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. If you are looking for the dates for 2017, please take a look at the following page: School holidays uk 2017.

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

School Holidays 2018 England

Below you see the school holiday dates for England 2018 until the summer. Not every community has yet published definitive dates for the second half of 2018. These are preliminary dates! Please note: these are guidelines, exceptions possible. Always check with your child's school.

English school holidays 2018 - All dates are subject to changes and errors
School HolidayStart dateEnd dateWeek
Christmas holiday 2017 18-12-2017 05-01-2018 51 - 1
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 12-02-2018 23-02-2018 7 - 8
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 26-03-2018 13-04-2018 13-14-15
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) 28-05-2018 01-06-2018 22
Summer holiday 2018 16-07-2018 05-09-2018 29-35
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.


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School Holidays Northern Ireland 2018

Below you see the school holiday dates for Northern Ireland 2018, as far as published by the local authorities at this moment. Please note: these are guidelines.

School holidays Northern Ireland 2018 - All dates are subject to changes and errors
School HolidayStart dateEnd dateWeek
Christmas holiday 2017 21-12-2017 01-01-2018 51-52
Mid term 2018 15-02-2018 16-02-2018 7
REMARK: Pay attention: only Thursday and Friday!
Easter holidays 2018 29-03-2018 06-04-2018 14
REMARK: Please note: week 13 from Thursday!
Summer holiday 2018 02-07-2018 31-08-2018 27-35


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School Holidays Scotland 2018

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

School holidays Scotland 2018 - All dates are subject to changes and errors
School HolidayStart dateEnd dateWeek
Christmas holiday 2017 22-12-2017 07-01-2018 52-1
REMARK: Some school close and resume some days earlier.
Mid term break 2018 12-02-2018 20-02-2018 7-8
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 30-03-2018 13-04-2018 14-15
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 25-05-2018 28-05-2018 14-15
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 27-06-2018 20-08-2018 27-33
REMARK: Begin and start date may vary a bit per council. Most schools start somewhere in week 33.
Autumn/mid term break 2018 08-10-2018 26-10-2018 41-42-43
REMARK: Two weeks in this period per council. Not all councils have published these dates yet. 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.
Christmas holiday 2018 24-12-2018 04-01-2019 52-1

School Holidays Wales 2018

Below the school holiday 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
School HolidayStart dateEnd dateWeek
Christmas holiday 2017 23-12-2017 07-01-2018 52-1
Spring half term 2018 12-02-2018 16-02-2018 7
REMARK: Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Powys, Wrexham
Spring half term 2018 19-02-2018 23-02-2018 8
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 26-03-2018 06-04-2018 13-14
REMARK: Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Powys, Wrexham
Easter holidays 2018 30-03-2018 13-04-2018 14-15
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 28-05-2018 01-06-2018 22
Summer holiday 2018 23-07-2018 02-09-2018 30-35
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

 

Public holidays 2018

The British have a couple times a year 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 at 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 28th.
St. Andrews Day Scotland Fri. November 30th.
Christmas Day Holiday UK Tue. December 25th.
Boxing Day UK Wed. December 26th.

 

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