With a few bank holidays coming up, I stumbled upon this feature in Microsoft Outlook, to add all UK holidays for the current year as calendar appointments. Fairly painless and compatible with all the modern versions of Outlook (2007 onwards).
- Left click on Tools(Outlook 2007) or File (Outlook 2010 on). Click Options and then Calendar Options.
- In Calendar options look for Add Holidays.
- Select UK (or appropriate country) and click OK
Shortly after you will see a quick import of appointments and they should appear in your calendar next time you look. If they do not appear, close Outlook and restart it.
Hope you find this as useful as I did.