Thank Holiday, anyone?

The ‘Thank Holiday’ campaign has launched – and there are plenty of reasons to be thankful.

What is it?

We’re calling for the Government to create a new annual Bank Holiday from 2023.

Why are we doing it?

Ahead of the Queen’s Jubilee, it’s time to recognise Her Majesty’s extraordinary service. And the work of the millions of people that have gone out of their way to help, in these testing times.

Who’s involved?

The campaign is supported by an extraordinary number of charities, businesses and individuals. They include the Royal Voluntary Service, Social Enterprise UK, Scouts, the Confederation of British Industry, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Hospitality UK, the Trade Union Congress and many more.

Join in on the conversation using the hashtag #ThankHoliday

Get involved and show your support!

Take a moment to read the open letter to the Prime Minister and join Deborah Meadon and a host of other businesses, business leaders and networks supporting the call for an additional Bank Holiday, which we are calling ‘Thank Holiday’. Let’s get together to create a dedicated day of thankfulness – an opportunity for everyone to get together, share food, drinks, dress up (or down!), get the party games out and maybe even share gifts with those we want to thank.

This is your chance to influence something that will be part of the UK calendar for generations to come, join us in the call for ‘Thank Holiday’ and in making saying ‘Thank You’ part of our DNA! Register your support by emailing or to get more information and answers to any questions you may have.

Open letter to the Prime Minister

Everyone is excited about the prospect of Thank Holiday as you can see from the media headlines! Can you afford not to be part of the call?


“Our Queen is a shining light – someone who serves our communities, day in and day out. She represents the very best of our national character.

“The Queen deserves our thanks for her incredible lifetime of service, and so do millions more across the country for their own daily acts of sacrifice, love and support.

“That’s why this year, to mark the Queen’s 70th Jubilee, we are asking for a new bank holiday – a Thank Holiday.

“It’s going to be a special day each year to celebrate all of those people who make our communities better places to live. It’s a chance for us all to get together and reconnect.

“It would be a fitting legacy to the Queen’s extraordinary life and generosity. So join me, and let’s ask for a special day each year in honour of the givers, the heroes, the ones who deserve it most.”

Bear Grylls OBE,

Chief Scout

“The proposal for a new Thank Holiday to recognise the Queen’s selfless service and to extend that notion of service across communities is a really exciting one. Business is keen to support and we at the CBI will work with the campaign’s supporters and employers to make it a real success.”

Tony Danker,

Director General of the CBI

“We need this day more than ever. To remind us what connects us, to create an excuse to engage our neighbours in something more than small talk and to express our thanks to a lifetime of service in her Majesty the Queen. It is, as they say, for Queen and Country.”

Gyles Brandreth,

Royal Biographer