. We've done the maths for you, and in 2020 you just need to get the following days off and then you'll be able to kick back, relax and enjoy up to 64 days off work! So get your calendars out, and let's get started.

The best way to ensure you can maximise your annual leave is to book time off as early as possible. If you're not quite ready to commit to a trip far in advance, you should keep your eyes peeled for last minute bargains

What are the UK Bank Holidays in 2020?

Below is a list of all the bank and public holidays in the United Kingdom for 2020.

Bank HolidayDateWeekday
New Year’s DayJanuary 1st, 2020Wednesday
New Year’s HolidayJanuary 2nd, 2020 (Scotland only)


St Patrick’s DayMarch 17th, 2020  (Northern Ireland only)Tuesday
Good FridayApril 10th, 2020Friday
Easter MondayApril 13th, 2020 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland only)Monday
Early May bank holidayMay 8th, 2020Friday
Spring bank holidayMay 25th, 2020Monday
Battle of the Boyne (substitute day)July 13th, 2020 (Northern Ireland only)Monday
Summer bank holidayAugust 3rd, 2020 (Scotland only)Monday
Summer bank holidayAugust 31st, 2020 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland only)Monday
St Andrew’s DayNovember 30th, 2020  (Scotland only)Monday
Christmas DayDecember 25th, 2020Friday
Boxing Day (substitute day)December 28th, 2020Monday

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How can you get the most holidays in 2020?

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New Year's (January): Take 2 days off for 5 days of holiday

If you can carry over 1 day of holiday from 2019, you can start 2020 with 5 glorious days off. Take off January 2nd and 3rd, and only head back to work on Monday the 6th of January. Depending on your plans for New Year's, that time might be needed for some proper recovery.

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Easter (April): Take 8 days off to get 16 days of holiday

Good Friday and Easter Monday fall on the 10th and 13th April of 2020 so if you take the 6th-9th April and 14th-17th April as annual leaveyou'll be out of the office from 4th-19th April, thanks to the added days from the weekends.

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May: Swap 8 days of leave for 18 days of holiday

There are two bank holidays in May, and unfortunately, they're too far apart to use the two together. However, you can split the difference and take two separate holidays. If you take off between 4th-7th May, you'll have free time from the 2nd-10th May. For the second bank holiday, you can book off 26th-29th May as annual leave to get 23rd-31st May as a holiday.

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September: Take these 4 days off and get 9 days out of the office

The August Bank Holiday falls right at the end of the month on the 31st of August. If you take 1st-4th September as annual leave, you'll get 29th August - 6th September off to book a trip. You can enjoy the rest of the summer sun before it disappears for the year or to go on a city break.

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December: Take 7 days of leave and turn it into 16 days of holidays

The festive period is a time to really maximise your holidays in 2020. If you book the days off on both sides of Christmas, the 21st-24th December and 29th of December thru 1st January as a holiday, you'll get from the 19th of December to Sunday 3rd January off.

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