When do the clocks go forward?
Date the clocks change in March 2023 and why the UK has British Summer Time
The clocks always go forward at 1.00am on the final Sunday of March – this means in 2023 they will change on Sunday 26 March
You wouldn’t know it from the weather, but after the vernal equinox spring has technically now arrived in the UK.
As mornings get lighter and the days longer, the next milestone comes when the clocks change, something which happens twice every year but still manages to catch some people out.
These days, your smartphone updates the time automatically, but when the clocks go forward this weekend you’ll still have to adjust any analogue timepieces you have – here’s everything you need to know.
When do the clocks go forward?
The clocks always go forward at 1.00am on the final Sunday of March – this means in 2023 they will change on Sunday 26 March.
Switching to BST means we will get more daylight in the evening, but sadly your Sunday morning lie-in will be cut short by an hour on the day itself.
The change always happens on a weekend, in the middle of the night, to ensure that there is limited disruption of schools and businesses.
In autumn the clocks go back again on the final Sunday of October at 2.00am, meaning they will change on 29 October 2023.
This signals the end of BST, or Daylight Saving Time (DST), and means the UK reverts to GMT until the spring, the standard time zone against which all others in the world are referenced.
That change gives us an extra precious hour of daylight in the dark autumn and winter months, with the added bonus of an extra hour in bed on the Sunday morning when the clocks change.
Why do the clocks change?
Initially, the clocks were changed to save energy and get people outside. Why waste electricity when there is perfectly good daylight to be used?
The campaign for British Summer Time came about at the beginning of the 20th century. Moving the clocks forward in the summer months would give us darker mornings but lighter, longer evenings.
The idea was proposed in Britain by builder William Willett, says Dr Richard Dunn, senior curator for the History of Science at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Willett was “incensed at the ‘waste’ of useful daylight during the summer. Though the sun had been up for hours as he rode his horse through Chislehurst and Petts Wood, people were still asleep in bed”.
British Summer Time was adopted in Britain in 1916 to save fuel and money.
Since then, Britain toyed with moving the clocks a number of times, including bringing them forward two hours ahead of GMT during the Second World War. They were also brought forward for periods in the spring of 1947, in line with fuel shortages.
There was an experiment, between 1968 and 1971, which kept clocks one hour ahead of GMT all year round.
Britain then reverted to our now familiar system of GMT in the winter and summer time in between March and October.
Could British Summer Time be scrapped?
Some have campaigned for British time to be brought in line with other European countries to reduce accidents, which would make it two hours ahead of GMT in the summer and one hour ahead in the winter.
Errol Taylor, the chief executive of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said in 2019: “Clock changes were first introduced in 1916 to reflect the needs of a nation at war. However, our priority now should be the prevention of road accidents that cause serious injury and death."
“We know that the clock change kills people. During the working week, casualty rates peak at 8am and 10am and 3pm and 7pm, with the afternoon peak being higher. Road casualty rates increase with the arrival of darker evenings and worsening weather conditions."
“And it is vulnerable road users – such as children on their way home from school and cyclists – who would experience the most benefit. Anything we can do to bring these rates down has to be worth it."
“While we respect the views of those that want to keep the current system, we must not lose sight of the fact that lives are at stake.”
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Why not celebrate the arrival of BST and enjoy this Saturday Supper Dish 😋
Sausage and Bean Casserole
more details here
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All the best Jan
...we did it last week.
Sausage and bean cassarole would be perfect this rainy weekend here in Vermont.
That looks yummy!
We set our clocks back already! The US is thinking about stopping the practice, but cannot decided which time zone to choose! It could be a while... :-)
Our clocks have been changed already.
The casserole looks yummy.
Have a happy weekend!
We had sausage and beans last night.
Thanks for the reminder. Our clocks must be almost due to go back again - it is quite dark here for hours after I get up in the morning.
We call it daylight saving time, but I dislike it.
Love this warm and hearty recipe!
We went through that a couple of weeks ago. Now I'm back to taking a morning walk in the dark.
Esta noche también se adelantará en España, es una hora pero no me gusta. Besos.
Gracias por la receta. en mi país. No se modifica el reloj ni con la llegada del invierno ni del veranos. Te mando un beso.
This is the tough one where you lose an hour
Did you just turn your clocks back - we did it a couple of weeks ago.
Our time changed a couple weeks ago, it was hard because I had to be at church early that day to greet. Don't know why they haven't changed it yet!
This setting the clock forward and back, got to go.
Coffee is on and stay safe
I would also like the food, delicious and I would be happy if I didn't have to switch!
Good day, Elke
We change clocks back on the 2nd April.
living in Queensland where AEDT doesn't exist is easy for us to cope. However we have to remember we have family in Victoria so they will be the same as us again soon. My hubby has heart failure and he has just been prescribed a diabetic drug because research has discovered that diabetic patients on the drug didn't get heart failure as much as those not taking the drug.
That casserole sure looks tasty!
As for the time, I already set our clocks ahead, but thanks for the reminder.
That sausage and bean casserole is perfect for a warming nutritious meal on a cold dark night. We're forecasts minus 1 tonight brrrrrr.
This change always leaves me tired for a week or so. The autumn change is no problem, but I feel this one!
I just wish it would stay at a constant time...
We remembered to change our clocks. I've often heard the argument for abandoning GMT but in Scotland that would mean it would stay dark until around 10am in the winter, which would be awful I think.
I enjoy dark cozy evenings in the winter time..Conversely, Longer days in the summer seem to work as well..Enjoy your week..
Great post about time change ~ wish they would just let Nature be ~ sigh
Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
The clock is off an hour ahead of this :)
That recipe looks good to me.
All the best and regards,
I don't like changing clocks it takes me days to adjust.
Like the sausage and bean casserole.
wow that was quite informative dear Jan ,much of this was unknown to me so big thanks for interesting knowledge :)
dish look awesome
Our clocks went forward a couple of weeks ago. It's one of my favorite days of the year!
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