How many bank holidays are in May? How to get the most from your holiday allowance

How many bank holidays are in May? How to get the most from your holiday allowance

Did you enjoy a long Easter break, but are now looking forward to the August bank holiday?

As we approach summer, many of us will understandably be thinking about when to take annual leave.

As well as bank holidays, most Brits get 25 days of annual leave. If you use those 25 days cunningly and plot your holidays around any extra time off, it allows you to enjoy a longer break.

Here are the bank holiday dates for 2024 and our tips on when to book annual leave.

Bank holiday dates for 2024

2024 has eight bank holidays.

  • New Year’s Day – Monday, January 1, 2024

  • Good Friday – Friday, March 29, 2024

  • Easter Monday – Monday, April 1, 2024

  • Early May Bank Holiday – Monday, May 6, 2024

  • Spring Bank Holiday – Monday, May 27, 2024

  • Summer Bank Holiday – Monday, August 26, 2024

  • Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25, 2024

  • Boxing Day – Thursday, December 26, 2024

How to get most from your holiday allowance in 2024

Tuesday, May 7 – Friday, May 10 or Tuesday, May 28 – Friday, May 31

May is a great month to take advantage of as there are two bank holidays.

Simply book the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off after the bank holiday and this will give you a week off work by only using four of your holiday days.

Tuesday, August 27 – Friday, August 30

The same idea works with the summer bank holiday as well. You can enjoy a week off during the summer by booking the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday off after the bank holiday.

You could also use more of your allowance and book the week before to enjoy two weeks of uninterrupted break.

Monday, December 23, 24, 27, 30 and 31 and January 2 and 3, 2025

You can enjoy 16 days out of the office if you book these dates.

This will give you a full period off, as you leave the office on Friday, December 20 and return on January 6, 2025.