All UK School Holidays

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If one word could sum up being a parent, it’s planning. Planning what the kids are having for dinner, who can pick them up after school or whether you really can juggle all the clubs and classes they want to join! It’s an essential part of life – and never more so than when thinking about the school holidays.

What are the school holidays this year?
When are the Easter holidays?
What are the dates for half term in Scotland?
When are the kids off again?
How many bank holidays are there this year?

All UK School Holidays in 2022

Whether your kids are in primary school or secondary school, their holidays will be at the same time (in the area that you live in).

It’s time to pin the facts down. To help, we’ve outlined the UK school holidays in 2022 below, handily separated by country. These give the outlying dates at the beginning and end of each school holiday and we’ve even thrown in a few extra ideas so you can start planning your next family adventure.

Your child’s school holiday should fall between these dates, but there are variations between counties and there may be additional teacher training days. We always advise checking with your school for the most accurate information.

English School Holiday Dates 2022

  • Spring term starts: From 4th January 2022
  • February half-term: 21st February – 25th February (1 week)
  • Spring term ends: 8th April 2022
  • Easter holidays: 11th April – 22th April (start/end date may vary)
  • Summer term starts: 25th April 2022
  • May half-term: 30th May – 3rd June (start/end date may vary)
  • Summer term ends: From 21st July 2022
  • Summer holidays: 25th July – 2nd September

Scottish School Holiday Dates 2022

  • Spring term starts: 5th January 2022
  • February half-term: 11th February – 18th February(1 week)
  • Spring term ends: 1st April 2022
  • Easter holidays: 1st April – 19th April (start/end date may vary)
  • Summer term starts: 25th April 2022
  • Summer holidays: From 30th June – 17th August 2022 (start and end date may vary)

Welsh School Holiday Dates 2022

  • Spring term starts: 4th January 2022
  • February half-term: 21st February – 25th February (1 week)
  • Spring term ends: 8th April 2022
  • Easter holidays: 11th April – 22nd April (start/end date may vary)
  • Summer term starts: 25th April 2022
  • May half-term: 30th May – 3rd June (start/end date may vary)
  • Summer term ends: 22nd July 2022
  • Summer holidays: From 25th July (usually 5-6 weeks, start and end date may vary)

Northern Irish School Holidays 2022

  • Spring term starts: 4th January 2022
  • February half-term: 17th February – 18th February
  • Spring term ends: 22nd April 2022
  • Easter holidays: 14th April – 22nd April (start/end date may vary)
  • Summer term starts: 25th April 2022
  • Summer holidays: From 1st July (usually 5-6 weeks, start and end date may vary)

Ideas for the School Holidays

We hope that’s helped you get your head around the UK school holidays and half-term dates; now all that’s left to do is start thinking about a few days out to stick in the calendar. There’s almost no end to what you could choose from with well over 6,000 attractions, and we promise we won’t judge if you can’t fit them all into one year!

Start by searching for things to do near you by entering your postcode on the homepage, or check out some of our recommendations for the different times of year below:

February half term is that lovely time of year when the woods seem to wake up after their winter sleep and you can finally go out and explore again!

As well as Easter Egg Hunts and more chocolate than any kid could ever need (see if they agree!), the Easter holidays are all about farm parks and baby animals.

Keep cool in the (slightly) higher temperatures of the summer holidays with a visit to an aqua park, or try an indoor water park if the weather is decidedly more British. There are so many days to fill with exciting activities during the summer and we can help you out, with a list of all super summer fun attractions in our latest blog!

School Holiday FAQs

Are schools open on a bank holiday?

No – schools are closed on a bank holiday. The Easter bank holidays – Good Friday on 15th April 2022 and Easter Monday on 18th April 2022 – usually fall within the Easter school holidays and the late May bank holiday (31st May) falls in the May half term – this varies by country though, so please check the above.

This year there is an additional bank holiday for the Queen’s Jubilee on the 2nd and 3rd June, making it a 4 day weekend!

How many weeks of holiday do schools have?

Schools have around 13 weeks of holiday each year, but this does vary by area and school so please check above or contact your school for the most accurate and up to date information for your kids.

What are the school holidays for 2022?

The six holidays are February, May, Easter (March/April), Summer, October and Christmas (December).

What is half term?

Half term is the short break in the middle of the school term (semester) which usually consists of one week, rather than the longer breaks at the end of each term. There are half-term breaks in February, May and October.

Start Your Adventure

To get started on your next family adventure, head over to the home page to search for the best days out with the kids nearby, using your town or postcode. Here’s to some wonderful school holidays this year!

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