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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Public Google Calendar for Bank and Public Holidays in England and Wales

I have now created a Google Calendar England and Wales bank and public holidays, and populated it up until the end of 2015 (that being the limit of information published at http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/Timeoffandholidays/DG_073741).

This is intended as a fat-free, strictly holidays-only calendar, no "funny little extra days". The reason for this is that it is easy to overlay another calendar, but impossible to exclude parts of calendars. So if someone wants a calendar that includes Valentine's day, Pancake day etc, please feel free to make one.

This calendar only includes holidays which apply in England and Wales. It does not include holidays which only apply to Scotland or Northern Ireland, though it does say when holidays in those regions coincide with with holidays in England and Wales. I do not intend to make a Scotland calendar or Northern Ireland calendar; if you want one, please feel free to create and maintain it yourself.

Google doesn't seem to offer any kind of sane public calendar searching any more (and is suspiciously silent on the reason why), so here are the links for it:

Calendar ID: nhlu96v728ekb5cp8tprfhrnbg@group.calendar.google.com

Embed: <iframe src="https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=nhlu96v728ekb5cp8tprfhrnbg%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=Europe/London" style="border: 0" width="800" height="600" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>

XML: https://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/nhlu96v728ekb5cp8tprfhrnbg%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic

ICAL: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/nhlu96v728ekb5cp8tprfhrnbg%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

HTML: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=nhlu96v728ekb5cp8tprfhrnbg%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=Europe/London

If you like it, please tell your friends.

Any bugs or suggestions, please let me know bill+googlecalendars@blunn.org .

14 comments:

  1. hooray, thanks so much, exactly what I was looking for.

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  2. Thanks - I thought this coming Monday was a Bank Holiday due to using the UK holidays :(

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  3. Hello,

    I've been using this calendar for ages, and today I've noticed it's not pulling through anymore. I've gone to the HTML link and it says I don't have permission to view the events. Are you discontinuing the calendar? I hope not as it has been very useful.

    Thanks,
    Samantha

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    1. Hello Samantha,

      Thank-you for letting me know.

      Public sharing for this calendar seemed to have dropped off without explanation. Neither the HTML, iCal or XML links were working.

      I have re-enabled public sharing and all three links now seems to be working again.

      Regards,

      Bill

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  4. Great! Please could you update as info becomes available? Pretty please.

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  5. Thanks for this - calendar holiday confusion now all sorted.

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