Summer Bank Holiday in Guernsey

Alderney is one of the inhabited Channel Islands and is the northernmost of them. It is a part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey and is approximately 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. For most of Guernsey, the Summer Bank Holiday is observed on the last Monday in August, but that is not the case in Alderney.

The Summer Bank Holiday in Alderney is celebrated on the first Monday in August. As is the case for bank holidays in most areas, this holiday is a public one in Alderney. It is a day off for the general population, and most businesses and schools are closed.

The History of Alderney

Alderney, as well as other islands in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, became an island during the Neolithic period as the Channel’s waters began to rise. Its early history is not very clear, however.

There is some evidence that the Romans occupied the islands, and the name of the islands may derive from a corruption of the Old Norse word “Alrene,” meaning “islands close to the coast.” Up until and during the Middle Ages, Alderney passed from the Normans to the French and eventually came under the control of the British.

Under the Government of Alderney Law of 1948, the States of Alderney and its justice system were organized, as well as the imposition of taxes in the area. It was believed that the islands could not be self-sufficient or provide services that matched the rest of the United Kingdom, so the States of Guernsey administer the area’s government services and functions.

Observing Summer Bank Holiday in Alderney

Because this is a Summer Bank Holiday, it is also a public holiday for the residents of Alderney, as well as a 3-day weekend. This gives the 2,000+ residents the chance to enjoy some time fishing or engaging in water sports.

Because it is a public holiday, banks are closed as well as some businesses. For the rest of Guernsey, the last Monday in August is the official bank holiday, but in Alderney, it is the first Monday in August.

Where is it celebrated?
Guernsey (Common local holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
August 5 Monday
Next year (2025)
August 4 Monday
Last year (2023)
August 7 Monday