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Long weekends for 2020: get the most out of them!

Frank Mittag

They say we're all just working for the weekend. Unfortunately, it's hard to get that much out of just two days. You need time to rest and get your life organised before heading back to work on Monday.

Since we can't get as many holidays as we might like, it makes sense to take full advantage of our long weekends. 

If you just take a little time to plan ahead, you'll be enjoying fantastic trips for long weekends next year that will make you the envy of the office. Read on to learn more about holidays in the UK for 2020.

Life is short, long weekends are not

Sure, you could stay at home watching footy or whatever tickles your fancy. But let's be honest. When you're older and looking back on your life, how many of your long weekends were truly memorable?

It's never too late to start living your best life. Let's look at when UK bank holidays and long weekends fall in 2020 and the best places to visit.

Mark your calendars

Be careful not to wait too long to plan a bank holiday weekend. If you forget until the week before, it may be too late to plan anything too ambitious, and this can cause chaos at the office. Fortunately, kiwiHR is ideal for scheduling around UK bank holidays and long weekends. Here are some suggestions to help you plan your holidays and long weekends for the whole 2020 year:


New Year's Day Wednesday, January 1st

  • Thursday, January 2nd & Friday, January 3rd

Good Friday Friday, April 10th

  • Monday April 6th - Thursday April 9th

Early May bank holiday (VE day) Friday, May 8th

  • Monday, May 4th - Thursday, May 7th

Spring bank holiday Monday, May 25th

  • Tuesday, May 26th - Friday, May 29th

Christmas day Friday December 25th

  • Monday, December 21st - Thursday, December 24th

Boxing day Monday December 28th

  • Tuesday, December 29th - Thursday, December 31st


2nd January Thursday, January 2nd

  • Friday, January 3rd

August bank holiday Monday, August 3rd

  • Tuesday, August 4th - Friday, August 7th

St. Andrew's day Monday, November 30th

  • Tuesday, December 1st - Friday, December 4th

Northern Ireland

St. Patrick's day Tuesday, March 17th

  • Monday, March 16th

Battle of the Boyne Monday, July 13th

  • Tuesday, July 14th - Friday, July 17th

England, Wales, Northern Ireland

Easter Monday Monday, April 13th. 

  • Tuesday, April 14th - Friday, April 17th

August bank holiday Monday, August 31st

  • Tuesday, September 1st - Friday, September 4th

Quarter #1 of the year

New Year's Day of 2020 will actually fall on Wednesday, so that's not ideal if you're looking for a long weekend. Fortunately, we will enjoy a whopping 4-day weekend, thanks to Good Friday and Easter Monday. They fall on the 10th and the 13th of April, respectively.

These are both popular holidays in the UK for travel, so be sure to book ahead of time.

The month of May

In May, there are two UK bank holidays that create long weekends. Early May bank holiday, or VE day, falls on Friday, May 8th, while Spring bank holiday falls on Monday, May 25th.

Summer done right

Who says you can't enjoy a summer vacation in the UK? OK, maybe you won't get the hot sunny days or the exotic locales like Costa Rica, but there are several summer UK holidays that will give us a few long weekends.

North Ireland celebrates The Twelfth to commemorate the Battle of the Boyne on Friday, July 12th. Monday, August 3rd is when Scotland celebrates Spring bank holiday. The UK otherwise celebrates it on Monday, August 31st.

This is a popular bank holiday weekend that allows many people a chance to explore one of the lovely coastal regions the UK has to offer.

Closing out the year

Unfortunately, Christmas and Boxing Day fall in the middle of the week this year. The Scottish will celebrate St. Andrew's day on Monday, November 30, but that's about it for long weekends.

Make the most of your long weekends

Now you have several options for long weekends this coming year. You really should take a chance to talk to some of your close family and friends to see when you can coordinate a trip — you certainly have enough time and take full advantage of long weekends if you start planning soon!

If you are an HR manager, you need to know about kiwiHR. It's an essential software for scheduling around long weekends and many other workplace dilemmas.

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