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 2017 2018
New Year's Day Monday 2nd January* Monday 1st January
Good Friday Friday 14th April Friday 30th March
Easter Monday Monday 17th April Monday 2nd April
Early May Bank Holiday Monday 1st May Monday 7th May
Spring Bank Holiday Monday 29th May Monday 28th May
Summer Bank Holiday Monday 28th August Monday 27th August
Christmas Day Monday 25th December Tuesday 25th December
Boxing Day Tuesday 26th December Wednesday 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. Check out these upcoming and recently added events!


Upcoming events

08/07/2017 - 08/10/2017
Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
08/07/2017 - 14/09/2017
The View
24/07/2017 - 03/09/2017
Poplar Nurseries
20/08/2017 - 23/08/2017
Royal Gunpowder Mills
10:30 - 16:00
Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
11:00 - 13:00
The Temple, Wanstead Park
15:00 - 17:00
The Temple, Wanstead Park
08:00 - 14:30
Burnham on Crouch High Street
Maldon Town Hall


Recently added events

11:00 - 17:00
Colchester High Street
Saffron Hall
11:00 - 16:00
Braxted Park







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