Spring Bank Holiday

Spring Bank Holiday is on the last Monday in May.

In the UK there is a few places that have special activities that happen on the Spring Bank Holiday for example on Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, a large round cheese is rolled down the hill and people race down following it. The first person to cross the line wins a Double Gloucester cheese that weighs 8lbs.

In 2002 in the UK however it was moved to 4th June which was to follow an extra bank holiday on 3rd June that was added to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Originally Spring Bank Holiday started as the monday after Pentecost, this is also known as Whitsun or Whit Monday. The reason it changed dates was with the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971. After a 5 years trial from 1965 to 1970 of moving the bank holiday to the last Monday in May this is where it has resided since.

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