THIS August bank holiday could be the perfect time to get some extra shopping done, but if you're planning a trip to your local Argos, make sure you know the opening times.
Here's what you'll need to know if you're going to avoid disappointment.
When is Argos open over the bank holiday?
Most Argos stores open between 7am and 9am and close between 8pm and midnight.
Stores will largely remain open over the bank holiday but with hours reduced to around 9am- 6pm on Monday.
It is advisable to check your local store opening times before you set off.
You can also use their delivery and collection service, which delivers to other stores and pick-up points, such as your local Sainsbury's.
How can I find the opening hours for my local Argos store?
Closing times can vary from store to store, so it's always important to check your local branch.
You can do this using the store finder on their website.
It’s important to do this before heading out shopping on the bank holiday to avoid disappointment.
Bank or public holidays do not have to be given to employees as paid leave, an employer can decide whether to include bank holidays as part of a worker’s statutory leave.
Bank holidays may also impact how benefits are paid, the gov.uk website explains how they may be affected.
When is the next bank holiday?
The August bank holiday is the last Monday in August, and is one of eight workers get in England and Wales.
After August 26, the next will be Christmas Day, followed by Boxing Day, and then New Year's Day.
Many European countries have more public holidays than the UK.
Recent years have seen calls for extra holidays to be introduced recognising patron saints days in all constituent countries of the UK, as St Patrick's Day is recognised in Northern Ireland.
Why do we have bank holidays?
Bank holidays were first introduced by Liberal MP John Lubbock, who said he hoped to relieve some pressure from work by securing them four additional days off.
Lubbock tabled the Bank Holidays Act of 1871, and for some time afterwards the welcomed days off were known as St Lubbock's Days.
Under the act, no person was compelled to make any payment or to do any act on a bank holiday which he or she would not be compelled to do or make on Christmas Day or Good Friday.
The August bank holiday was introduced in 1965 to allow people to make the most of the summer period.
Each year's date was originally announced by Parliament on an ad-hoc basis, to the despair of the calendar and diary publishing trade.