Bank holidays

The UK 2023 bank holidays are: 

  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday 
  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday 
  • Monday 1 May - Early May bank holiday 
  • Monday 8 May - Bank holiday for the coronation of King Charles III 
  • Monday 29 May - Spring bank holiday 
  • Monday 28 August - Summer bank holiday 
  • Monday 25 December - Christmas Day 
  • Tuesday 26 December - Boxing Day 

Council offices and emergency contacts

Most council services are closed on bank holidays, but some services are available for emergencies, such as housing repairs and Adult Social Care.

There is a freephone outside Hove Town Hall on Norton Road, available 24 hours a day, if you have no other way of contacting those services in an emergency.

In case of emergency

When offices are closed, please use the following phone numbers:

  • Adult Social Care: 01273 295 555
  • Child Protection: 01273 335 905
  • Environmental emergencies: 01273 292 229
  • Council tenant housing repairs (freephone): 0800 052 6140
  • Homelessness emergency: 01273 294 400 or 01273 295 555 out of hours and ask to speak with the duty Homeless Persons Officer

Customer service centres

Brighton Customer Service Centre (Bartholomew Square) and Hove Customer Service Centre (Norton Road) are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm (except bank holidays). You can drop in to use self-help computers, scanners and telephones to contact council services.

If you need additional support to access council services, the customer service advisors will be able to signpost you to get the help that you need. 

Recycling and rubbish


Collection days remain the same on bank holidays, apart from over Christmas and New Year.

Check your recycling and refuse collection days and download your 2023 recycling calendar if you have fortnightly collections.

Recycling sites

The Brighton recycling site opens from 9am to 5pm on bank holidays and the Hove site is closed on bank holidays.  

Check the recycling site opening times.

Report an issue

Our online forms are the fastest and easiest way to report an issue with recycling and refuse.

Rough sleeping and homelessness

Our how to help people living on the street page lets you:

  • tell us if you're concerned about someone living on the street
  • find out how you can help by volunteering or making a donation


The city’s libraries close on bank holidays. 

On the days we're closed, no items will be due back and any item can be returned via library book drops, where available.  

Our online services will be available and you can use our 24-hour renewal line 0303 123 0035.  

Find out more about Libraries Extra.


Parking restrictions stay the same over bank holidays unless the sign says 'except Bank Holidays'.

You can use our online services to:


Transport and travel information

You can get amended bank holiday timetables and live travel updates from the following websites:

For more travel help and information go to the Travel, transport and road safety pages.

Health and care

If you already receive support from health, social care or mental health services they are still operating, with a limited service.

Many NHS health services and pharmacies remain available over the bank holiday. Visit the NHS Sussex website for more information.  

Please remember that emergency departments (A&E) are just that, for emergencies such as life-threatening injuries or illnesses.

If you need medical help, advice or reassurance, call NHS 111 or visit

If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 999.

Leisure centres

For details of the city's leisure centre opening times over Christmas and new year, visit Freedom Leisure's website.