It's the time of year many have been waiting for as the clocks go forward this weekend.

The clocks always go forward at 1am on Sunday, March 31.

This means we will be losing an hour of sleep as we move to British Summer Time but as a result, we will have longer, lighter evenings with darkness falling later each day.

The reason for the time is to cause limited disruption to schools and businesses. Unfortunately, it means your weekend will be cut short by one hour, but in return, we will see more daylight in the evening.

When do the clocks go back in 2024?

In autumn the clocks will go back again at 2am on the final Sunday of October, which this year falls on Sunday, October 27.

It means an extra hour in bed for your Sunday lie-in and will give you an extra hour of daylight as the dark nights roll in.

Why do we change the clocks?

The principal reason we change the clocks is to get the most out of the daylight.

The first clock change was introduced by the German government in 1916 during the First World War as a means of saving energy - the longer the daylight hours lasted, the less electricity was required.

Many European governments followed suit, including Britain and so BST was born, with the current system in place since 1971.

Do I have to change the time on my phone?

Most smartphones will automatically update in line with when the clocks go forward. For manual clocks or alarms, you may have to update the time yourself.