Useful resources - Public holidays


Public holidays, also known as bank holidays, are days when most businesses are closed; however there is an increasing number of larger businesses that do open on some public holidays. There's around eight public holidays each year, so it always pays to plan ahead and keep this in mind before making a journey. Although many attractions, shops and businesses in Essex stay open throughout the public holidays, please be sure to check opening times before visiting on the following days as some may be closed or only open for reduced hours.


Public Holidays 2018 2019
New Year's Day Monday 1st January Tuesday 1st January
Good Friday Friday 30th March Friday 19th April
Easter Monday Monday 2nd April Monday 22nd April
Early May Bank Holiday Monday 7th May Monday 6th May
Spring Bank Holiday Monday 28th May Monday 27th May
Summer Bank Holiday Monday 27th August Monday 26th August
Christmas Day Tuesday 25th December Wednesday 25th December
Boxing Day Wednesday 26th December Thursday 26th December

*substitute day as Bank Holiday falls on a weekend


Holiday fun in Essex

Want something to do or not sure how to keep the kids occupied during the holidays? Search through our Essex Events Calendar for some inspirational ideas.




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