Bank Holidays 2023: Here are the key dates for the upcoming year

As 2023 is fast approaching, the bank holidays for it have been confirmed. Days off include coming Monday, January 2 as substitution for Sunday’s New Year's Day.

Bank holidays for 2023 are revealed
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Bank holidays for 2023 are revealed

If you’re already planning getaways for the next year, take note of the bank holidays that have just been confirmed for 2023. Keep in mind that coming Monday, January 2 is a day off and that we will get an extra day in May for King Charles III’s coronation.

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As many people start planning their vacations and weekend breaks for the next year, it’s good to know when we will be off next 12 months.

New Year’s Day falls this year on a Sunday, which means that Monday, January 2 is Bank Holiday. Unlike Christmas, there’s only one bank holiday as New Year’s Eve is a normal working day.

Overall in 2023, there will be an additional Bank Holiday on May 8 for the coronation of King Charles III which is going to ‘showcase the very best of the United Kingdom’. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said last week that Buckingham Palacewas taking the lead on what is a ‘significant planning event’.

They said:

We are expecting a huge number of foreign heads of state, and international dignitaries and of course, there will be a huge amount of involvement from the public as well. The ‘massive’ planning operation will involve work ‘across all government departments’.

The scale of the event could be even larger than the Queen’s funeral in September, partly because overseas leaders will have more time to plan their travel. The Government has already launched a consultation on extending pub opening hours throughout the coronation weekend.

That could mean pubs in England and Wales being allowed to stay open until 1am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales 2023

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If you live in England or Wales, these are the days to mark in your 2023 calendar.

January 2023

Monday, 2 January is a substitution day for New Year’s Day.

April 2023

Friday, 7 April is Good Friday, while Monday, 10 April is Easter Monday.

May 2023

Monday, 1 May is Early May bank holiday.

Monday, 8 May is Bank holiday for the coronation of King Charles III

Monday, 29 May is Spring bank holiday.

August 2023

Monday, 28 August is Summer bank holiday.

December 2023

Monday, 25 December is Christmas Day, while Tuesday 26 December is Boxing Day.

Sources used:

- Nottinghamshire Live: 'New Year's Day Bank Holiday moved as dates confirmed for 2023, 2024 and 2025'

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