UK School Holidays Dates 2020

    School Holidays Contents

    1) English School Holidays2) Northern Irish School Holidays
    3) Scottish School Holidays4) Welsh School Holidays
    5) School Holiday Calendar6) Best Time to Go Away

    Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, school closures have been put in place to curb the spread of the disease.

    After the government closed all schools across the UK on the 20th March, excluding the children of key workers, many have asked what this means for UK School holidays.

    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.

    We’ve broken down the school holidays for you below using information from School Holidays Europe.

    You can use this guide in conjunction with our Bank Holiday 2020 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 2020 calendar at the bottom of the page. Thanks to 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 2020 School Holidays

    Please note that these are purely guidelines and differences will occur depending on your local council. For example, no school will take the entire seven-week timespan for summer, but we’ve provided the full date range for your information.
    HolidayStart DateEnd DateWeek
    Summer Holidays 202015/7/20201/9/202029-35
    October Half Term 202019/10/202030/10/202043-44
    Christmas Holidays 202021/12/20201/1/202152-1

    Northern Ireland 2020 School Holidays

    Please note that these are purely guidelines and differences will occur depending on your local council. For example, no school will take the entire nine-week timespan for summer, but we’ve provided the full date range for your information.
    HolidayStart DateEnd DateWeek
    Summer Holidays 20201/7/202028/8/202027-35
    Halloween 20202/11/20203/11/202045
    Christmas Holidays 202024/12/20201/1/202152–1

    Scotland 2020 School Holidays

    Please note that these are purely guidelines and differences will occur depending on your local council. For example, no school will take the entire nine-week timespan for summer, but we’ve provided the full date range for your information.
    HolidayStart DateEnd DateWeek
    Summer Holidays 202025/6/202019/8/202026–34
    Autumn Half Term 202014/9/202028/9/202038–40
    Autumn Holidays 20205/10/202027/10/202041–44
    Christmas Holidays 202021/12/20206/1/202152–1

    Wales 2020 School Holidays

    Please note that these are purely guidelines and differences will occur depending on your local council. For example, your local school may not take the entire six weeks for summer, but we’ve provided the full date range for your information.
    HolidayStart DateEnd DateWeek
    Summer Holidays 202021/7/202028/8/202030-35
    Autumn Holidays 202026/10/202030/10/202044
    Christmas Holidays 202021/12/20201/1/202152–1

    UK School Holidays 2020 Calendar

    When is the Best Time to Go Away in 2020?

    Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, some places have differing rules for quarantine upon return. It is best to book a holiday that requires no quarantine, which you can plan ahead for by using the fitfortravel website. here are some dates later in the year if you are postponing your holiday. If you’re trying to avoid the crowds for your 2020 holiday, you should consider going away during the following periods when no schools are off:

    • 2nd–11th September
    • 4th November–18th December

    26 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.

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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.

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