UK School Holidays Dates 2021-2022

    School Holiday Date FAQ’s

    When is School Half Term?

    The next half term holiday for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are for the upcoming Christmas break. The average start for these school Holiday are 20th December and end on or around the 3rd January 2022.

    How Long are UK School Summer Holidays?

    The UK School Summer Holidays are usually around 5-6 weeks long depending on when your child’s school holidays start. These dates vary depending on region. We suggest using the government search tool to search by postcode.

    When are UK School Holidays?

    There are around 5 breaks throughout the year for school children, which include Spring half term, Easter holidays, Summer holidays, Autumn half term and Christmas. Below we have listed the average dates for school holidays across all parts of the United Kingdom.

    When are the Easter Holidays 2022?

    The Easter holidays in 2022 are on or around 11th April until 22nd April and occur on weeks 15-16. This once again will vary depending on where you are located so using this tool can assist you in searching by postcode.

    Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, many of us have been unable to enjoy a holiday due to travel restrictions. So planning ahead for 2022 seems to be at the front of most plans with the hope that fewer travel restrictions will be in place. 

    Get ahead of the curve by finding out when the school holidays are for 2022.

    School term and holiday dates vary across the UK. These can have an impact on when you decide to go away, and how much everything (including airport parking) can cost.

    You can use this guide in conjunction with our Bank Holiday 2021 Dates Guide to really plan out the best time to go away for you and your family.

    And if you’re specifically trying to AVOID going away during the school holidays, you can take a look at the complete UK school holidays 2022 calendar at the bottom of the page. Thanks to our reader Dave for that suggestion!

    Please note that these are purely guidelines and differences can occur depending on your council. You should always check with your local council and school for the dates specific to you. A quick way to find out holiday dates from your local council is by entering your postcode into this government search tool.

    And don’t forget to book your airport parking well in advance of the school holidays if you want big savings. Sign up to our newsletter to receive an instant half-term discount code, which will bag you up to 30% off.

    England 2022 School Holidays

    Please note that these are purely guidelines and differences will occur depending on your local council. For example, some schools may break up for the summer holidays on an earlier or later date.
    HolidayStart DateEnd DateWeek
    Christmas Holiday20/12/213/01/2252-2
    Spring Half Term21/02/2225/02/228
    Easter Holiday11/04/2222/04/2215-16
    Summer Holiday25/07/2202/09/2230-35
    Autumn Half Term24/10/2228/10/2243
    Christmas Holiday19/12/2202/01/2351-1

    Northern Ireland 2022 School Holidays

    Please note that these are purely guidelines and differences will occur depending on your local council. For example, some schools may break up for the summer holidays on an earlier or later date.
    HolidayStart DateEnd DateWeek
    Christmas Holidays23/12/213/01/2252-2
    Spring Half Term21/02/2225/02/228
    Easter Holiday11/04/2222/04/2215-16
    Summer Holiday25/07/2202/09/2230-35
    Autumn Half Term24/10/2228/10/2243
    Christmas Holiday19/12/2202/01/2251-1

    Scotland 2022 School Holidays

    Please note that these are purely guidelines and differences will occur depending on your local council. For example, some schools may break up for the summer holidays on an earlier or later date.
    HolidayStart DateEnd DateWeek
    Christmas Holiday20/12/2105/01/2252-2
    Spring Half Term21/02/2225/02/228
    Easter Holiday11/04/2222/04/2215-16
    Summer Holiday25/07/2202/09/2230-35
    Autumn Half Term24/10/2228/110/2243
    Christmas Holiday19/12/2202/01/2251-1

    Wales 2022 School Holidays

    Please note that these are purely guidelines and differences will occur depending on your local council. For example, some schools may break up for the summer holidays on an earlier or later date.
    HolidayStart DateEnd DateWeek
    Christmas Holiday17/12/2104/01/2252-2
    Spring Half Term21/02/2225/02/228
    Easter Holiday1104/2222/04/2215-16
    Summer Holiday25/07/2202/09/2230-35
    Autumn Half Term24/10/2228/10/2243
    Christmas Holiday19/12/2202/01/2251-1

    UK School Holidays 2020 – 2021 Calendar

    When is the Best Time to Go Away in 2022?

    If you are looking to travel out of the school holiday period these lists of dates may also be helpful to you, as well as parents looking to get the family together. This comprehensive list can assist you in finding out which date is best for you to ensure all children are on their school holiday during your well-needed break. It can also help couples decide on when to travel to avoid the busy school holiday period.

    Winter sun holidays are very popular due to restrictions being lifted on most countries, apart from the government red list. This is regularly updated and the list is now very small, and most popular family destinations are now open to travellers.

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    28 COMMENTS

    1. can you do a table that shows the overal earliest dates and latest dates for the collective UK?

    2. Hi Louise, thank you for your feedback. I have updated the tables to show the next school holiday for each. I hope this helps in making it easier to find the dates you are looking for.

    3. Date children break up for summer holidays is 1 week earlier on your website than it should be, they do not break up on 15th July 2019 – they break up on 23rd, as they only have 6 weeks off & not 7 as your website makes out they do.

    4. Thank you for highlighting this. Small differences in start and end date per council are possible. As you mention in most regions, the start date is somewhere in week 30 (July 24 to 26 2019) and the last day of the school holiday is 30 August 2019. Not all end dates are known yet. Exception, e.g. Leicester: 15-7 to 27-8-2019.

      We have now updated the table to cover the majority of the school summer holidays.

    5. For those folk who are more interested in when the school holidays are *not*, so they can be safely avoided, a calendar format might be helpful.

    6. A brilliant suggestion Dave, you’ll be happy to know I’ve embedded a calendar on the page which will be kept up-to-date. Thanks a lot!

    7. This is an excellent idea whoever had it. It is brilliant to be able to easily see when the school holidays start and finish for the whole of the UK for those of us wishing to take breaks when children are all at the school! I o trawled through the separate councils last year as you mention different councils start holidays at different times. Thank you so much. 🙂

    8. thank you for let us know, this is very useful for us which is stay outside united kingdom

    9. Very useful. Just noted that the October half-term date in the table for England says 2020 when it’s 2019.

    10. In the England holidays for Christmas it gives the year of the return as 2020 when it will be 2021 of course.

    11. I feel this is one of the so much significant info for me. And i’m glad studying your article.
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    12. Hi, this is fantastic thank you.
      Do you have the school holidays for 2021??? We’re booking now for next year

    13. Hi Ben,

      Glad you’ve made use of our school holidays post for 2020. Unfortunately, it’s a little early to include 2021 dates just yet, but watch this space!

    14. Hi Skypark,
      Really like your school holiday calendar. Best online. Really clearly shows holidays for England, Scotland and Wales.
      Well done.
      Can I ask what time of year you post for the following year (i.e. when will 2021 calendar be posted)?
      Thanks.
      Kay

    15. Hi Kay, thanks for sending this suggestion! We will be working on updating this as soon as we can.

    16. Hi Helen, we use the official Northern Ireland school holidays government tool to find these dates and this is what they are listing. We also recommend checking with your children’s school as certain areas may have slightly different dates. Hope this helps!

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