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Make the most of your 2020 Bank Holidays: 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


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.

Christmas Holidays

This year Christmas and Boxing Day fall on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, making it easy to book a 5-day trip using just 1 day of annual leave, or a 9-day trip with just 3 days of annual leave. You can even stay longer, making it a New Year's Eve holiday as well. Since many people choose to spend Christmas holidays at home, go against the tide and try somewhere new this year. New York City is ideal for a family vacation—go ice skating at Rockefeller Center under its famous Christmas tree, see The Nutcracker on Broadway, and wander through the holiday markets with hot chocolate in hand. Looking to get away with your sweetie for the holidays? Book a romantic getaway somewhere warm and sunny to escape the winter cold, like the Canary Islands, where you are practically guaranteed clear skies and temperate days. If you’d rather stay in the U.K. while trying something new, try winter glamping. Bundle up for a hike, stop in at country pubs for a pint and a warm pie, and finish your evening cuddled up in your private glamping accommodation. Lastly, for a traditional Christmas getaway, be sure to check out some of Europe’s best Christmas markets—some of our favourites are even right here in the U.K.!

Beach Holidays

What’s summer without a trip to the beach? Use one of the late May or August bank holidays to book a long weekend soaking up the sun and splashing in the waves. A trip to Mallorca is a popular choice, with cheap flights from most major U.K. airports and gorgeous weather all summer long. Perhaps you want to go even further south—the Algarve in Portugal is beautiful any time of the year. Looking to combine a trip to the beach with a city break? Jet over to America for a long weekend in Miami or extend your trip for a week in sunny California, where you can explore Hollywood before living the luxe life in Palm Springs. If you don’t feel like hopping on a plane, the beaches of the U.K. are well worth a visit. Families will enjoy days spent on picturesque Brighton Beach and afternoons exploring the Brighton Palace Pier. Couples can spend a long weekend away in Kent or Cornwall, walking the beaches and enjoying ice cream with gorgeous coastal views. No matter where you plan your beach trip, the summer holidays are an excellent time to make the most of your time in the sun.

Summer passed you by without a beach getaway? Many coastal hotspots are still warm enough for a trip in September or a quick weekend trip October. A fall holiday means less crowds as you enjoy the last of the season's sun.  

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