When do the clocks change and why do we change them?

Spring forward, fall back!

On Sunday, 29th October 2017, all of the clocks in the country will be going back by one hour.

That’s because we’re moving from BST, or British Summer Time, to GMT, or Greenwich Mean Time.

You won’t feel it and nothing special really happens, other than the fact that we get one extra hour in bed!

The clocks will be going backwards at 2am. It’s all so the mornings are a little lighter but this will make the evenings darker.

We won’t see lighter nights again until March 25th 2018, when the clocks will wind forward again at 1am and British Summer Time begins.

An Edwardian builder called William Willett introduced the idea of British Summer Time in 1907.

He noticed that during the summer people were still asleep when the sun had risen and wanted to stop us wasting valuable daylight hours!

Although he never saw his ideas implemented, we now follow his rules! The Summer Time Act of 1916 was quickly passed by Parliament and the first day of British Summer Time, 21 May 1916, was widely reported.

The Home Office, whose job is all about keeping the public safe, put out special posters telling people how to reset their clocks.

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