UK School Holiday Dates and the Academic Year

The school holiday dates in the UK are usually 2 weeks at Easter, 5 to 6 weeks in the Summer, 2 weeks at Christmas and a Half Term break in the middle of each term.

The school year starts in September and runs through to July. It is made up of three school terms.... Autumn Term which runs from the 1st week of September to 3rd week in December; Spring Term which runs from 1st or 2nd week of January to Easter and the Summer Term which normally begins two weeks after Easter until the end of July.

Private schools will normally have longer school holidays.

In addition to the UK School Holidays, teachers in state schools are required to undertake 5 inset days. Here at school holiday dates, we list the dates of each school holiday and half term together with a link to the school holiday dates page of each council and a link to each school website. Please search for your school to check their inset days.

Please remember to keep these dates in mind when you are planning your school holidays and booking children's activities.

School Holiday Dates lists Local Attractions throughout the UK, A What’s On Guide and A guide to Summer Camps and Courses

UK School Holidays and Half Term Breaks can be a challenging time for parents which is why here at School Holiday Dates, we have packed our website full of information to help you plan your Summer, Easter, Christmas and Half Term School Holidays. Memorable holidays come from finding plenty of fun activities to do with your kids that will entertain all ages. Whether you are visiting the UK with your children for the first time or simply looking for interesting days out with the kids, you will find loads of the best kids activities in the UK to keep the children entertained here at School Holiday Dates: whether its museums and historic buildings, swimming at lidos, waterparks or leisure centres, ski slopes, ceramic cafes, farms and zoos, theme parks and indoor play areas and local theatres.

Summer Schools and Holiday Clubs get booked up very early so in order to avoid disappointment take a look at our Guide to Summer Schools and Workshops in the UK. It is also worth checking our What's On Guide to local activities for children as many school holiday courses and activities are listed here. We have holiday clubs to suit all interests whether it be football, cricket, tennis, martial arts or creative hobbies such as sewing, cooking, arts and crafts, pottery.

We have school holiday dates listed in counties throughout England and Wales including:- Bedfordshire :: Berkshire :: Bristol :: Buckinghamshire :: Cambridgeshire : Cheshire :: Cornwall :: Cumbria :: Derbyshire :: Devon :: Dorset :: Durham :: Essex :::: Glamorgan :: Gloucestershire :::: Hampshire :: Herefordshire :: Hertfordshire :: Isle of Wight :: Kent :: Lancashire :: Leicestershire :: Lincolnshire :: London :: :: Merseyside :: Milton Keynes :: Norfolk :: Northamptonshire :: Northumberland :: Nottinghamshire :: Oxfordshire :: Pembrokeshire :: Powys :: Radnorshire :: Rutland :: Shropshire :: Somerset :: Staffordshire :: Suffolk :: Surrey :: Sussex, East :: Sussex, West :: Tyne and Wear :: Warwickshire :: West Midlands :: Wiltshire :: Worcestershire :: Yorkshire, East :: Yorkshire, North :: Yorkshire, South :: Yorkshire, West :: Anglesey :: Brecknockshire :: Carmarthenshire :: Ceredigion :: Denbighshire :: Flintshire :: Gwynedd :: Monmouthshire :: Morayshire

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