When are the Extended Weekends?

  • April 15-18 is the Easter break – Friday to Monday.
  • April 30 – May 2 is the May Bank holiday – Saturday to Monday
  • June 2 – 5 is the Queen’s 70-year Jubilee – Thursday to Sunday
  • August 27-29 is the August Bank Holiday – Saturday to Monday

What can this mean for you?

The Easter break can mean that the normal Friday/Saturday night influx will be extended by 2 nights, giving you a maximum of 4 capacity evenings, starting on Thursday through to Sunday night. (We’ve assumed that not so many people will eat out on Monday night because of having to work the next day.)

The May Bank Holiday Monday extends dining out by one extra night giving 3 capacity evenings over that weekend.

The celebrations to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign, provide a further 4 capacity evenings in June, starting on Wednesday through to Sunday night.

The August bank Holiday provides for 3 maximum capacity evenings.

This is obviously good news for the catering sector BUT any commercial kitchens that are looking to make improvements or repairs before these weekends need to act quickly because the industry is battling with: –

  • Stainless Steel shortages because the global pandemic reduced production, leading to back-logs of orders. Consequently, lead times for supplies are longer until those backlogs are fulfilled. So, if you are looking to replace older fabricated units then you need to place orders sooner than you would normally.
  • Microchips shortages — the corona virus forced factory closures which in turn has created a shortage in production, effecting the production of controllers.
  • Longer delivery times because logistics companies have lost staff and not been able to replace them.
  • Energy cost increases – the current situation in Ukraine will exacerbate the situation of rising energy prices.
  • Staff Shortages – within all businesses means that response and delivery times are constantly under pressure.

What is the solution?

Everything is achievable but it may take a little longer.

If you have been planning a new extraction system for this spring it is advisable to get your orders in as quickly as possible so that your scheduling isn’t disrupted.

Similarly, with any fabrications you may need, lead times may start to get a little longer until the world gets back to some sort of normality

In short, get your orders in a little earlier.


As far as CK Direct is concerned it’s business as usual but we do ask for your consideration regarding the current difficulties.

We will maintain, and develop your commercial kitchens, now and into the future.

So, if you have a project planned give us a ring on 01733 230378 – we’ll be glad to help.

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