When do kids break up from school? Summer Holiday dates 2022

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As we enter June, many parents are wondering when do kids break up from school for the annual summer holidays?

It might feel like they've only just gone back to school (opens in new tab) after the May half term. But with the longer days and warmer weather here, many are dreaming of those precious six weeks off.

Yes, those golden rays mean plenty of fun things to do with kids (opens in new tab) both in and out the house come August. Be that a trip to a theme park or a family picnic whilst exploring a National Trust property. Though of course, there's still some cheap rainy-day activities (opens in new tab) to try too, should the heavens decide to open during the holidays. We share the break-up dates for schools across the UK alongside lots of handy ideas to help keep them busy.

When do kids break up from school for the summer holidays 2022?

In England, kids break up from school for the summer holidays on Friday 22 July. This year's break lasts for just over 5 weeks, with children not returning to the classroom until late August.

Schoolchildren in Wales and Northern Ireland finish for their holidays the following week. Welsh pupils wrap up their studies on Monday 25 July, whilst children in Northern Ireland leave for the summer on Thursday 28 July.

This differs from pupils in Scotland who break up for their school summer holidays much earlier. Scottish schoolchildren break up from school on Monday 1 July. Though because their holidays start sooner, they return to school sooner in mid August.

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2021-2022 school holidays and term dates

The following school holiday and term dates for the academic year 2021-2022 represent the majority of schools. Though it’s always advised to check these dates directly with your child’s school.

England:

  • Half term: Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June 2022.
  • Summer school term: Monday 6 June - Thursday 21 July 2022.
  • Summer holidays: Friday 22 July - Wednesday 31 August 2022.
  • New school year starts: Thursday 1 September - Friday 21 October 2022.

Check individual school term dates in England here (opens in new tab).

Wales:

  • Half term: Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June 2022.
  • Summer school term: Monday 6 June - Friday 22 July 2022.
  • Summer holidays: Monday 25 July - Friday 2 September 2022.
  • New school year starts: Monday 5 September - Friday 28 October 2022.

Check individual school term dates in Wales here (opens in new tab).

Scotland:

  • Summer school term: Monday 18 April - Thursday 30 June 2022. (*exception of the bank holidays – 2 & 3 June).
  • Summer holidays: Friday 1 July - Monday 15 August 2022.
  • New school year starts: Tuesday 16 August - Friday 7 October 2022.

Check individual school term dates in Scotland here (opens in new tab).

Northern Ireland:

  • Summer school term: Monday 25 April - Thursday 28 July 2022. (*exception of the bank holidays – 2 & 3 June).
  • Summer holidays: Friday 29 July - Wednesday 31 August 2022
  • New school year starts: Thursday 1 September - Friday 28 October 2022.

Check individual school term dates in Northern Ireland here (opens in new tab).

Things to do during half term:

There's plenty of activities to try that ensure some quality time together. Be that a day out with the whole family or some free crafts to keep them busy at home.

Make the most of the warmer weather and take the children out fruit picking (opens in new tab), with strawberry picking (opens in new tab) a tasty task for tiny hands. A family trip to the swimming pool (opens in new tab) is an excellent way to cool down in the heat. Though you can always invest in a top-rated paddling pool (opens in new tab) and have them soak up the fun from the comfort of your own garden.

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British beaches are another affordable must-visit in June, whether that's as part of a UK family break (opens in new tab) or just a day trip to the sea. Sandcastles, a splash in the sea and beach rounders are sure to knacker out little ones. And who doesn't love a fish and chip dinner sitting on the sand?

As for older children - you can't beat a day out to one of the UK's best theme parks (opens in new tab) like Alton Towers or Thorpe Park. History buffs should explore some of the best UK castles (opens in new tab) or consider a National Trust visit (opens in new tab). Whilst animal lovers will love a trip to the zoo or local aquarium. Rainy day activities could include a trip to the bowling alley, cinema or a soft play area (opens in new tab).

Families looking to take a trip further afield should swat up on our regional Family Days Out guides too...

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