Today, 4 August 2020, is a school holiday in (part of) the UK! (Summer holiday 2020). More below.
The next school holiday in the UK starts 19-10-2020 (Autumn break 2020 (October half term)). See details below.
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At the bottom of this page you’ll find the public holidays in the United Kingdom 2020.
Please note that public schools and private schools often have shorter terms and longer holidays.
Below are the school holiday dates 2020 for England. See the links in the table to see all the details by council.
|School Holiday||Start date||End date||Week||Details|
|Christmas holiday 2019||23-12-2019(Week: 52)||03-01-2020(Week: 01)||52 - 1||Details by council|
|REMARK: Start and end date may vary a bit.|
|February half term 2020||17-02-2020(Week: 08)||28-02-2020(Week: 09)||8 - 9||Details by council|
| REMARK: 1 week in this period, most councils first week. |
Week 8: including Bury, Derby, Hull, Leicester, London, Nottingham, Plymouth, Reading, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton.
Week 9: including Coventry and Rochdale.
Also some exceptions exist: in Plymouth schools are only closed 17 - 18 February.
|Easter holidays 2020||30-03-2020(Week: 14)||20-04-2020(Week: 17)||15-16||Details by council|
| REMARK: In most councils two weeks in this period. These dates apply to, e.g. Bury, Derby, Hull, Leicester, London, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton.|
Exceptions to above-mentioned dates are possible, e.g. Cornwall, Plymouth, Sheffield (30-3 to 13-4-2020, week 14-15) or Coventry (10-4 to 24-4-2020, week 16-17).
|Summer break 2020 (May half term)||25-05-2020(Week: 22)||29-05-2020(Week: 22)||22||Details by council|
|Summer holiday 2020||15-07-2020(Week: 29)||01-09-2020(Week: 36)||29-35||Details by council|
|REMARK: In most councils schools are closed from week 30 to 35.|
|Autumn break 2020 (October half term)||19-10-2020(Week: 43)||30-10-2020(Week: 44)||43 - 44||Details by council|
|REMARK: One week in this period (except Nottingham, two weeks). Please note that most councils have not yet determined the end dates. Details will be published as soon as possible.|
|Christmas holiday 2020||21-12-2020(Week: 52)||01-01-2021(Week: 53)||52 - 53||Details by council|
|REMARK: Start- and end date may vary a bit.|
Below are the dates for Northern Ireland.
|School Holiday||Start date||End date||Week|
|Christmas holidays 2019||23-12-2019(Week: 52)||03-01-2020(Week: 01)||52-1|
|Easter holidays 2020||09-04-2020(Week: 15)||17-04-2020(Week: 16)||16|
|REMARK: Please note: week 15 from Thursday!|
|Summer holiday 2020||01-07-2020(Week: 27)||28-08-2020(Week: 35)||27-35|
|Halloween/Autumn Holidays||02-11-2020(Week: 45)||03-11-2020(Week: 45)||44|
|REMARK: Two days only.|
|Christmas holidays||24-12-2020(Week: 52)||01-01-2021(Week: 53)||52-53|
For clarity, the Scottish school holidays are visible on a separate page. See all the dates on the following page: school holidays Scotland.
Below are the Welsh dates for 2020. Please note the spring half term regional differences.
|School Holiday||Start date||End date||Week|
|Christmas holiday 2019||23-12-2019(Week: 52)||03-01-2020(Week: 01)||52-1|
|Spring half term holiday 2020||17-02-2020(Week: 08)||28-02-2020(Week: 09)||8-9|
|REMARK: All schools one week in this period.|
|Easter holidays 2020||06-04-2020(Week: 15)||17-04-2020(Week: 16)||15-16|
|Summer half term holiday 2020||25-05-2020(Week: 22)||29-05-2020(Week: 22)||22|
|Summer holiday 2020||21-07-2020(Week: 30)||28-08-2020(Week: 35)||30-35|
|Autumn holidays||26-10-2020(Week: 44)||30-10-2020(Week: 44)||44|
|Christmas holiday||21-12-2020(Week: 52)||01-01-2021(Week: 53)||52-53|
Below are all public holidays for the UK in 2020.
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 substitue day on the next Monday.
|New Year’s Day||UK||Wed. January 1st|
|Bank holiday||Scotland||Thu. January 2nd|
|St. Patricks Day||Northern Ireland||Tue. March 17th|
|Good Friday||UK||Fri. April 10th|
|Easter monday||UK, except Scotland||Mon. April 13th|
|Early May Bank Holiday||UK||Mon. May 4th|
|Spring Bank Holiday||UK||Mon. May 25th|
|Battle of the Boyne||Northern Ireland||Sun. July 12th|
|Substitute day for Battle of the Boyne||Northern Ireland||Mon. July 13th|
|Summer Bank Holiday||Scotland||Mon. August 3rd|
|Summer Bank Holiday||UK, except Scotland||Mon. August 31st|
|St. Andrews Day||Scotland||Mon. November 30th|
|Christmas Day Holiday||UK||Fri. December 25th|
|Boxing Day||UK||Sat. December 26th.|
|Substitute day for Boxing Day||UK||Mon. December 28th|
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