Why do we have a Bank Holiday in August ?

Why do we have August bank holiday? When is it?

August bank holiday is a holiday observed on the last Monday in August in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.In Scotland, they had their Summer bank holiday on August 6, the first Monday this month.Bank holidays are generally on a Monday, and some shops and banks are closed.The bank holidays were first introduced by the Bank Holidays Act of 1871, which designated four holidays in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and five in Scotland.

The August bank holiday was introduced as a way of giving workers a last chance to enjoy summer. Launched by Liberal politician Sir John Lubbock in 1871, Britons have enjoyed the public holiday for almost 150 years.Until 1971 the holiday was set to the first Monday of August, but was changed as it clashed with the traditional summer two weeks factory shut down.

The three-day break gives Britons a chance to enjoy the last days of summer, and there are plenty of events lined up for the weekend.Among activities and events is the Notting Hill Carnival which takes place on 26-27 August.There are also plenty of festivals happening around our area in the East Midlands.

  • Robin Hood Festival in Nottingham.
  • The Nottinghamshire Vintage Club will be showcasing harvesting and ploughing at their annual working weekend.
  • Party In The Park on Sunday 26th August from 11am – 5pm at Kingsway Park in Kirkby in Ashfield.

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