When do the clocks go forward in 2018?

PUBLISHED: 09:12 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:20 20 March 2018

Find out when in March you have to change your clocks. Picture: ANYABERKUT/ISTOCK/GETTYIMAGES

Find out when in March you have to change your clocks. Picture: ANYABERKUT/ISTOCK/GETTYIMAGES


The clocks will go forward an hour this month to mark the start of the British Summer Time.

When the clocks go forward we will lose an hour of sleep but in return receive lighter, longer and hopefully warmer days.

In 2018 the clocks will go forward on March 25 at 1am.

Most of your devices like your phone, laptop, and television will update themselves and show the correct time.

However, others such as your car, oven and microwave will need to be adjusted manually.

Why do we change the clocks?

An American politician and inventor called Benjamin Franklin first came up with the idea to change the clocks in 1784.

He suggested that if people got up earlier, when it was lighter, then it would save candles.

However, it didn’t arrive in the UK until 1907 when a builder called William Willet thought it was a good idea too.

William Willet, great-great-grandfather of Coldplay singer Chris Martin, published a leaflet called The Waste of Daylight to try and encourage people to get out of bed earlier.

It was then discussed in government in 1908 but many people didn’t like the idea so it wasn’t made a law.

Mr Willet didn’t give up, he spent his life trying to convince people that it was a good idea.

It was finally introduced in the UK in 1916, a year after Mr Willet had died.


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