No current school holidayToday, 22 November 2018, is no official school holiday in the UK.

Upcoming school holidayThe next school holiday in the UK starts 24-12-2018 (Christmas holiday 2018). See details below.

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. 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.

England 2018

Below you see the school holiday 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 errors and changes
School HolidayStart dateEnd dateWeekDetails
Christmas holiday 201718-12-201705-01-201851 - 1Details by council
 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 201812-02-201823-02-20187 - 8Details by council
 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 201826-03-201813-04-201813-14-15Details by council
 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)28-05-201801-06-201822Details by council
Summer holiday 201816-07-201805-09-201829-35Details by council
 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)22-10-201802-11-201843 - 44Details by council
 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 201824-12-201804-01-201952 - 1Details by council
 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.

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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 errors and changes
School HolidayStart dateEnd dateWeek
Christmas holiday 201721-12-201701-01-201851-52
Mid term 201815-02-201816-02-20187
 REMARK: Please note: only Thursday and Friday!
Easter holidays 201829-03-201806-04-201814
 REMARK: Please note: week 13 from Thursday!
Summer holiday 201802-07-201831-08-201827-35
Halloween 201831-10-201802-11-201844
Christmas holidays 201824-12-201801-01-201952-1

Scotland 2018

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

School holidays Scotland 2018 - All dates are subject to errors and changes
School HolidayStart dateEnd dateWeek
Christmas holiday 201722-12-201707-01-201852-1
 REMARK: Some school close and resume some days earlier.
Mid term break 201812-02-201820-02-20187-8
 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 201830-03-201813-04-201814-15
 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 201825-05-201828-05-201814-15
 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 201827-06-201820-08-201827-33
 REMARK: Begin and start date may vary a bit per council. Most schools start somewhere in week 33.
September Weekend 201821-09-201824-09-2018-
 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 201808-10-201826-10-201841-42-43
 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 201824-12-201804-01-201952-1
 REMARK: Start and end dates may vary a bit per council.

Wales 2018

Below the 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 errors and changes
School HolidayRegionStart dateEnd dateWeek
Christmas holiday 201723-12-201707-01-201852-1
Spring half term 2018Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Powys, Wrexham12-02-201816-02-20187
 REMARK: Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Powys, Wrexham
Spring half term 2018Blaenau 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 Anglesey19-02-201823-02-20188
 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 2018Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Powys, Wrexham26-03-201806-04-201813-14
 REMARK: Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Powys, Wrexham
Easter holidays 2018Blaenau 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 Anglesey30-03-201813-04-201814-15
 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 201828-05-201801-06-201822
Summer holiday 201823-07-201802-09-201830-35
 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
Autumn break 201829-10-201802-11-201844
Christmas holiday 201824-12-201804-01-201952-1

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 holidayCountries2018
New Year’s DayUK Mon. January 1st.
Bank holidayScotlandTue. January 2nd
St. Patricks DayNorthern Ireland Sat. March 17th
Good FridayUKFri. March 30th
Easter mondayUK, except ScotlandMon. April 2nd
Early May Bank HolidayUKMon. May 7th.
Spring Bank HolidayUKMon. May 28th.
Battle of the BoyneNorthern IrelandThu. July 12th
Summer Bank HolidayScotlandMon. August 6th.
Summer Bank HolidayUK, except ScotlandMon. August 27th.
St. Andrews DayScotlandFri. November 30th.
Christmas Day HolidayUKTue. December 25th.
Boxing DayUKWed. December 26th.

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