Bank Holidays | Celebrating the traditional British day off
Bank and public holidays are essential breathing spaces within the working year and welcome breaks from the treadmill of routine. Non-religious days off were introduced in 1871, and were later widened to include Easter and Christmas.
This collection looks back at how people have spent these days off, and reveals how some features remain constant (traffic and ice cream) while others have fallen out of favour (May Queens and Easter bonnets). However, one thing remains consistent throughout - the determination to have a good time.
A BBC news crew spend the day with holidaymakers around London.
A rainy Easter weekend appears not to have dampened the spirits of the nation.
Fun, frolics and some wacky ways to spend the August bank holiday.
The last bank holiday of the year is greeted with gusto.
From deckchairs to funfairs, a round up of bank holiday activities across the country.
Adventurous travellers venture out on an exotic, passport-free day trip to France.
The great Easter getaway begins and traffic problems commence.
Holidaymakers defy the credit squeeze.
How the day went on a warm May bank holiday by the sea.
Pack your tank top, we're off to Whitley Bay!
The annual 'Sham Battle' celebrations take place in Northern Ireland.
Remembering the magic and excitement of the Hampton Court fairground.
A colourful children's procession takes place at the carnival.
Shamrocks and Mass feature on this regional bank holiday.
Nick Ross presents a jam-busters' guide to beating the holiday traffic.
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