The 11-day weekend

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The 11-day weekend
Date Friday, 22 April and 2 May 2011
Frequency once

The 11-day weekend was the name given by the British media to the period of time between Friday, 22 April and 2 May 2011.[1][2]

As a moveable feast, the bank holidays for Easter (Good Friday and Easter Monday) can occur any day between 20 March and 26 April.[3] Since the early May Day bank holiday was introduced in 1978[4] it has occasionally fallen on the Monday immediately after Easter Monday. As this was due to happen in 2011 many forward-thinking workers were able to book four days of holiday that in reality meant 11 days off work.

On 23 November 2010, Buckingham Palace announced that the date of the Wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton was to be 29 April; and that it would be a Bank Holiday, thus reducing the need for holiday entitlement to three days.[5]

Curiously, there has been an 11-day weekend in the United Kingdom before: in Scotland between 25 December 1999 and 4 January 2000, a period which contained five bank holidays.[6] This event happened at a time of year when it is now accepted that many days' productivity will be lost, whereas the 2011 “weekend” was during the Spring and at a time of global recession.[7] These economic “lost 11 days” echo an actual loss of 11 days that happened in 1752.[8]

It was felt by many[who?] that this "11-day weekend", along with the unseasonably hot weather during the period, had detracted attention from and prevented serious debate about the AV referendum and contributed to its defeat.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Daily Mail
  2. ^ Evening Standard
  3. ^ BBC h2g2
  4. ^ Time and Date
  5. ^ Those workers fortunate enough to be able to earn flexi time (i.e., working an extra hour a day for a period of time and thus earn an extra day’s holiday) even managed to reduce it to two.
  6. ^ Proceedings of The Scottish parliament
  7. ^ Daily Telegraph
  8. ^ Project Britain