School holidays 2018 UK

School Holidays 2018 United Kingdom (UK)

On this page you can find the dates for the school holidays 2018 in the UK. You can also check out the separate pages for England, Northern IrelandScotland and Wales

At the bottom of this page you can find the public holidays in the United Kingdom 2018.

For England we have also added all the details by council. Just click below on the link Details by Council for each holiday you want to know the details for. There you can just enter (a part of) the name of your council and get your exact dates. 

Please note that public schools and private schools often have shorter terms and longer holidays.

School Holidays England 2018

Below you see the dates for England 2018. Please note: these are guidelines, exceptions possible. Always check with your child's school.

School holidays England 2018 - All dates are subject to change
HolidayStart dateEnd dateWeekDetails
Christmas holiday 2017 18-12-20172017-12-18 2018-01-05 05-01-2018 51 - 1Details by councilChristmas holiday 2017EnglandGB
REMARK: End and start date may vary a bit. Most schools two weeks within this period.
First two weeks: e.g. Bradford, Bristol, Derby, Leeds, Manchester,Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton.
Last two weeks: e.g. Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Liverpool, Nottingham, Sheffield.
Also some exceptions exist: e.g. Bury, London and Manchester Thursday 21 December 2017 - Monday 1 January 2018.
February half term 2018 12-02-20182018-02-12 2018-02-23 23-02-2018 7 - 8Details by councilFebruary half term 2018EnglandGB
REMARK: 1 week in this period
Week 7: e.g. Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton.
Week 8: e.g. Birmingham, Bury, Coventry, Derby, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton.
Also some exceptions exist: in Bradford schools are only closed 12 - 14 February.
Easter holidays 2018 26-03-20182018-03-26 2018-04-13 13-04-2018 13-14-15Details by councilEaster holidays 2018EnglandGB
REMARK: 2 weeks in this period. However, in most regions schools are closed from 30-3 to 13-4-2018. Exceptions are e.g. Bristol, Derby, Leicester, Liverpool, Reading: Thursday 26 March 2018 - 6 April 2018.
Summer break 2018 (May half term) 28-05-20182018-05-28 2018-06-01 01-06-2018 22Details by councilSummer break 2018 (May half term)EnglandGB
Summer holiday 2018 16-07-20182018-07-16 2018-09-05 05-09-2018 29-35Details by councilSummer holiday 2018EnglandGB
REMARK: Small differences in start and end date per region possible. In most regions the start date is July 25 or 26 2018 and the last day of the school holiday is 31 August 2018. Not all end dates are known yet.
Autumn break 2018 (October half term) 22-10-20182018-10-22 2018-11-02 02-11-2018 43 - 44Details by councilAutumn break 2018 (October half term)EnglandGB
REMARK: Schools closed first or second week. However, in most regions schools are closed the first week, 22 - 26 October 2018
First week (43): including Bradford (only until October 24th), Bury, Coventry, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton.
Second week (44): including Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton.
Exceptions possible!
Christmas holiday 2018 24-12-20182018-12-24 2019-01-04 04-01-2019 52 - 1Details by councilChristmas holiday 2018EnglandGB
REMARK: End and start date may vary a bit. Some exceptions exist: e.g. Bradford and Manchester. Thursday 20 December 2018 - Tuesday 1 Januari 2019 respectively Wednesday 2 January 2019.

If you want to search by postcode, you can also visit this government website. Although, that's more work. :)

Planning a holiday? Find one here or get inspired!

School Holidays Northern Ireland 2018

Below you see the dates for Northern Ireland 2018. Please note: these are guidelines.

School holidays Northern Ireland 2018 - All dates are subject to changes and errors
HolidayStart dateEnd dateWeekCountry
Christmas holiday 2017 21-12-20172017-12-21 2018-01-01 01-01-2018 51-52Northern IrelandChristmas holiday 2017Northern IrelandGBNorthern Ireland
Mid term 2018 15-02-20182018-02-15 2018-02-16 16-02-2018 7Northern IrelandMid term 2018Northern IrelandGBNorthern Ireland
REMARK: Please note: only Thursday and Friday!
Easter holidays 2018 29-03-20182018-03-29 2018-04-06 06-04-2018 14Northern IrelandEaster holidays 2018Northern IrelandGBNorthern Ireland
REMARK: Please note: week 13 from Thursday!
Summer holiday 2018 02-07-20182018-07-02 2018-08-31 31-08-2018 27-35Northern IrelandSummer holiday 2018Northern IrelandGBNorthern Ireland
Halloween 2018 31-10-20182018-10-31 2018-11-02 02-11-2018 44Northern IrelandHalloween 2018Northern IrelandGBNorthern Ireland
Christmas holidays 2018 24-12-20182018-12-24 2019-01-01 01-01-2019 52-1Northern IrelandChristmas holidays 2018Northern IrelandGBNorthern Ireland

Scotland 2018

Below you see the dates for Scotland 2018. Please note: these are guidelines.

School holidays Scotland 2018 - All dates are subject to changes and errors
HolidayStart dateEnd dateWeekCountry
Christmas holiday 2017 22-12-20172017-12-22 2018-01-07 07-01-2018 52-1ScotlandChristmas holiday 2017ScotlandGB
REMARK: Some school close and resume some days earlier.
Mid term break 2018 12-02-20182018-02-12 2018-02-20 20-02-2018 7-8ScotlandMid term break 2018ScotlandGB
REMARK: From 1 day to 1 week in this period. Most councils two days. E.g. Glasgow, Edinburgh, Noth and South Lanarkshire, West-Lothian: 12 and 13 February 2018.
Easter holidays 2018 30-03-20182018-03-30 2018-04-13 13-04-2018 14-15ScotlandEaster holidays 2018ScotlandGB
REMARK: Most councils in this period. Some exceptions possible. E.g. Edinburgh (until 16-4-2018) or West Lothian (26 March 2018 - 6 April 2018).
May holiday / weekend 2018 25-05-20182018-05-25 2018-05-28 28-05-2018 14-15ScotlandMay holiday / weekend 2018ScotlandGB
REMARK: Only long weekend, not every council, exceptions possible. Councils with may holiday: e.g. North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, City of Dundee. West Lothian 7 and 8 May 2018.
Summer holiday 2018 27-06-20182018-06-27 2018-08-20 20-08-2018 27-33ScotlandSummer holiday 2018ScotlandGB
REMARK: Begin and start date may vary a bit per council. Most schools start somewhere in week 33.
September Weekend 2018 21-09-20182018-09-21 2018-09-24 24-09-2018 -ScotlandSeptember Weekend 2018ScotlandGB
REMARK: Does not apply to all councils. Sometimes only one day or not at all. However, most councils in this period. Does apply to Glasgow, North- and South Lanarkshire, Aberdeen and Renfrewshire. Some exceptions possible, e.g. West Lothian (14-17 September 2018).
Autumn/mid term break 2018 08-10-20182018-10-08 2018-10-26 26-10-2018 41-42-43ScotlandAutumn/mid term break 2018ScotlandGB
REMARK: One or two weeks in this period per council. Always check with your children's school.
Week 41-42: e.g. Fife, City of Dundee.
Week 42-43: e.g. Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, Dunfries of Galloway.
Only week 42: e.g. Falkirk, North- and South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, West Lothian.
Christmas holiday 2018 24-12-20182018-12-24 2019-01-04 04-01-2019 52-1ScotlandChristmas holiday 2018ScotlandGB
REMARK: Start and end dates may vary a bit per council.

Wales 2018

Below the dates for Wales 2018. Local authorities are responsible for setting the dates. Please note: these dates are general guidelines, exceptions possible. Always check with your child's school.

School holidays Wales 2018 - All dates are subject to changes and errors
HolidayStart dateEnd dateWeekCountry
Christmas holiday 2017 23-12-20172017-12-23 2018-01-07 07-01-2018 52-1WalesChristmas holiday 2017WalesGB
Spring half term 2018 12-02-20182018-02-12 2018-02-16 16-02-2018 7WalesSpring half term 2018WalesGB
REMARK: Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Powys, Wrexham
Spring half term 2018 19-02-20182018-02-19 2018-02-23 23-02-2018 8WalesSpring half term 2018WalesGB
REMARK: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan and Isle of Anglesey
Easter holidays 2018 26-03-20182018-03-26 2018-04-06 06-04-2018 13-14WalesEaster holidays 2018WalesGB
REMARK: Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Powys, Wrexham
Easter holidays 2018 30-03-20182018-03-30 2018-04-13 13-04-2018 14-15WalesEaster holidays 2018WalesGB
REMARK: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan and Isle of Anglesey
Half term 2018 28-05-20182018-05-28 2018-06-01 01-06-2018 22WalesHalf term 2018WalesGB
Summer holiday 2018 23-07-20182018-07-23 2018-09-02 02-09-2018 30-35WalesSummer holiday 2018WalesGB
REMARK: In Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan and Isle of Anglesey first day of summer holiday is 25 July 2018
Autumn break 2018 29-10-20182018-10-29 2018-11-02 02-11-2018 44WalesAutumn break 2018WalesGB
Christmas holiday 2018 24-12-20182018-12-24 2019-01-04 04-01-2019 52-1WalesChristmas holiday 2018WalesGB

 

Public holidays 2018

A few times a year there's a so-called Bank Holiday. A Bank Holiday is a free Monday, making them a long weekend.

Bank Holidays are named this because once the banks were closed on these days, all other businesses were closed as well.

If Christmas and New Year's Day are on the weekend, this is compensated with a Bank Holiday Monday.

 

Public holidays United Kingdom 2018
Public holiday Countries 2018
New Year's Day UK  Mon. January 1st.
Bank holiday Scotland Tue. January 2nd
St. Patricks Day Northern Ireland  Sat. March 17th
Good Friday UK Fri. March 30th
Easter monday UK, except Scotland Mon. April 2nd
Early May Bank Holiday UK Mon. May 7th.
Spring Bank Holiday UK Mon. May 28th.
Battle of the Boyne Northern Ireland Thu. July 12th
Summer Bank Holiday Scotland Mon. August 6th.
Summer Bank Holiday UK, except Scotland Mon. August 27th.
St. Andrews Day Scotland Fri. November 30th.
Christmas Day Holiday UK Tue. December 25th.
Boxing Day UK Wed. December 26th.

 

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