Is today, May 8th, 2023, a public holiday? | UK News

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May is usually good for holidays, but are we getting an extra one today? (Image: Getty)

It was a weekend of celebrations in the UK – with the coronation of King Charles followed by the epic concert at Windsor Castle.

The coronation turned out to be the memorable spectacle everyone had hoped for, a celebration that was truly 70 years in progress as many people watched the first monarch of their lives be crowned.

But with all the excitement still in the air, can we keep the good times going? Is this Monday a public holiday and is it usually one?

Is May 8th a public holiday?

Yes! This Monday (May 8th) is actually a public holiday.

It’s an official bank holiday nationwide, with England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all having a day off to celebrate the coronation of King Charles.

Man relaxing in the grass

It’s getting warmer outside, so make the most of that extra May day! (Image: Getty)

Is today usually a holiday?

No, it’s a nice little extra freebie courtesy of the king who makes it a hat-trick of free Mondays this May.

Since the coronation itself took place this Saturday (May 6), this Monday was awarded to the nation.

In May we usually only have two public holidays – the beginning of May public holiday on the first Monday in May each year and the spring public holiday as the last one.

That will be next year May 6th And May 27, 2024.

Luckily we don’t have to wait too long for the next one this year. The spring holiday 2023 is coming up May 29th.

Coronation of King Charles III. At latest

The historic coronation of Her Majesties King Charles III. and Queen Camilla took place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday May 6 – with celebrations continuing into Bank Holiday Monday.

For the latest royal updates, visit’s dedicated Coronations page.

When are the rest of the holidays this year?

  • spring holiday – Monday, May 29th
  • Battle of the Boyne (Northern Ireland only) – Wednesday July 12th
  • Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland only) – Monday, August 7th
  • Summer Bank Holidays (England and Wales only) – Monday, 08/28
  • St Andrew’s Day (Scotland only) – Thursday, November 30th
  • Christmas Day – Monday, 25.12
  • Second day of Christmas – Tuesday, 12/26

Unfortunately there is no Coronation Day next year, so make the most of today! The king is asking those willing to participate in the Big Help Out to give his reign a positive start and to encourage the nation to help one another with charity and good deeds.

So why not do something nice and then treat yourself to a lazy afternoon on the sofa with Netflix?

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