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UK School Holiday Dates 2024

The school holidays always seem to creep up on us, often catching parents off guard. Given the variation in half-term and holiday schedules throughout the UK, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to the key dates for 2024. This guide aims to assist families in planning their breaks, ensuring you can make the most of the time off with your children.

Below, you’ll find detailed tables for the school holidays in England and Wales, providing clear start and end dates for each holiday period. It’s important to remember that these dates serve as a general guide. For the most accurate information, it’s advised to verify the specific dates with your local council or your children’s school.

England 2024 School Holidays

HolidayStart DateEnd Date
February half term12/02/202416/02/2024
Easter holidays29/03/202412/04/2024
Spring half term27/05/202431/05/2024
Summer holidays25/07/202430/08/2024
Autumn half term28/10/202401/11/2024
Christmas holidays 2024/2523/12/202403/01/2025
England 2024 School Holidays

Wales 2024 School Holidays

HolidayStart DateEnd Date
February half term12/02/202416/02/2024
Easter holidays25/03/202405/04/2024
May half term27/05/202431/05/2024
Summer holidays23/07/202430/08/2024
October half term28/10/202401/11/2024
Christmas holidays 2024/2523/12/202403/01/2025
Wales 2024 School Holidays

Please note that the school holiday dates listed above are to be used as a rough guide only. We recommend that you check with your local council and school to find the dates specific to you and/or your children.

Productive Ways to Spend School Holidays

School holidays offer a fantastic opportunity for children to relax, unwind, and pursue interests outside the classroom. Here are some productive ways to spend these breaks:

  • Educational Trips – Visits to museums, historical sites, and science centres can be both educational and entertaining, sparking curiosity and learning.
  • Creative Projects – Encourage your children to embark on creative projects such as painting, writing, or music, which can foster their artistic talents.
  • Outdoor Activities – Engage in outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, or even gardening. These activities promote physical health and an appreciation for nature. It’s also a great way to deal with exam stress many students experience.
  • Reading – Encourage your children to read books. Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, or comics, reading can significantly aid in developing language skills and imagination.
  • Learning New Skills – Holidays are a perfect time to learn new skills, be it a new language, cooking, or coding. Many online platforms offer courses tailored for children.
  • Volunteering – Participating in community service or volunteering for a cause can teach children about empathy, responsibility, and the importance of giving back to the community.
  • Start Private Tutoring – Holidays are a great opportunities to start tackling issues that children face at school, including hiring a private tutor to boost students’ confidence and get a head start on the school curriculum.

By planning a mix of fun, relaxation, and learning activities, you can ensure your children make the most of their school holidays, returning to school refreshed and with new experiences to share.


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