When do the clocks go forward this weekend and when does British Summer Time 2017 begin?

Time for change - the clocks go back on October 29. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Time for change - the clocks go back on October 29. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The clocks go forward an hour tonight. The exact time British Summer Time begins is 1am on Sunday, March 26.

So you either put them forward an hour before you go to bed, or remember to do it in the morning.

On the downside, you'll be getting an hour less in bed tomorrow.

But an hour's more daylight means more time for leisure activities after work.

And while it isn't quite summer yet, the start of BST means it isn't far away.


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We've put our clocks forward by an hour almost every year since 1915. The Germans adopted it first and despite being at war with them we followed suit.

In 1998, British Summer Time was brought into line with an EU directive, which said summer or daylight saving time should be between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October.

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It remains to see whether Brexit might change this.

Campaigners have tried to extend british Summer Time to all year round. But a bill before Parliament in 2010 did not win enough votes, because if adopted it would have meant the sun would not have risen until 10am in the north of Scotland in the winter.

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