British Summer Time (BST)

BST started on 29 March 2020, at 01.00 GMT

BST is GMT+1, clocks went forward one hour

BST currently operates from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October.

Current daylight saving dates for Europe


  • Daylight Saving Time began: Sunday 29 March 2020  01:00 GMT. Clocks went forward one hour.
  • Daylight Saving Time ends: Sunday 25 October 2020  01:00 GMT. Clocks go back one hour.

UK and Europe Clock Change Rules

British Summer Time Rule

In the UK, the Daylight Saving (DST) period is is known as British Summer Time or BST for short, which has a fascinating history.

When BST starts, the UK moves its clocks forward from GMT by one hour, so BST= GMT+1.

The UK is the short name for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  Great Britain consists of England, Wales and Scotland.

Since 1996 all clocks in the European Union have changed on same dates and at the same time, 1:00 am GMT. UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and is in a transition period till the end of 2020. There have been no announcements so far about post-EU Daylight Saving Time (DST) rules.

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