If you’re lucky enough to get both weekends and bank holidays off work, here’s how to make the most of them in 2019.
Thanks to the way 2019’s bank holidays fall, you may be able to secure yourself 18 days of holiday in a row while only using up nine days of annual leave. All you have to do is get your boss on board.
How it works
Easter Sunday falls quite late in April 2019 (21 Apr) meaning that all of the usual bank holidays surrounding that date will happen close to the early May bank holiday on 6 May. This is the case in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
If you are allowed the time off, you’ll finish work on Friday 19 April (Good Friday) and return to work on Tuesday 7 May feeling very refreshed.
However, if you live and work in Scotland, Easter Monday (22 April) is not a bank holiday, so you will have to use up one more day of annual leave to secure the full 18 day spell.
Here’s how nine (or 10) days of annual leave can stretch into an uninterrupted 18 day break off work:
Fri 19 Apr - Bank holiday
Sat 20 Apr - Weekend
Sun 21 Apr - Weekend
Mon 22 Apr - Bank holiday (or annual leave if in Scotland)
Tue 23 Apr - Annual leave
Wed 24 Apr - Annual leave
Thu 25 Apr - Annual leave
Fri 26 Apr - Annual leave
Sat 27 Apr - Weekend
Sun 28 Apr - Weekend
Mon 29 Apr - Annual leave
Tue 30 Apr - Annual leave
Wed 1 Apr - Annual leave
Thu 2 Apr - Annual leave
Fri 3 Apr - Annual leave
Sat 4 Apr - Weekend
Sun 4 Apr - Weekend
Mon 6 Apr - Bank holiday
Bank holidays in 2019
Tue 1 Jan: New Year’s Day
Wed 2 Jan: 2 January (Scotland only)
Mon 18 Mar: St Patrick’s Day (Northern Ireland only)
Fri 19 April: Good Friday
Mon 22 April: Easter Monday (except Scotland)
Mon 6 May: Early May bank holiday
Mon 27 May: Spring bank holiday
Fri 12 Jul: Battle of the Boyne (Northern Ireland only)
Mon 5 Aug: Summer bank holiday (Scotland only)
Mon 26 Aug: Summer bank holiday
Mon 2 Dec: St Andrew’s Day (Scotland only)
Wed 25 Dec: Christmas Day
Thu 26 Dec: Boxing Day