31 Glorious Things About The British Bank Holiday

Three. Whole. Days.

1. For the British worker, the latter part of the year is a remorseless trudge, with not a single public holiday from the end of August until Christmas.

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2. It often feels like it’s all work, no play, and there’s not much to look forward to.

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3. But the first half of the year is different, because it’s full of sweet, sweet bank holiday weekends.

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4. There are so many, in fact, you can sometimes lose track of when the next one is due.

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5. Then one of your workmates reminds you there’s one coming up, and a wave of exhilaration hits you.

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6. So Friday afternoon arrives, and you race to get your work finished on time.

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7. People send you emails, but since the entire country is winding down for a holiday, there’s no point replying.

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8. But if you did reply, the gist of your email would be this.

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9. Then 6pm arrives, and the entire nation as one exalts in its freedom.

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10. Three-day weekend! So exciting, it’s hard to know what to do with yourself.

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11. The pubs start to overflow, as people spill out on to the pavement.

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12. What’ll you have? Pint?

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13. G and T?

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14. Vodka and Red Bull?

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15. It doesn’t matter. Because it’s the start of a bank holiday, so all booze is consequence-free. The most delicious kind.

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16. Sure, you’ll feel rough in the morning.

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17. But it’s OK, cos you can just go back to sleep! All day if you like. Nothing important happens on a bank holiday Saturday.

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18. Ah, the blissful sleep of a bank holiday Saturday, with so much leisure time stretching before you.

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19. So what will you do? You could go clubbing all weekend, if that’s your thing.

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(Reach for the lasers).

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20. You could have a barbecue.

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Admittedly that’s always better in theory than in practice, but still.

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21. Or go for a delightful picnic.

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22. Or head for the seaside. There’s definitely no chance you’ll regret that.

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23. Or go see your friends.

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24. Or play video games in the garden.

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25. Or just ride round and round on the tube, marveling in the fact that it’s completely empty and silent.

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26. Basically you can do as you please. Because this is a British bank holiday, and you are free. FREE!

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27. But the best thing about bank holiday weekends? No Sunday dread!

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28. And, OK, inevitably the whole beautiful thing will be over before you know it.

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29. It’ll be Tuesday morning, and you’ll feel three days went too quickly.

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30. But there’s no need to be depressed, because you know what?

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31. It’s only a four day week!

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Luke Lewis is the executive editor of BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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