The bank holiday is finally here and while it’s a great time to see family and friends, you may also need to pop to your local supermarket.
If you’re looking to get some supplies for a barbeque this weekend, it will be important to check the opening times before you head out.
Many supermarkets are also offering some great deals for food and drink this bank holiday weekend.
Here’s everything you need to know for the opening times of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Lidl.
Tesco opening hours will vary depending on the type of supermarket.
Express stores will be open normal hours, while Metro, Extras and superstores will be open 9am until 6pm in most parts of England and Wales.
Others may also be open until 8pm so check your local store opening times here.
Tesco is offering 6 days of bank holiday deals for their customers between 25-30 May, including discounted BBQs, toys and electronics.
All Sainsbury’s stores will open on Bank Holiday Monday but there is not a blanket policy for the opening hours.
Closing times will vary from store to store, but many will be open from 9am until 6pm.
Smaller stores, particularly in central London, will be open from 6am until 11pm or even midnight.
More information on individual store times here.
Normal opening hours of 08.00-22.00 for most stores will apply on bank holiday Monday.
For more information on individual store times see their store finder.
Lidl is offering special Super Weekend deals on select bottles of wine, as well as charcoal, sausages, burgers and snacks for those of you looking to host a BBQ.
Most Aldi stores across the UK will be have late opening hours on bank holiday Monday from 08.00-22.00.
Some stores may be open at different times depending on your location, so to double check the opening times for your local store click here.
What will the weather be like this bank holiday weekend?
While the UK weather is expected to stay warm over the weekend, the Met Office has also warned that we should be prepared for some thunderstorms.
The weekend heat is set to continue through to bank holiday Monday, so the occasional showers shouldn’t ruin your plans too much.
When are the Bank Holidays in May?
Why are these dates bank holidays?
May Day (May 1) is a Bank Holiday because it was originally a celebration of the first day of summer back in the Roman times in the northern hemisphere.
That’s why the summer solstice (the first day of spring on the astronomical calendar) is known as midsummer’s day.
It is typically celebrated with dances, singing and feasts. Morris Dancing and the crowning of the May Queen are also typical May Day celebrations.
The last Bank Holiday in May, meanwhile, is a public holiday – as it used to mark the Monday after Pentecost.
Pentecost, also known as Whitsun, is a Christian festival celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples after the death of Jesus Christ.
However, it can fall outside of May – for example, Whitsun 2017 falls on June 4, so the bank holiday was changed to be on the last Monday in May.
Will I definitely get the day off?
Bank or public holidays don’t have to be given to employees as paid leave.
It’s up to an employer to decide whether bank holidays are part of a worker’s statutory leave.
So before you start making plans for your long weekend, check whether you’ve actually got the time off first.
Where do bank holidays come from?
Liberal MP John Lubbock tabled the Bank Holidays Act of 1871, so that workers could have an extra four days off.
The public holidays were designed to ease pressure on those in the working world, and were initially Easter Monday, the first Monday in August, Whit Monday and Boxing Day.
As time went on, more bank holidays were added – and there are now eight in total, which includes Christmas Day, May Day and New Year’s Day.
Banks are closed on the day, hence the name – and the tradition was that if banks aren’t doing business, no-one else can.